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Smart Cookie: March 2, 2020

Our girl entrepreneurs and our supportive volunteers are wrapping up the Girl Scout Cookie Program for the season. It’s been a great program! Thank you for the hard work, long hours, and endless enthusiasm you bring to supporting Girl Scouts during the cookie program and throughout the year.

Check in with  girls and families to make sure they don’t have excess inventory. You can always redistribute extra cookies to girls in your troop who have a booth coming up or offer the cookies to other troops on the Cookie Exchange in eBudde. If you need additional inventory to fill orders or for final booths, check with troops in your service unit first for troop-to-troop transfers.

Hometown Hero Booths

At this point in the program, many customers have already purchased cookies, but generous Coloradans are happy to support your Hometown Hero if you ask. Set up cookie booths this week as Hometown Hero booths.

Make a poster with images and facts about your HTH organization, and when folks walk by your booth ask, “Would you like to purchase a package of Girl Scout Cookies for our Hometown Hero?” Tell them how many packages you’re hoping to collect and explain more about your hero and what they do.

Earn the Uniform to Uniform patch

Invite local uniformed personnel, such as law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs, etc., to visit you during your My Sale or Council Booth sale. What a great opportunity to spread the word about your Hometown Hero or the Gift of Caring program and be sure to take a group photo. Afterwards, upload your photo(s) and story using the Share Your Stories form on the GSCO Blog. The best photos and stories will be shared on the GSCO Blog and social media networks. To claim your patch, complete our online form no later than Friday, March 13, 2020.

Celebrate Girl Scout Week

Whether you’re a Girl Scout alum, girl member, dedicated volunteer, supporter, or simply have an extraordinary Girl Scout in your life, you’re an important part of the Girl Scout family. And you know what families do together? Celebrate! Girl Scout Week 2020 is Sunday, March 8, through Saturday, March 14. In addition to celebrating with your Girl Scout sisters, invite the community to join in! Celebrate each day of Girl Scout Week using our special calendar.

Cookie Program wrap-up

Allocate cookies: Make sure all the cookies in your troop’s inventory are allocated to girls in your troop. There should be no cookies in the troop cupboard that are not allocated to girls in the troop.

  • Need assistance? Look for  “how-to” short videos and recorded live webinars on our GSCO Facebook page/videos and YouTube page, to help answer questions you have. You can also check-in with your service unit cookie manager.

Select Girl Rewards: Once everything is allocated, remind your girls to select their rewards.

Reward orders are due in eBudde by 8 p.m. March 12. If you have girls who do not make reward selections by the deadline, choose the item instead of Cookie Credits. If later the girl wants the Cookie Credits instead, it’s easier for GSCO to make the change. Don’t forget, girls have the option of holding Cookie Credits at council to be applied to summer camp fees.

Money problem reporting: Money Problem Reports are due by 5 p.m. on March 13. To file, you’ll need the total amount of uncollected debt, the basic contact information for the person responsible for the debt, and a description of the situation and supporting documentation. To access the form, click here.

eBudde 101 – Program Closeout Webinars
Tips, best practices and the steps to take to close out the cookie program in eBudde will be covered. Time will be reserved at the end for a Q and A session. Great overview for new TCMs, review for more experienced TCMs! To register, click on links below.

Thursday, March 5

Friday, March 6

Upcoming Events

March 8:

Cookie Program ends.

March 10

Troops will be locked out of eBudde at 11:59 p.m. TCMs can still see all information in eBudde but will not be able to change any information after the deadline.

  • Make sure all cookies are allocated, and all girl rewards are selected. Print a copy of the sales report and girl reward selections.

March 12

Last day to pick up Hometown Hero cookies from a cupboard.

March 13

Deadline to submit a Money Problem Report.

March 18

ACH debit occurs for total amount owed to council.

April 15

Cookie Credits begin being mailed directly to girls.

April 22

Cookie rewards begin to ship to service unit cookie managers.

April 30

Last day to sell excess inventory.


Smart Cookie: February 24, 2020

Still time to boost your sales

With just two weeks remaining in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, give your girls and their families a big pat on the back (and yourself too!) for an impressive cookie program! We’re hearing of girls and troops who have soared past their goals and raised the bar once again. We’re seeing girls putting their business skills to work and we couldn’t be more impressed!

If you’re looking to boost sales these last couple of weeks and meet a new goal, don’t forget Gift of Caring and Hometown Heroes are a great way to do that. Customers who have already purchased cookies oftentimes are happy to donate a package or two to help girls reach their goals.

Gift of Caring cookies are never in the troop’s inventory and are delivered directly to uniformed personnel serving abroad and locally by Girl Scouts of Colorado. Digital Cookie is a great way to increase Gift of Caring sales! Use the platform to send emails to friends and family, asking them to provide a sweet treat to military and other uniformed personnel while helping you reach your goals!

