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Using your Cookie Credits is easier than you think

The 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program is in the books and now it is time to celebrate all of your hard work and dedication! One of the best ways to do that is with Cookie Credits. There are so many exciting ways to use Cookie Credits, including:

  • GSCO troop or service unit trip, event, or activity with a per girl fee
  • GSCO sponsored or hosted event or activity
  • EF Tours
  • Girl Scout destinations
  • Highest Awards materials and fees
  • Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop (in-person or via phone). If the item you are looking for is not currently in stock, ask a retail associate if the item can be ordered.
  • Volunteer-run day camps or events with a per girl cost
  • GSCO summer camp (Important Note: In accordance with IRS guidelines, you cannot use Cookie Credits to attend Girl Scout camps in other states/councils.)

Troops and girls can be reimbursed for these activities using the Cookie Credit Reimbursement Form. When redeeming the credits use the Credit Redemption Form for Camp.

Cookie Credits may NOT be used to pay for/renew membership, pay fees to outside vendors for individual girls, purchase items that the Girl Scout shop does not carry or cannot order, or pay for travel expenses for adults or those not related to Girl Scouts of Colorado.

For questions about what Cookie Credits can be used for, please contact: financial.followup@gscolorado.org

Can I use Cookie Credits to attend a Girl Scouts of Colorado-sponsored or hosted event/activity?

Yes, as long as there is a per girl cost.

Can I use Cookie Credits to host an event for Girl Scouts?

No. For money earning/troop budgeting questions, refer to Volunteer Essentials. You can also email financial.followup@gscolorado.org

Can troops use Cookie Credits to reimburse adults?

No. For money earning/troop budgeting questions, refer to Volunteer Essentials. You can also email financial.followup@gscolorado.org

Can Juliettes use Cookie Credits to reimburse adults?

No.

How can I find out how much I have in Cookie Credits?

You can verify the amount remaining on your cookie card by going to www.mercury-gift.com

I was previously told that I could use Cookie Credits to renew membership, so why is GSCO making this change? 

This change was made in 2016 to come into compliance with IRS regulations. Those regulations do not allow girls, volunteers, or others to pay for their membership with Cookie Credits.

Can troops pool their cookie credits together to pursue a troop activity? 

Yes, with the full consent of the girls in the troop, a troop may pool their Cookie Credits for reimbursement for a Girl Scout related cost that complies with the guidelines above.

Ways to use your Cookie Credits

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That’s a wrap! The 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program is in the books and now it is time to celebrate all of your hard work and dedication. One of the best ways to do that is with Cookie Credits. There are so many exciting ways to use Cookie Credits, including:

  • GSCO troop or Service Unit trip, event, or activity with a per girl fee
  • GSCO sponsored or hosted event or activity
  • EF Tours
  • Girl Scout destinations
  • Highest Awards materials and fees
  • Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop (in person or via phone)
  • Volunteer-run day camps or events with a per girl cost
  • GSCO summer camp

Troops and girls can be reimbursed for these activities using the Cookie Credit Reimbursement Form. When redeeming the credits use the Credit Redemption Form for Camp.

Cookie Credits may NOT be used to pay for/renew membership, pay fees to outside vendors for individual girls, purchase items not in the Girl Scout shop, or pay for travel expenses for adults or those not related to Girl Scouts of Colorado.

For questions about what Cookie Credits can be used for, please contact: financial.followup@gscolorado.org

Can I use Cookie Credits to attend a Girl Scouts of Colorado-sponsored or hosted event/activity?
Yes, as long as there is a per girl cost.

Can I use Cookie Credits to host an event for Girl Scouts?
No. For money earning/troop budgeting questions, refer to Volunteer Essentials. You can also email financial.followup@gscolorado.org

Can troops use Cookie Credits to reimburse adults?
No. For money earning/troop budgeting questions, refer to Volunteer Essentials. You can also email financial.followup@gscolorado.org

Can Juliettes use Cookie Credits to reimburse adults?
No.

