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New resources from Little Brownie Bakers

Little Brownie Bakers has a variety of new and exciting resources to help you successfully manage and navigate the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program. This includes more than a dozen eBudde training videos, which you can find of LBB’s YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/LittleBrownieBakers/videos Topics range from troop initial orders to troop booth signups to troop sales report.

The eBudde Troop App is also now LIVE and available for download in the App Store and for Google Play. This app brings the power of eBudde desktop technology to phone and tablet devices. With this free mobile app, you can:

  • Track and submit girl cookie orders for both traditional and digital sales
  • Easily track amounts due and paid
  • Order girl rewards and never miss a deadline
  • Monitor troop sales data and generate troop sales reports
  • See when and where cookies will be delivered
  • Stay in the know with access to calendar dates and messages
  • Many other capabilities are built right into eBudde!

The eBudde Troop App is exactly what volunteers need to manage the cookie season—wherever they are, on the go. As your baker partner, LBB has exactly what you need to get the word out. LBB’s eBudde Instructional Video gives volunteers a quick overview of the app and its capabilities. For a complete list of capabilities, volunteers can download our eBudde App Flyer.

 

Cookie University is now in session

Cookie University is now in session! Thanks to everyone who attended our first round of trainings in Summit County and Steamboat Springs on November 14 and 15, 2015.

This year, Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting additional trainings for Troop Cookie Managers for the 2016 Girl Scout Cookies Sale. These training sessions are being held throughout the state. Upcoming sessions include:

November 21, 2015               Southwest Colorado- Durango

 

November 22, 2015               Southwest Colorado- Cortez

 

December 5, 2015                 Denver Metro Area & Pueblo

 

December 6, 2015                 Denver Metro Area                    & Northern/Northeastern

 

December 12, 2015             Colorado Springs & Western Slope

 

Cookie University is an excellent opportunity for you to spend time with other Troop Cookie Managers, get your required basic cookie training and most importantly, ensure your troop’s Starting Inventory Order is well thought-out and meets the needs of your girl and troop. You can also participate in some exciting new enrichment sessions to help with Inventory Management, Digital Cookie, eBudde and Sale Etiquette. Participants will also receive NEW collector lapel pins for each session they participate in.

You can register for Cookie University by using this link:

https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/cookieuniversity

 

If you can’t attend the training session in your area, feel free to attend one in another area.

Cookie University is coming

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Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to announce additional training for Troop Cookie Managers for the 2016 Girl Scout Cookies Sale. If you’re planning to serve as a TCM this year, THANK YOU! We understand the time, commitment, and heart this volunteer role requires and we truly appreciate it.

We will host a variety of Cookie University training sessions throughout the state. They will be:

November 14, 2015               Mountain Communities- Summit County

November 15, 2015               Mountain Communities- Steamboat                                                                        Springs

November 21, 2015               Southwest Colorado- Durango

November 22, 2015               Southwest Colorado- Cortez

December 5, 2015                 Denver Metro Area & Pueblo

December 6, 2015                 Denver Metro Area                           & Northern/Northeastern

December 12, 2015             Colorado Springs & Western Slope

Cookie University is an excellent opportunity for you to spend time with other Troop Cookie Managers, get your required basic cookie training and most importantly, ensure your troop’s Starting Inventory Order is well thought-out and meets the needs of your girl and troop. You can also participate in some exciting new enrichment sessions to help with Inventory Management, Digital Cookie, eBudde and Sale Etiquette. Participants will also receive NEW collector lapel pins for each session they participate in.

You can register for Cookie University by using this link: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/cookieuniversity

If you can’t attend the training session in your area, feel free to attend one in another area.

 

 

Get Answers to Your Cookie Program FAQ’s!

Girl Scouts of Colorado has posted our new and improved Cookie Program FAQ’s for the 2014 season! Get a jump start on cookies and start reviewing these updates before the Cookie Program begings – it will be here before you know it!

2014 Cookie Activity

Info: cookies@gscolorado.org
877-404-5708

What Cookies?

• We will be selling the six most popular varieties of Girl Scout Cookies: Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-si-dos, and Savannah Smiles.

How does the Cookie Program work?

• Girls will sell cookies to these customers with cookies in hand. Instant gratification from the get go!
• Volunteers will place their starting inventory cookie order by December 6, 2013, based on 80 percent of last year’s final sales.
• Starting inventory orders (SIO) delivery for the Cookie Program will be picked up January 20 to 25.
• Council sales will take place between February 7 and March 2. My Sale boothing will begin January 26.

New this year, “My Sale boothing”!

• Girl Scouts of Colorado is now giving girls the opportunity to get a head start on their booth selling! My Sale boothing begins at the start of the cookie sale, January 26 and will allow girls to set up their own personal booths throughout the end of the sale, March 2. Through My Sale boothing, girls will only be able to set up booths at non council contracted locations. The regular booth sale period is February 7 – March 2; girls will be able to set up booths at council contracted locations during this time frame (Walmart, King Soopers, Same’s Club, Albertson’s, City Market, etc.)… All booth sales must be entered in eBudde and approved by your service unit cookie booth manager, service unit cookie manager or area cookie manager.

Want more Cookie Program updates?