Hometown Heroes are selected by the troop/Girl Scout (and should be listed in eBudde) and delivered by the troop to the organization. Troops should not hold onto Hometown Hero cookies; you will be able to pull additional cookies to fill Hometown Hero orders or use any remaining inventory at the end of the program for these donated cookies.

Check your inventory

Before ordering more cookies from Cookie Cupboards, be sure to check with families in your troop and troops in your area to transfer or swap varieties. There are cookies available for transfer in the Cookie Exchange on eBudde. Keep in mind, that at this point in the cookie program we are constantly moving inventory around the state and it’s possible your closest cupboard will not have all varieties available and some cupboards will begin to close this week.

Bling Your Booth voting deadline

Voting in the 2020 Bling Your Booth contest ends at 9 a.m. Thursday, February 27. All of the entries have been uploaded to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Facebook page and are part of the album: Bling Your Booth Challenge 2020. Tell your friends and family to vote for your entry by simply clicking “like” or reacting to it. The top prize is $200 in Cookie Credits!

Booth Etiquette Reminders

With the start of council booths, it’s a good time to remind girls and families about booth etiquette. Girls should be polite and thank people whether they purchase or not. Be courteous to arriving Girl Scouts and have your table packed and ready to move at the end of your time slot. Clean up all trash and remove all empty cases. Remember girls make all sales, but an adult should have the money on their person at all times.

Booth Release and waiting list

Can’t make it to a booth you selected? TCMs – Be sure to release the booth on your eBudde dashboard so that other troops can work the booth. When booth selections are released, any troop on the waiting list will be notified. Caregivers/parents please contact TCM to cancel My Sales booths.

Thank you Media Stars

From television to radio to newspapers and even social media, Girl Scouts of Colorado Media Stars have been working hard to spread the word about the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program and all the amazing things Girl Scouts do with their cookie money.

From Grand Junction to Colorado Springs to Greeley and Denver, GSCO G.I.R.L. Media Stars have been busy promoting the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Interested in being a GSCO G.I.R.L. Media Star? Email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org

Upcoming Dates

March 8: Cookie Program ends.

March 10: All girl rewards submitted in eBudde.

March 12: Last day to pick up Hometown Hero cookies from a cupboard.

March 13: Deadline to submit a Money Problem Report.

March 18: ACH debit occurs for total amount owed to council.

 

Smart Cookie: February 17, 2020

Did you Bling Your Booth?

Thousands of Girl Scouts were out in front of grocery stores this weekend for the start of council booth sales! We saw many creative themes and heard some amazing sales pitches – Way to rock your booths! Did you #BlingYourBooth? Don’t forget to send a photo to AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org by February 18. All of the entries will be uploaded to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Facebook page and be part of the album: Bling Your Booth Challenge 2020. Tell your friends and family to vote for your entry by simply clicking “like” or reacting to it. The photo that receives the most likes and reactions by February 27 at 9 a.m. wins! The top prize is $200 in Cookie Credits!
View contest details.

Booth etiquette reminders

With the start of council booths, it’s a good time to remind girls and families about booth etiquette. Girls should be polite and thank people whether they purchase or not. Be courteous to arriving Girl Scouts and have your table packed and ready to move at the end of your time slot. Clean up all trash and remove all empty cases. Remember that girls make all sales, but an adult should have the money on their person at all times.

Booth Release and Waiting List

Can’t make it to a booth you selected? TCMs – Be sure to release the booth on your eBudde dashboard so that other troops can work the booth. When booth selections are released, any troop on the waiting list will be notified. Caregivers/parents please contact TCM to cancel My Sales booths.

Check your inventory

Lots of booths happened over the weekend and it might be time to restock your cookie inventory. Cookie Cupboards are open around the state if you need to restock. Please check your local cupboard hours in eBudde and try to give one week’s notice for orders to be filled. You must put orders in at least 72 hours prior to picking up from the cupboard.  If you need cookies before 72 hours, please work with families in your troop or other troops in your area who may have excess inventory. Check the Cookie Exchange tab in eBudde. You can see inventory listed that’s available, or list your own excess inventory to exchange.

Be mindful that many cupboards are managed by volunteers and will have varying hours. It is important to note that anyone who picks up cookies from a cupboard will need an eBudde password.

Cookie Exchange – You can also check the Cookie Exchange in eBudde, if you need cookies before 72 hours, and pick-up additional cookies needed from other troops in your area – and/or offer excess inventory that you have to other troops.

Check in with families – Now is a great time to take stock of all cookie inventory distributed to girls in the troop. Are more cookies needed? Are the girls with a lot of cookies scheduled to work booths? Do caregivers need help scheduling My Sales booths? Checking in now with families of girls in your troop will help to ensure that your cookie inventory is in good shape and is adequate for Council and My Sales booths coming up.