How can I find out how much I have in Cookie Credits?
You can verify the amount remaining on your cookie card by going to www.mercury-gift.com

I was previously told that I could use Cookie Credits to renew membership, so why is GSCO making this change?
This change is taking effect immediately because Girl Scouts of Colorado must come into compliance with IRS regulations. Those regulations do not allow girls, volunteers, or others to pay for their membership with Cookie Credits.

Can troops pool their cookie credits together to pursue a troop activity?
Yes, with the full consent of the girls in the troop, a troop may pool their Cookie Credits for reimbursement for a Girl Scout related cost that complies with the guidelines above.

Congratulations on a successful Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program    

Another amazing Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program has come and gone. No doubt your girls are now busy planning the fun adventures they will go on and the ways they will help others. The 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program  was a huge success with just more than 16,000 girls participating and a per-girl-average of 273 packages of cookies. About 4.5 million packages of cookies were sold statewide, 357,409 of those sold online through Digital Cookie. The top seller in the state sold more than 7,000 packages of cookies!

Rewards

Rewards are currently being delivered to Service Unit Cookie Managers. Cookie Credits have been mailed directly to the girl at the current address in the membership database, unless the family has requested these credits be held at council for camp.

Keep in mind delivery times vary with different vendors, so patience is appreciated. Please follow pick-up procedures set in place by your SUCM. It is important to distribute rewards promptly to the girls as they have worked hard to earn them. We know many troops like to distribute these rewards at year-end ceremonies, but please do not delay this activity waiting on one or two items to arrive from the vendor. Please note that May 5, 2017 is the deadline to report any missing rewards or reward issues to staff.

Hometown Hero deliveries

When your troop is out delivering Hometown Hero cookies, please remember to take a few photos and share your story here on the GSCO blog and on social media (Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram).

Need help?

  • Contact your Service Unit Cookie Manager (listed on your troop page of eBudde)
  • Ask the staff Product Sales Specialist for your area (see below)
  • Try our Customer Support Team at 877-404-5708 or inquiry@gscolorado.org

GSCO Product Sales Specialists

Mary Ann Deard (Region 1, 2, 5) – maryann.deard@gscolorado.org

Rychelle Arnold (Region 3, 4) – rychelle.arnold@gscolorado.org

Laura Aguon (Region 6) – laura.aguon@gscolorado.org

Elizabeth Lipp (Region 7) – elizabeth.lipp@gscolorado.org

 Use Cookie Credits to pay for camp

Girls have worked hard selling cookies to earn troop proceeds and Cookie Credits; now put them to use by registering for summer camp! Troops can use troop proceeds to help pay for a troop camp experience.

Brownies or girls bridging to Brownies, might want to check out the 3-day sessions to ease themselves (and their parents!) into the idea of overnight camp!

There are water camps, adventure camps and more sessions available for Girl Scout Juniors. Older girls love camp life too! Check out the 12-day sessions for girls ready to really immerse themselves in the camp experience.

View the session listings for an opportunity for your girl. Girls can use Cookie Credits to help pay their way to camp and if she registers and pays by April 30, 2017, she’ll get the Early Bird discount.

 

Ways to use your Cookie Credits

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With less than a month left in the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program, it is time to start thinking about how you’ll use all the Cookie Credits you’re earning.

There are many ways to use Cookie Credits. Examples include:

  • GSCO troop or Service Unit trip, event, or activity with a per girl fee
  • GSCO sponsored or hosted event or activity
  • EF Tours
  • Girl Scout destinations
  • Highest Awards materials and fees
  • Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop (in person or via phone)
  • Volunteer-run day camps or events with a per girl cost
  • GSCO summer camp

Troops and girls can be reimbursed for these activities using the Cookie Credit Reimbursement Form. When redeeming the credits use the Credit Redemption Form for Camp.

Cookie Credits may NOT be used to pay for/renew membership, pay fees to outside vendors for individual girls, purchase items not in the Girl Scout shop, or pay for travel expenses for adults or those not related to Girl Scouts of Colorado.

