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Virtual Cookie Cheer with Denver Broncos Cheerleading

 

Girl Scouts and their families are invited to a special session to get moving and get excited for cookies with Denver Broncos Cheerleaders on January 23, 2021!

Register now: https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/virtual_cookie_cheer_with_denver_broncos_cheerleading_01232021
Registration closes Thursday, January 21, 2021.

The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders promote self-esteem, pride, commitment, and discipline among young women in our community. This collaboration with Girl Scouts of Colorado  offers a rare and truly special opportunity for young women to learn from the experts in dance, movement, and fitness! Current Denver Broncos Cheerleaders will lead Girl Scouts through activities focused on movement, stretching, dance. They will also teach girls a short cheer to get excited about cookie season!

Girl Scouts will also have a chance to ask questions live via the chat box.

Sessions:

  • Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors (K – 5th grade) on January 23 from 9 – 9:30 a.m. MST
  • Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (6th -12th grade) on January 23 from 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. MST

Girl Scouts are encouraged to invite their family and friends to participate with them!

You can also purchase a special “2021 Virtual Cookie Cheer” patch for $3 during registration.

All attendees must have a current Girl Scout membership.

We recommend getting ready for this special virtual program by creating your own pom-poms at home! Here are some simple instructions: https://www.instructables.com/DIY-Cheerleading-Pom-Poms/. You will use your pom-poms during the program so keep them handy!

We will use Zoom to host this webinar. All information on how to join online or via phone will be emailed out to registrants the day before the webinar. Each individual participant should be registered so we can track participation. Please do not share the information on how to join with others who have not registered.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org. If you are having trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She was at the can send in her story here.

Grubhub Partnership for the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program

A new national partnership between Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and Grubhub has been established for the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program! GSUSA and Grubhub have created a girl-led, hands-on experience in managing e-commerce for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. Girls will track and fulfill orders placed at www.grubhub.com/food/girl_scouts, manage inventory, and more, all using back-end technology on a Grubhub tablet provided.

Older Girl Scouts will have Grubhub booths at regional Girl Scout office locations, to take contact-free pickup and delivery orders through Grubhub, starting February 12. Grubhub booth locations will operate Thursdays and Fridays from 4 – 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon – 8 p.m. Hours and dates are subject to change.

Grubhub booths will be located at council offices across Colorado in Grand Junction, Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Denver, and Loveland. All booths will be set up outside of the office buildings.

Per GSUSA and Grubhub policy, Grubhub booths are only permitted on council property, within Grubhub delivery service areas. Grubhub aims to service diners within a 20-minute drive from each location.

Older girl troops interested in participating in a Grubhub booth must fill out the interest form. Troops will be selected, lottery style, from the interest form.

Interest form: https://girlscoutsofcolorado.formstack.com/forms/grubhub_interestform

Troops that are selected to participate in Grubhub booths will work with their regional product program specialist to secure dates and times. Training will be provided to Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and volunteers.

For more information about Grubhub booths, please review the FAQ’s: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/GRUBHUB%20FAQs_final.pdf

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She was at the can send in her story here.

Girl Scout Cookies available in Colorado on January 31

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is NOT cancelled! Starting January 31, Colorado Girl Scouts will be selling your favorite cookies in safe and innovative ways. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, girls are adapting their sales methods to include:

  • Hosting virtual and drive-thru cookie booths. You can text COOKIES to 59618 (message and data rates may apply) or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app for free on iOS or Android devices to find booths in your area.
  • Making porch drop-offs to friends and family.
  • Creating their own websites using the Digital Cookie platform to take online orders. If you know a registered Girl Scout, reach out to her to get the link to her website. If you don’t know a Girl Scout, visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org/cookies on February 1 to purchase cookies from a local troop for direct shipment to your home or donate to local non-profits or the military.
  • Starting February 12, a new national collaboration with Grubhub will allow girls in select Colorado locations to take contact-free pickup and delivery orders. A hands-on experience in managing e-commerce, Girl Scouts will track and fulfill orders placed at grubhub.com/food/girl_scouts, manage inventory, and more, all using Grubhub’s back-end technology. As always, proceeds stay in Colorado. Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) are grateful to Grubhub for waiving all fees for the organization to make this new delivery option feasible for sales without reducing proceeds.

Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Dos-si-Dos, and Lemon-Ups are $4/package. S’mores and gluten-free Toffee-tastic are $5/package. The 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program ends Sunday, March 7.

Now more than ever, Girl Scouts are relying on your support and the support of the community to meet their goals and make our world a better place. Last year, Troop 65430 from Highlands Ranch – Lone Tree used money earned from the Girl Scout Cookie Program to make masks, sneeze guards, and lanyards for teachers and staff at their school. This personal protective equipment helped keep everyone safe by slowing the spread of COVID-19.

“We’ve all been through a lot this past year and are longing for something that feels like normal,” said Leanna Clark, CEO of Girl Scouts of Colorado. “What’s more reliable and comforting than Girl Scout Cookies? We are excited to be able to sell in new and innovative ways this year and hope the community will support our girls as they learn about entrepreneurship and run their own cookie businesses.”

Each purchase of Girl Scout Cookies supports girls in developing five lifelong skills: goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. When you purchase cookies, you are helping girls power their Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and you’re supporting female entrepreneurs. The important leadership, business, and financial literacy skills girls learn through the program position them for success in the future.