• Check out the Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Product Sales Facebook page where you can get the latest and greatest information regarding the Cookie Program!
o www.facebook.com/gscoproductsales

Frequently Asked Questions

What tools will I need on my computer to access eBudde?

For the 2013-2014 season, users will need to have Internet Explorer 8 and above to access eBudde. Internet Explorer tends to rollout updates to their browsers in October of each year, so users should update yearly to ensure that they can utilize eBudde.

When do troops need to place their starting inventory order?

Troops need to enter their starting inventory order in eBudde by December 6, 2013 so the cookies can be baked on time and you do not have to think about cookie planning over the holidays!

How does a troop know how much to order?

Your starting inventory order is recommended to be 80% of your final sales from last year. All troops’ recommended 80% orders are posted at girlscoutsofcolorado.org, including recommendations for new troops. If you have additional questions about your order, your service unit cookie manager and council product sales staff are available to help you figure out what makes the most sense for your order.

Why do you want me to order 80% upfront?

This is historically the amount that troops order for their initial order. This baseline provides troops with adequate inventories to prevent multiple trips to the cupboard and helps our cupboard keep their inventories manageable.

What if I have fewer girls selling this year?

Your starting inventory order can be adjusted by working with your service unit cookie manager.

What happens if the troop can’t sell all the cookies it orders initially?

Anything left over from your starting inventory order can be used for booth sales or returned to your local cupboard until February 12, 2014. After that date, you will be financially responsible for those cookies. Council is happy to trade full unopened cases of cookies for a different variety throughout the sale to help you clear out your inventory – this doesn’t include non-chocolates after February 12, 2014. We encourage you to utilize the Girl Scouts of Colorado classifieds online at to exchange or transfer cookies by packages between troops.

Will there still be an order form?

Yes, order cards will be distributed with the starting inventory order. Girls may still take orders and come back later to deliver if they so choose. For all girls, the order card become a cookie business record used to track customer sales. This card can be kept from year to year to make sure the girl builds her customer base.

How does the Cookie Program affect individual selling girls?

Girls who are not part of a troop will be able to get cookies from their local cupboard with the same return deadline of February 12, 2014.

Will the delivery process change?

No, the delivery process will be the same as last year.

Can we accept credit cards?

Troop leaders are responsible for arranging acceptance of payment with mobile credit card devices by their troop, and for any and all fees incurred to set up or process transactions. GSCO no longer trains or approves their use of credit cards. Individual Girl Scouts may not accept credit card payments for product sales.
http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/volunteers/cookies/credit-cards

How do I prevent having leftover inventory at the end of the sale that my troop has to pay for?

To prevent paying for excess inventory, you need to stay in constant communication with the parents in your troop about what they have on hand. Here are the best practices for inventory management:
• Require parents turn in all excess inventory by Sunday, February 9 to make sure your troop can meet the return deadline of Wednesday, February 12.
• Manage your cookie sale like a business, keeping a close watch on inventory, payments received and outstanding balances.
• Have parents turn in money and excess inventory once per week throughout the sale.
• Return consignment cookies to the cupboard within the consignment period established by your cupboard.
• List any excess inventory on the GSCO Classifieds Cookie Exchange at .
• Participate in the Hometown Hero/Gift of Caring program and make sure not to pick up these cookies from your cupboard until the sale ends.
• Schedule an extra booth sale or walk about the last weekend of the sale to get rid of remaining inventory.

Where is my closest cookie cupboard?

Information on cookie cupboard locations will be coming out soon from your SUCM.

If you have any questions, please contact your appropriate Product Sales Specialist with questions:

debi Metheny (Metro Denver, Northern & Northeastern Colorado): debi.metheny@gscolorado.org; (303) 607-4886

Kathy Singer (Western Slope, Southwestern Colorado & Mountain Communities): kathy.singer@gscolorado.org; (970) 628-8018

Shannon Allison (Metro Denver, Pikes Peak, San Luis Valley & Southeastern Colorado): shannon.allison@gscolorado.org; (303) 607-4839

What is the secret to the world’s largest girl-run business?

The secret to the Girl Scout Cookie Program is what’s in the box, and I don’t mean the cookies!

To some the secret might be just a wagon full of cookies and a smile!  As Evelyn, Brownie Girl Scout from Lakewood and Auburn, Daisy Girl Scout from Littleton demonstrated on Sunday, January 27th as cookies kicked off!

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What is really in a box of cookies?  Selling cookies teaches 5 skills; goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics-aspects that are essential to leadership and to life.

So . . .just how does the cookie crumble here in Colorado?  What happens to that $3.50 a customer pays for a package of cookies?   $1.84 is used for local (Colorado) Girl Scout programming     $0.92 pays the bakery for the product     $0.72 goes to the troop as proceeds (starting at $0.60/pkg) and recognitions, and  $0.02 is other sale costs

What was my secret to selling cookies?  Being an older Girl Scout (5th-12th grade) was tough!  We used to buddy up and hit as many apartment buildings (especially ones with stairs) as we could during door to door presales (no Cookies Now! then) because we knew they were less likely to already have been asked.

The theme of the cookie program this year is What can a girl do?  So share with us, just what can a girl do?   What was or is your secret to a successful cookie program?