For questions about what Cookie Credits can be used for, please contact: financial.followup@gscolorado.org

Can I use Cookie Credits to attend a Girl Scouts of Colorado-sponsored or hosted event/activity?
Yes, as long as there is a per girl cost.

Can I use Cookie Credits to host an event for Girl Scouts?
No. For money earning/troop budgeting questions, refer to Volunteer Essentials. You can also email financial.followup@gscolorado.org

Can troops use Cookie Credits to reimburse adults?
No. For money earning/troop budgeting questions, refer to Volunteer Essentials. You can also email financial.followup@gscolorado.org

Can Juliettes use Cookie Credits to reimburse adults?
No.

How can I find out how much I have in Cookie Credits?
You can verify the amount remaining on your cookie card by going to www.mercury-gift.com

I was previously told that I could use Cookie Credits to renew membership, so why is GSCO making this change now?
This change is taking effect immediately because Girl Scouts of Colorado must come into compliance with IRS regulations. Those regulations do not allow girls, volunteers or other members to pay for their membership with Cookie Credits.

Can troops pool their cookie credits together to pursue a troop activity?
Yes, with the full consent of the girls in the troop, a troop may pool their credits for reimbursement for a Girl Scout related cost that complies with the guidelines above.

 

GSCO Retail Shop: Important Updates

The Girl Scouts of Colorado Retail Shop will soon feature a new clothing line with our upcoming 100th anniversary logo.  Before then, you may see GSCO staff members wearing these shirts with great pride and excitement. We’ll keep you updated as to when you’ll be able to purchase them through the retail store. Coming in the next couple months, there will be more merchandise with these new logos to make sure our 100th anniversary will be celebrated with great enthusiasm during the 2016-17 membership year.

In the meantime, Super Bowl patches have been mailed to leaders and parents who submitted the application by the deadline.  The second round (waitlist) will be mailed the week of April 18.

The Hometown Heroes patches have also arrived and will be sent out next week to those leaders who submitted their application by the deadline.

Cookie Credits are also in the mail and the retail store is ready for Girl Scouts to use them.  Many new items are available along with GSUSA insignia and uniforms. Reminder: Cookie Credits are not a valid form of payment on the Girl Scout Shop website, but the retail store will take your order and Cookie Credit payment over the phone and give you free shipping!

Summer is also approaching and the retail store will be adjusting store hours. May 21, 2016 is our last Saturday open for the season.  The retail store will be closed for Memorial Day weekend. Summer hours will start on May 31, 2016.  We will be open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday- Friday and will be closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.  Summertime is a low season for the retail store with half of our normal foot traffic and phone calls.

Retail associates are always available to answer your questions and help with all your needs. Please call (303) 607-4880 or email retail@gscolorado.org

 

Cookie Cards, Cookie Credits and Camp in 2016

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The Girl Scouts of Colorado registration team has just received a list of girls who requested their Cookie Credits to be held back in eBudde for camp.

If you have a cookie card, program card, or gift card, please use this link to submit it for redemption. 

NOTE: Save all cards until you have received confirmation from us. If you lose the numbers, it’s like losing a Target Gift Card, there is no way to get it back. 

Once we process your credits, you will be sent an invoice reflecting credits paid. If you input your cookie credit/program credit/gift card here by 11:59pm on April 30, you lock in Early Bird pricing. If for any reason, we have not processed your payment and you have completed this form, your prices will not go up after the Early Bird payment deadline.

Cookie credit cards for 2016 will be mailed starting the week of April 17.

A new way to pay for camp with Cookie Credits!

Submitted by Maya Shannon

We are so excited for camp season and we hope you are too!! Did you just receive your Cookie Credit card in the mail? Wanting to apply your credits to camp? Here’s how!

