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Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana volunteer Amy Winstead shares tips for navigating eBudde™ Troop App Plus

From Little Brownie Bakers

Amy Winstead of Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana is a troop leader and area cookie chair. When we talked to her in early January, she was busy helping 30 troops prepare for booth sales. She had the challenge of working out logistics and resolving issues along the way.

The eBudde Troop App Plus is a tool Amy says she uses to get things done on the go, and she has several tips for volunteers who are just learning how to navigate the app and its features.

Amy’s tips for new cookie volunteers

  • Explore the eBudde desktop site first to get a good feel for what’s there. The large format helps you get a bird’s-eye view of the system.
  • Then, download the eBudde Troop App Plus. Almost everything that you see on the desktop is on the app, so you can do most of your work from your phone on the go.
  • Keep eBudde and the receipt book updated, and you’ll have everything you need.
  • Keep it simple and don’t recreate the wheel. If all the information is in eBudde, someone can easily get remote help when needed.
  • Amy is looking forward to seeing how the app’s Cookie Exchange feature helps troops manage their inventory this year. There are always troops that need to exchange with other troops, especially toward the end of the season.

Amy’s tips for experienced cookie volunteers

  • Tired of leaving a meeting only to have “homework” to do? No more. Pull up the eBudde Troop App. Plus, write your receipt and do your data entry right there, where the girls can get more cookies.
  • You know certain booth locations are big opportunities and they fill up fast. Use the app to sign up to be notified if a time slot becomes available in a particular location you like.
  • Remember, if you can’t make your booth time, be sure to drop it in eBudde. The app makes it easy to do this, so we can be considerate of others who would like that slot.
  • If you’re leading older girls, consider letting them enter their own cookie orders into the app.

Because the app is formatted to show one girl at a time, you can keep the other girls’ information private.

“Our goal is to have the girls run the business in high school, so the technology aspect is important,” says Amy, whose own troop is comprised of Girl Scout Cadettes. “We want to get the girls involved in the app, so they are truly managing their own sale.”

Amy’s tips for area cookie chairs

  • Sometimes, two troops arrive for the same booth time and location. Use eBudde as the final word. Have everyone open the app to see who is supposed to be at the booth—and then use the app to find a nearby open booth for the other troop.
  • Helping troop volunteers with eBudde is easy with the app. You can walk them through issues step by step because you can see everything they see.
  • To prevent errors or misunderstandings, it’s generally best to refrain from editing a troop’s information unless you have permission from the volunteer.
  • One of the main jobs of the area cookie chair is connecting who needs cookies with who has too many. Encourage people to use the app’s Cookie Exchange feature to make it easier on everyone.

2019 Best Cookie Dad contest: Dad leads the pack

Submitted Jenni Grossman

Western Colorado

Grand Junction

Ryan is our troop’s Cookie Dad. He volunteered for this position after joining our troop. He had previous experience doing it for a smaller troop, but he made the jump to managing almost 30 girls and their cookies. He works full-time, so balancing Cookie Dad too is no easy feat! He even rented a giant Uhaul for cookie delivery to make it easier on the other volunteers. He has worked so hard and it’s just the beginning of the season. Our troop is so lucky to have Ryan as a part of our team!

Ryan was a go-getter when he organized cookie pick-up and did it all on his own! He is a leader by selecting as many booth sites as he can to help our girls reach their goals! He takes risks by jumping in to help and never looking back. He is using innovation skills to manage the girls’ cookies, money, orders, and work with parents—all with a smile on his face!

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads who help Girl Scouts all across Colorado meet their goals. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

2019 Best Cookie Dad contest: My dancing dad

Submitted by Jon S.

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

My dad says to just have fun with it. He dances and acts goofy – and that gets cars to stop at our booth and buy cookies. He is awesome and makes all the hard work fun!

I am nine and a Junior, but I can be shy. Cookies have helped me get tons more comfortable talking to people.

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads who help Girl Scouts all across Colorado meet their goals. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

Vote NOW in the 2019 Best Cookie Video contest

Thank you to everyone who entered our contest for “Best Cookie Video.” We are so impressed by the creativity and enthusiasm of all of these cookie-bosses. Now, it is time to rally your friends and family to vote!

All of the entries have been uploaded to our YouTube Channel and are part of the playlist: Best Cookie Video Contest 2019. If you like a video, simply click the “thumbs up” icon beneath it. The video that receives the most “thumbs up” by February 21 at 9 a.m. wins!

First Prize: $200 in Cookie Credits

Second Prize: $100 in Cookie Credits

Third Prize: $50 in Cookie Credits

2019 Best Cookie Video contest: Genevieve’s cookie video

My Name is Genevieve and I am a Girl Scout Brownie. This is my second year selling cookies and my goal is 1,000 packages of cookies so I can go to Mermaid Camp. I am working really hard doing booth sales and going door-to-door, so I can earn enough Cookie Credits so that I don’t have to mow lawns to help pay for camp!