Spread the word about Girl Scouts

Every cookie booth is an opportunity to be an ambassador for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Often Girl Scout alums will stop to share their experience with girls, and sometimes families with young girls stop by to ask how they can get involved. Others are curious about what your girls plan to do with their funds. Whether you’re working toward a highest award, planning a Take Action project in your community, saving up for a big trip, or helping to pay for a summer camp experience, spread the word to all your customers. If families ask about how their girl can get in on the action you can direct them to our website, girlscoutsofcolorado.org it’s not too late — troops are forming all year long!

Need-to-know training

New TCMs – Look for just-in-time, “how-to” short videos and recorded live webinars on our GSCO Facebook page/videos and YouTube page, to help answer questions you may have on next steps during the cookie program. You can easily share links to helpful videos with other volunteers too! Read the GSCO blog and watch for special announcements and live events on the GSCO Facebook page.

Vote for your favorite Cookie Video

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 2020. If you like a video, simply click the “thumbs up” icon beneath it. The video that receives the most “thumbs up” by February 25 at 9 a.m. wins!

  • First Prize: $200 in Cookie Credits
  • Second Prize: $100 in Cookie Credits
  • Third Prize: $50 in Cookie Credits

Thank you Media Stars

From television to radio to newspapers and even social media, Girl Scouts of Colorado Media Stars have been working hard to spread the word about the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program and all the amazing things Girl Scouts do with their cookie money.
From Grand Junction to Colorado Springs to Greeley and Denver, GSCO G.I.R.L. Media Stars have been busy promoting the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Interested in being a GSCO G.I.R.L. Media Star? Email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Smart Cookie: February 10, 2020

Get ready for big booth push!

This Friday is Valentine’s Day! Girl Scouts will be selling in front of grocery stores, big box retailers, and other retail locations across the state. Valentine’s Day is usually a great day for sales, so get your girls excited to practice their entrepreneurial skills and reach their goals!

This is also our most visible time of the year, and a great chance for girls to share what they’ve done in Girl Scouts and their goals! Did they get to try something new and challenge themselves? Did they do a service project or a Take Action project to make their community better? How is your troop hoping to use their cookie proceeds? Got big goals – share them! Share this two-sided sheet with girls and families for tips on how to answer, “Why Girl Scouts?” like a pro! Troop volunteers can also take a look at this Booth Essentials sheet to prepare for scenarios that sometimes come up while selling cookies.

Make sure you head to your booths with everything you’ll need.

  • Print out and bring a copy of your booth sign-up confirmation
  • Plenty of cookies
  • Booth inventory sheet to track purchases or a device with a booth sale recorder app
  • Table and chairs
  • Tablecloth
  • $60 in change
  • Pen to detect counterfeit bills
  • Any booth posters or decorations to bling your booth

Booths are an awesome opportunity for girls to learn and practice the 5 Skills. It’s a safe environment where girls can try a new pitch, bundle cookies, and really push their Hometown Hero and Gift of Caring donation options. Guide girls in their strategies, but always remember that girls make all sales! Don’t forget to review booth etiquette with your girls, too.

Bundle up for big sales

Cookie bundles are a great way to increase sales. Make an ever-popular “chocolate lovers” bundle as a perfect Valentine’s Day gift by using some pretty ribbon to tie a package of Thin Mints, Tagalongs, and Samoas together for $12- or add a package of S’mores to make it $17. In honor of President’s Day weekend, offer customers a patriotic bundle by packaging the red Tagalongs package together with the blue Trefoils, and top them with a white bow.
Purchase a package of Lemon-Ups and let your customers have a taste of this delicious new cookie!

Make sure your customers know they can also make a Gift of Caring donation to send cookies to our military serving overseas. Challenge those who care a lot to send a whole case!

Check your inventory

Check in with your girls and families to see how they are doing on inventory. Cookie Cupboards are open around the state if you need to restock. Please check your local cupboard hours in eBudde and try to give one week’s notice for orders to be filled. You must put orders in at least 72 hours prior to picking up from the cupboard.  If you need cookies before 72 hours, please work with families in your troop or other troops in your area who may have excess inventory. Check the Cookie Exchange tab in eBudde. You can see inventory listed that’s available, or list your own excess inventory to exchange.
Be mindful that many cupboards are managed by volunteers and will have varying hours. It is important to note that anyone who picks up cookies from a cupboard will need an eBudde password.

Win big during the Cookie Program

Read more about the contests on the GSCO blog. Contests are for GSCO members only.

  • Make a cookie video to promote your sale on your Digital Cookie site and you could win $200 in Cookie Credits! Entries must be received by Thursday, February 13.
  • Bling your booth to attract more customers and you could take home $200 in Cookie Credits. Submit your entry by February 18.
  • Know an amazing cookie dad? Share his story to help get him the recognition he deserves!

Upcoming Dates

February 10 

Council booth selection opens for unlimited selection

February 13

Deadline to enter the Best Cookie Video contest

February 14

Valentine’s Day – Additional council booths begin

February 28 – March 1

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend