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Cookie University is coming

Girl Scouts of Colorado is excited to announce additional training for troop cookie managers for the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program. 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.

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 enrichment sessions, including Inventory Management, Digital Cookie, eBudde, and Sale Etiquette.

You can register for Cookie University by going to the Events page (http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events/training-events.html) on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website. If you can’t attend the training session in your area, feel free to attend one in another area.

2018 Cookie University Flyer

Qualify for an early Cookie Booth selection opportunity

Troop leaders, will your troop qualify for an early Cookie Booth selection opportunity?

The S’mores Club booth selection reward is back for the 2017-18 Girl Scout year and you don’t want to miss it!

To qualify for the S’mores Club, your troop must sell at least $350 in online sales during the 2017 Fall Product Program. The in-person delivery portion of the program ends Oct. 15 and the online portion of the Fall Sale Program ends on Oct. 30.

If your  troop sells $350 or more online during the 2017 Fall Product Program, you will be notified in December via the email provided through the Troop Fall Sale Manager agreement and permitted to select one Cookie Booth in eBudde ahead of the council booth selection process.

If you have questions regarding the requirements or details for the booth selection opportunity, please reach out to your SUFSM or PSS. For full details on the S’mores Club Reward, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/smores

2017 Top Seller booklets: Now available online

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Electronic versions of our booklets celebrating Top Sellers from the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program are now online.

2017 Top 100 booklet:  http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/2017_Top100_booklet.pdf

2017 Top Seller booklet:  http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/2017_TopSeller_booklet.pdf

To see photos from all of our Top Seller events, go to our Flickr page (https://www.flickr.com/photos/gscolorado/albums). Have a photo that you would like to add? Email GSCO Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Leaders get a face full of pies

Submitted by Shannon Michel

Metro Denver

Centennial

Troop Leaders Jenn Shroyer and Shannon Michel had a pie in the face challenge for their Girl Scout Cadettes. If each Girl Scout beat their individual cookie goal and the troop beat their troop goal, each girl could hit the leader with a pie. The troop’s goal was 4,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies. The troop sold 5,148 with over 500 packages in donations and we got a face full of pies!

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

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.

DOC closes at 10:59 p.m. MDT on March 12, 2017

Submitted by the GSCO Product Sales Team

The DOC will close for sales at 10:59 p.m. MDT on Sunday, March 12, 2017 (as the system runs on Central Time). Please keep this in mind for anyone who wants to place a last minute order or who is trying earn a specific Digital Cookie Reward by making a last minute purchase.

Also, please keep in mind (particularly in regards to booth sales) that Sunday, March 12 is Daylight Saving Time and we will “spring ahead” an hour. Thanks!

Smart Cookie: Feb. 27, 2017

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With a little less than two weeks remaining in the Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program, now is the time for girls to do a final push to reach their goals! It’s not too late to meet or beat a goal or even push for a stretch goal. The Digital Order Card has been a huge success this year. Send out a reminder email to your contacts letting them know about your Hometown Hero and ask them to buy one more box!

Inventory Management

Thank you for keeping a close eye on your troop’s inventory. It’s always better to have a clear picture of how each girl’s sales are going rather than a big surprise at the end of the sale. If you need additional cookies for the troop, always check with your troop families first to see if anyone has extras they’d like to transfer, then check with troops in your area and do a troop-to-troop transfer before ordering more inventory from the Cupboards. Troops with excess inventory they would like to transfer should let their Service Unit Cookie Manager know and post on the GSCO Classifieds . Remember, no Girl Scout Cookies can be returned to the Cupboard, but cookies can be transferred between girls and troops.

Cookie Credits

As girls get closer to reaching their goals, they’re looking over the incentives and making decisions about prizes vs. Cookie Credits. Cookie Credits can be used for Girl Scout Camp, Highest Awards materials or fees, or even to buy fun stuff in the Girl Scout Shop. Learn more about how Cookie Credits can be used.

Earn the Hometown Heroes/ Gift of Caring patch

Help us salute our Hometown Heroes during the 2017 Cookie Sale Program by selling 50 (or more) packages of Hometown Hero /Gift of Caring cookies by Sunday, March 12. Any Girl Scout who does will receive a free, special-order fun patch after completing this online form. Be sure to include your goals, Hometown Hero, and troop number, along with a fun pic of you and your troop! The deadline to complete the form is Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

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 news about the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Sale Program and all the amazing things girls can do because of the cookie sale. Visit the blog to check out a few media interviews featuring our girls.

If you know a girl interested in being a Media Star, email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper.

Apply to join the MCC

GSCO is the only Girl Scout council to have a Membership Connection Committee (MCC) as its governance system. The MCC is the centerpiece of our democratic process and a way to give GSCO members a strong voice in the issues they care most about. However, for this committee to continue its good work, it needs members from across to Colorado. If you’re interested in expanding your volunteer-role with GSCO beyond your troop, apply for a seat on the MCC.

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Reminders

  • Make frequent deposits into your troop bank account. Don’t keep Girl Scout Cookie money in your car or anywhere else it is at risk of being lost or stolen.
  • Beaver Creek Resort has asked that we remind all Girl Scouts that it does not allow roaming vendors of any kind on its common properties unless they are licensed by Beaver Creek Resort Company. Troops and girls are welcome to make arrangements with certain businesses, restaurants, or hotels to sell within their buildings, but selling outside is prohibited, including selling on patios attached to restaurants. These ski areas have council booth sites set up and troops scheduled to sell, and they have asked that troops not call wanting to set up MySales Sites at these locations: Durango Mountain Resort, Durango; Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge; Loveland Ski Basin,Georgetown; Loveland Ski Valley, Georgetown, Keystone Neighborhood Company, Keystone; Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Dillon.

Smart Cookie: Jan. 30, 2017

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First day of sales off to a sweet start

Cookie deliveries around the state last week went smoothly. Girl Scouts hit the streets for door-to-door sales and My Sales booths on Sunday and are reporting sweet success for the first day!

Cookie Cupboards open on Thursday

Cookie Cupboards open up on Feb. 2 for troops needing to restock their inventory. Please be mindful that many cupboards are managed by volunteers. Be sure to check the dates and hours of operations in eBudde.

S’mores limit of 2 cases per Cupboard transaction

Customers are really excited about the new Girl Scout S’mores Cookie, but please remember that this is a limited edition speciality cookie. To ensure everyone gets a chance to sell these great cookies, we’re limiting troops to no more than two cases of S’mores per trip to the Cookie Cupboard.

Council booth sales open Feb. 10

Council booth selections have been made and additional sites are still available in eBudde. Council booth sales are Feb. 10 – March 12. If your girls have planned My Sales booth sites make sure they’ve been approved by the Service Unit Cookie Manager at least 48 hours prior to the sale. My Sales booths, door-to-door, and digital sales run through March 12.

Don’t forget Digital Cookie

Digital Cookie is an easy way to add to your sales. Girls can add a video or photo and share their Digital Order Card link with friends and family, even those living out of state.

Reminders

  • Girl Scouts can sell their cookies in any part of the state and customers are welcome to buy from any girl they choose. Please remember the Girl Scout Law and “be a sister to every Girl Scout” you encounter while selling!
  • Girl Scouts are welcome to market that they are selling cookies on social media sites. They are allowed to post their Digital Cookie link on social media sites where only friends and family – not the general public – can see it. Girls should not post about their participation in Digital Cookie on websites such as Twitter, eBay, Craigslist, or any other website where the posts can be viewed by the public. The personal emails or street addresses of girls should never be used. Instead use an adult’s account, or a group account that is managed by an adult.
  • All individual Girl Scouts (girls not in a troop) must deposit any cookie money to GSCO’s Juliette CoBiz account. The Product Sales Team can provide Juliette parents/guardians with deposit forms.

100th Anniversary Specialty Patch

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies and 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado with this cool patch! Colorado Girl Scouts can earn it by selling 50 packages of Girl Scout Cookies door-to-door by the end of the first full weekend of the sale (Feb. 6, 2017). Any Girl Scout who does will receive a free, special-order fun patch after completing this online form. Be sure to include your goals, Hometown Hero, and troop number, along with a fun pic of you and your troop! The deadline to complete the form is Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.

Credit card fees

Welcome to the 2017 Cookie Program.  Thank you for volunteering and helping to make this year a great success for our girls.  It couldn’t be done without you!!

Girl Scouts of Colorado has received a few questions regarding accepting credit cards. Girl Scouts can use an outside vendor such as “Square” instead of the Digital Cookie App.  A few things to keep in mind:

  • If you decide to us the Digital Cookie App, GSCO will pay all fees. 
  • If you decide to use an outside vendor, your troop is responsible for all fees.  GSCO has been asked if the troop can pass this fee onto the customer, or increase the price to cover these fees and the answer is no.  The fees come out of the troop’s proceeds.  Under Colorado law, it is illegal for any merchant to impose a surcharge on a purchaser or lessee who elects to use a credit or charge card in lieu of payment by cash, check, or similar means.

Please be sure to have the conversation about credit cards and how they will be accepted during your parent meetings this month to avoid confusion and conflict at the end of the program.  If you have any questions about credit cards, please reach out to your Product Sales Specialist.