Log into your CampInTouch account using Firefox or Chrome (https://girlscoutsco.campintouch.com/v2/login/login.aspx?)
Go to your Forms and Documents section
Find and open the form called “Cookie Credit Redemption Form for Camp (optional)”
Complete and submit this form

Note: This form can be used for Cookie Credits, Program Credits, and gift cards.

Once we have received this form, we will process your Cookie Credits and apply them to your camp balance. You will receive an updated invoice after they have been applied. We suggest that you hold onto your card until you have received this invoice.

Make sure that you take full advantage of our Early Bird pricing for camp by paying your complete balance by 11:59 p.m. April 30th. If you have paid your full balance except for your Cookie Credits, and we receive them via this form by our 11:59 p.m. deadline, you will not receive a price increase. Any additional credit to your account after your Cookie Credit have been applied will be refunded to you.

If you have any questions about Cookie Credits or general camp inquiries, please reach out to us at inquiry or 877-404-5708.

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

 

Using Cookie Credits/Volume Discounts for Summer Camp

Now that the Cookie Program has concluded, we know that there is a lot of excitement out there on how cookie credits and cookie volume discounts will be applied towards summer camp.

Cookie Volume Discounts: Beginning by the Week of March 24, girls who have qualified for these discounts based on the number of packages sold will see these discounts being applied to their accounts. Once applied, an email will be sent to the camper’s family. As a reminder the discounts are:

  • 500 to 999 packages=5% discount
  • 1,000 to 1,499 packages=10% discount
  • 1,500 to 1,999 packages=15% discount
  • 2000+ packages=20% discount

NOTE: These are the ONLY discounts that can be combined with another discount.

Cookie Credits

If you told us on your camp app you are using cookie credits: Also beginning by the Week of March 24, these credits will begin to be applied to accounts. Once the funds are applied, the camper’s family will receive an email notification.

If your cookie credits go onto your cookie card: If a girl did not mention she is paying in cookie credits on her application, then it is up to her family to use the cookie credit card they receive in mid-April to make their balance payment.

NEW AS OF 4/23/14: To use your cookie card, please call customer support at 877-404-5708, M-F, 8:30am-5:30pm to make your payment over the phone.

 

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Early Bird Prices end April 30 at 11:59 p.m., and it is the responsibility of the family to make their payment prior to that date in order to take advantage of Early Bird Pricing.

2014 Summer Program Guide available — start your summer dreams now!

Read the 2014 Summer Program Guide to learn about:

  • Resident Camps (Tomahawk Ranch and Magic Sky Ranch)
  • Volunteer-Run Day Camps!
  • Troop Camp
  • Family Camp
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Travel Programs
  • Other Girl Scouts Events

Camp registration opens at 9 a.m. Jan. 22. Check out some amazing program offerings this summer offered to you by Girl Scouts of Colorado:  http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/summer-program-guide

Why does camp registration open so early? In an effort to maximize registration at resident camps this year, we have extended our registration season. Opening up registration early also allows Girl Scouts of Colorado to be more competitive among other resident camps in our beautiful state.

But what about cookies?
–>To hold a spot, everyone pays a 10% deposit online with a credit or debit card.
–>Early Bird Pricing (lower pricing on Resident Camps) runs through April 30.
–>Cookie Cards will be sent mid-April and Cookie sellers can apply their Cookie Credits to camp fees before regular pricing starts on May 1.

New camp registration system: We are using a new, streamlined online camp registration system this year. This system will be your one-stop shop to enroll your camper, complete forms, submit medical information, make your payments, and apply for opportunity grants.

Camp registration process:

BEFORE Jan. 22: Make sure the Girl Scouts of Colorado membership is current for your Girl Scouts(s). Sign up here. Review the 2014 Summer Catalog to decide which camps are best for your Girl Scout(s).
Jan. 22: Registration opens! Be ready to register online and pay your deposit with a credit or debit card. (Balances may be paid with checks, credit or debit card payments are required for deposits.)
May 1: Early Bird pricing ends. Pay your balance before April 30 at 11:59 p.m. for best pricing.
Camp Balances & Forms Due: 30-days prior to the start of your first camp session.