Watch my video here: https://youtu.be/cq9ysodK2cw

To enter this year’s “Best Cookie Video Contest,” just email your video, along with a brief story and your cookie goal, to Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

2019 Best Cookie Video contest: Audrey’s cookie video

Submitted by Audrey G.

Metro Denver

I am a fourth grade Girl Scout Junior.  I have been selling cookies for the last four years and I am excited to be selling them again.  My goal this year is 1,000 packages of cookies.  I know it’s a lot, but I know I can do it.   By reaching my goal, it will help pay for summer and fall camp.

What I enjoy most about Girl Scouts is the outdoors.  This includes, hiking, exploring, and camping.  I also like that our troop lets each girl lead a different badge that we all get to earn.

Watch my video here: https://youtu.be/UPshXckNujQ

To enter this year’s “Best Cookie Video Contest,” just email your video, along with a brief story and your cookie goal, to Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Finding her place in Colorado

Submitted by Jaime F.

Metro Denver

Aurora

My daughter Claire is a military brat and second year Brownie that recently moved to Colorado from Washington state. I’m sharing this with you because she has had such a hard time since we had to leave her troop back in Washington this past summer. We weren’t sure if we would be able to find “the one” troop for her here. That recently changed. Ruby (our GSCO placement specialist) found her a new home with Troop 67285 out of Aurora. Her new troop leaders, Shelly and Amy, invited us to come meet them and pick up cookies. They embraced and included my daughter like she has been theirs all along. The girls that were there for cookie pick-up were kind and inclusive and played with her like they were long lost sisters. They are the perfect example of what being a Girl Scout is. We are so excited to continue her journey with Girl Scouts in Colorado now. Her smile says it all.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

2019 Best Cookie Dad contest: Always there and supports me

 

Submitted by Ashley A.

Northern & Northeastern CO

Mead

My dad has always supported me in Girl Scouts. He wears his “Man enough to be a Girl Scout” tshirt a lot.

He helps me sell cookies every year and it has been three years. We moved from Illinois to Colorado and I found a troop here that camps in tents. He was willing to donate and lend his personal camping gear to help my troop camp. He offers to be a member, if needed, and he would be there in a heartbeat. He even gave his van to us for a camp-out because at the last minute we needed another car for transportation.

His smile and friendly sales pitch has helped me already sell over 200 packages of cookies and that was my first day selling. My mom is a leader and is always there, so my dad does not have to go out of his way to help me, but he still does. I am very lucky to have such a great dad!

I was brave enough to join a Colorado troop when my family moved. I wanted to sell more cookies this year, so I made a poster and set up at a corner near my church. I made new friends at my troop, church, and new school. Since I joined my new Colorado troop, in just one year I went kayaking, hiking, tent and tabin camping, paddle boarding, and participated in a parade and flag ceremony. I have already attended Magic Sky Ranch and Meadow Mountain Ranch camps and I am hoping to go to a new one this year. Girl Scouts has taught me how to make friends, be brave, and try new things. I am a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader) in Girl Scouts and proud of it.

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads who help Girl Scouts all across Colorado meet their goals. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

2019 Best Cookie Video contest: Maible Grace’s cookie video

Submitted by Maible Grace M., Daisy Troop 77904

I love Girl Scout Daisies! We do it all, from crafts, robotics, and tea parties to day hikes and weekend campouts. My troop and I are working to earn money for new adventures, including more campouts and an overnight at the Denver Zoo!

I may sometimes have a hard time saying the word “entrepreneur,” but that’s what I am. Through the cookie program, I am working toward a goal and gaining confidence with every sale I make.

I hope to sell at least 525 packages of cookies, including 50 or more packages in donations for the food pantry at Our Center in Longmont. This would be nearly twice as many cookies as I sold last year in my first year of cookie sales.

Watch my video here: https://youtu.be/Z9SJFueDzac

To enter this year’s “Best Cookie Video Contest,” just email your video, along with a brief story and your cookie goal, to Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

2019 Best Cookie Video contest: Coreena’s cookie video

Cookie sales are really fun. I want to sell a lot of cookies and have a lot of fun.  I am hoping to get a lot of cookies donated.  We will be delivering them to a local food bank!  If we reach our goal, we get to go to Great Wolf Lodge and donate to Children’s Hospital.  I’m working really hard and asking everyone to please buy some cookies!

Watch my video here: https://youtu.be/HvI_Q99sVpA

To enter this year’s “Best Cookie Video Contest,” just email your video, along with a brief story and your cookie goal, to Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.