Camp Grant Process

1. Register online with your 10% deposit.
2. Apply with the optional grant form through our online camp registration system.
3. You will receive notice within a month regarding grant allocations.

Give the Gift of Camp! Gift cards are available that can be used toward camp fees at the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop.

NEW at Magic Sky Ranch this summer:

  • Small animal farm
  • Overnights for campers where they get to sleep outside
  • More  hiking and nature exploration
  • Horseback riding at local stables included  in camp pricing for designated camps
  • Backpacking for older Girl Scouts
  • Program Aide options for PAs entering 9th grade

NEW at Tomahawk Ranch this summer:

Exciting changes are in store at Tomahawk Ranch this year—the introduction of homesteading programs! These new programs will increase girls’ sense of place and connection to their natural world. T hey will learn what farm-to-table really means as they play with worms, transplant seedlings and more!

  • Learn gardening skills
  • Cook freshly harvested vegetetables and herbs
  • Help raise and feed animals on the farm
  • Try canning food
  • Create farm crafts

Camp Jobs: Interested in a summer camp job or know a hard working girl who is amazing with children? Apply to be a camp counselor here (must be 18 for most positions).

Girl Scouts of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer. Participation in Program Aide and Counselor In Training Programs are not a guarantee of employment.

New Opportunities in Outdoor Programs

As Outdoor Programs Director, I am a camp person. I absolutely love camps and believe in their value in the role of the development of our girls, our staff, and our volunteers. I have had the best experiences of my life, and have made the best friends I have ever had at camps. At camp, there is a special magic that exists in no other place in the world. There is a special feeling of “we can do anything” because with the creative energy of your cabin and help from a counselor-and what you didn’t know you had within yourself-you can! It is because of this that I have devoted my entire professional career to working with camps and supporting the growth and development of girls and children in a camp and outdoor environment.

It is heart-breaking to me to have to make decisions that decrease any camp programs. Because I work directly with resident and day camps, I get to see first-hand how amazing the programs and staff are, how much they change lives of the campers and staff, and how precious that special place in nature can be to any individual.

During this difficult time, I fall back on what I learned at camp. I choose my attitude and find ways to take positive action in this situation. I try to find the silver lining, and I believe there is one! Despite the drastic changes we have had to make to keep Girl Scouts of Colorado thriving into the future, I see this as an opportunity. It is an opportunity to really get back to basics, to value what is truly valuable, and to develop stronger outdoor programs for Girl Scouts that are inclusive and accessible to even more girls and volunteers. Currently, only 10 percent of our membership participate in organized Girl Scout summer camp. With increased community-based opportunities, this can grow!

Here are opportunities available to help impact the future of Outdoor Programs for Girl Scouts of Colorado in a positive way:

Join the Outdoor Programs Advisory Committee: This committee will discuss general ideas and direction of Outdoor Programs with Girl Scouts of Colorado. Requirements:  must be Cadette level or older and a current registered Girl Scout. Adults must have registered as a GSCO volunteer. This committee will be volunteer appointments. If you are interested in being nominated for an appointment, please contact any Girl Scouts of Colorado staff member and they will forward your interest to the Outdoor Programs Director.

Become a PA Trainer: We want to increase the accessibility of PA trainings on a service unit level! This will increase opportunities for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience with older girls around the state. Requirements: must be an adult volunteer; must have 6 days/year to devote to PA training and trainer enrichment.

Email OutdoorPrograms@gscolorado.org if you are interested in this opportunity, put PA Trainer in your subject line.

Create a Volunteer Day Camp! Council will offer trainings at Springaganzas for volunteers seeking this exciting opportunity. We have many successful volunteer-run Day Camps in place already that can share their knowledge with us!

GSCO will provide optional support for volunteers who are offering day camps for Girl Scouts in their communities including:

  • posting their camp in the GSCO Summer Program Guide
  • posting their camp on the website Activity Finder
  • providing online registration
  • providing use of council equipment and gear
  • assisting with purchasing supplies for camp
  • options to use Cookie Credits to help girls pay for camp

We will host an interest meeting (online and conference call available) on August 14 at 6pm at the Denver Service Center for those who want to use any or all of these options.

Email OutdoorPrograms@gscolorado.org if you are interested in this opportunity, put Day Camp in your subject line.

Create a Volunteer Overnight Camp! Council is developing more Outdoor Program volunteer trainings that can be taken by adult volunteers, and in some cases, Seniors and Cadettes. Overnight Troop or Service Unit Camps can be offered locally.

GSCO will provide optional support for volunteers who are offering day camps for Girl Scouts in their communities including:

  • posting their camp in the GSCO Summer Program Guide
  • posting their camp on the website Activity Finder
  • providing online registration
  • providing use of council equipment and gear
  • assisting with purchasing supplies for camp
  • options to use Cookie Credits to help girls pay for camp

We will host an interest meeting (online and conference call available) on August 14 at 6pm at the Denver Service Center for those who want to use any or all of these options.

Email OutdoorPrograms@gscolorado.org if you are interested in this opportunity, put Overnight Camp in your subject line.

Become a PA/CIT/VIT (used to be LIT): We are examining the PA process, streamlining it, and creating more leadership options for girls year-round. We are seeking PA Committee volunteers Senior level and above to give ideas on how the PA program can support girls as they transition into leadership position.

Email OutdoorPrograms@gscolorado.org if you are interested in this opportunity, put PA Committee in your subject line.

Don’t have time for any of these volunteer positions? Help us recruit volunteers. Have a connection with a local university or another group of outdoor
enthusiasts who you think might make the perfect volunteer for one or more of
these positions? Let us know about them. We are sure there are a lot
Coloradoans who would love to guide our girls in outdoor adventures, and would
appreciate your help in making a connection to them as we seek out these
individuals to help with our programming.

Volunteer categories in the future of Outdoor Programs…this list is always growing!

Day Camp: see above

Boating: Learn about how to get trained to be a boating volunteer with canoeing, kayaking, sailing and more! Email Judy at Judy.Moisey-Asay@va.gov for more information.

Trip Leader: volunteer trip leader or guide to groups planning trips; this could be for your troop or other troops!

Outdoor Advisory Committee: see above

PA Trainer: see above

Horse Advocate: help build connections with local stables and other horse related programs and GSCO

High Adventure: help facilitate rock climbing, high ropes course, or zip line programs (additional training is required)

Marketing/Social Media: help promote events on the GSCO blog and on social media

Overnight Camp-Troop/SU Volunteer Run: see above

Resident Camp: contact the camp director of your desired camp in November/December to start the interview/screening process. Email Monica.Gray@gscolorado.org for Tomahawk Ranch, and Becky.Saad@gscolorado.org for Magic Sky Ranch. Opportunities for Resident Camp volunteers are limited due to childcare licensing restrictions.

Events/Outreach: help at outreach events; help recruit new girls with outdoor activities, help teach about the outdoors to other Girl Scouts and our community.

Outdoor Volunteer Trainer: help train with Cooking and Camping and other Outdoor Volunteer Trainings

To me, the decision to change outdoor programming, is not one that dilutes the value of Girl Scouting in Colorado’s outdoors. We have the same commitment to providing the outdoor leadership experience to girls, yet we need to get creative in how, where and who offers it. We are fortunate in this state to have plentiful outdoor opportunities through National Parks and Monuments, State Parks, Wilderness Areas, and more! Just because we are exploring a place outdoors that does not belong to Girl Scouts of Colorado, does not mean that experience will be any less special.

Girl Scouts are resourceful. We will find many and more ways to get girls into the outdoors, creating relationships with others and the world that will last a lifetime. This challenge is a temporary obstacle, and with the help of our girls and adult volunteers, we will come out of this stronger than before.