Making the world a better place is central to the Girl Scout mission. During the Girl Scout Cookie Program, Girl Scouts honor non-profit organizations, food banks, military, and uniformed personnel through Girl Scouts’ Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring program. Through this program, customers have the opportunity to purchase a package of cookies to donate to Girl Scouts’ heroes – a perfect solution for those who pass on the tempting treats! Girls learn about the invaluable work of their recipients by taking tours, learning about careers in public service and helping with service projects. All Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring purchases may be eligible for a tax deduction. The 2021 goal for the Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring program in Colorado is 200,000 packages.

All Girl Scout Cookie varieties contain zero grams of trans fat per serving. Thin Mints are vegan. Do-si-Dos and Trefoils have no hydrogenated oils. Further information about Girl Scout Cookie ingredients can be found at littlebrownie.com. High resolution images of Girl Scout Cookies and Colorado Girl Scouts selling cookies are available upon request.

Giant Plush Sloth Contest: The winner is…

THANK YOU to all the Girl Scouts who entered the drawing for the giant plush sloth as part of the 2020 Fall Product Program!

CONGRATULATIONS to Dylan L.! She won the sloth! Girl Scouts of Colorado selected a winner by having a random drawing.

As part of the qualifications for the giant sloth drawing, the GSCO Product Program team asked Girl Scouts who entered the drawing to do some online research and tell us something interesting that they found out about how people and organizations who are working to save the sloth.

Having the pygmy sloth as the 2020 Fall Product Program mascot helped to bring awareness to conservation efforts, and to inspire Girl Scouts to make a difference in the world by helping animals who are endangered species.

There are fewer than 100 pygmy three-toed sloths left in the world. They are on the critically endangered list because of destruction to their habitat, which is mangrove forests, on Escudo de Veraguas, a tiny island off the east coast of mainland Panama.

All of the Girl Scouts who completed an entry form did a great job sharing the information that they learned about the three-toed pygmy sloth and the people and organizations that are working to help save the species.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She was at the can send in her story here.

Troop Cookie Manager Training Update

Troop cookie manager (TCM) live webinar trainings for the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program were offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in December 2020. Hundreds of volunteers attended the webinars, but not all volunteers were able to attend one of the events.

If you’re a TCM who needs to take cookie training, there are several options to choose from!

TCM training is in our online learning platform, gsLearn, which can be accessed through the GSCO website, myGS tab: https://mygs.girlscouts.org/. The course is divided into sections with a few short knowledge checks and resources to review as well.

However, only TCMs who are approved in their role – after submitting their TCM agreement and after their troop has submitted their ACH form – have access to the TCM training in gsLearn. TCMs are granted access to the training once they are approved, but since administrative processes can take a few days, there is now an alternative option.

Below is a link to watch one of the live webinar recordings on the Girl Scouts of Colorado YouTube channel.

2021 TCM Training – recorded webinar

If you opt to watch the TCM Training on the GSCO YouTube channel, please complete the training survey below. It will ask for your name and a few questions related to the training and take just a few minutes to complete. Once you submit the survey, GSCO will log that you completed the required training.

Here’s the link to the survey:

https://girlscoutsusa.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bfjkQTLcMegBUJn?Q_CHL=qr

Key Resources

Drop in for Cookie Chats on Wednesdays at noon or at 6 p.m.  They will be every Wednesday until the end of the Cookie Program. Our Product Program Specialists host the Zoom calls. The Cookie Chats are an open forum discussion/Q and A. No need to register, just click the link and join the team to talk about all things cookie.

There is now an electronic parent permission form for the cookie program! Parents/caregivers can complete the form and will be emailed a copy and they can click a request button on the form and have a copy of the permission form emailed to their TCM!

Here’s a link to the permission form: 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program Permission Form – Formstack Share it with the families in your troop!

Find other cookie program resources on our website under the “Cookies” tab:

https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/resources.html

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She was at the can send in her story here.

Booth Updates for the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program

Council Booths

Walmart says yes to Council Booths for the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program! Staff and volunteers are making the ask of store managers and getting approval for cookie booth locations.

GSCO staff has been working with King Soopers/City Market and Safeway stores statewide as well, to secure Council Booth locations and dates. Follow-up communications from stores are expected next week.

GSCO is also excited about new Council Booth partnerships, such as GNC stores and others, that have stepped forward in support of Girl Scouts!

In previous years, most of our Council Booth locations were secured in January. This year is no different. Communications about booths begin in November and December, but usually our council partner locations ask that we check back with them right after the holidays – and that’s exactly what’s happening now!

As Council Booth locations are secured and confirmed, they will be entered into eBudde and ready to roll for booth selections the week of January 25.

My Sales Booths

Many local business owners are willing to partner with Girl Scouts and offer space for booths. They want to support girls throughout the cookie season!

Some troops have already secured My Sales booth locations and those locations have been entered and approved in eBudde. If you’re not sure how to make the request for a My Sales Booth and get it approved, talk with your service unit cookie manager (SUCM).

Be creative! Volunteers and parents know which businesses are popular in their communities and/or which locations have been successful booth sites in previous years. Make the ask for My Sales booth locations of those business owners first.

Also, consider which businesses are in areas that get lots of foot traffic, and that have a sizeable space in front of the business and/or a good-sized parking lot. If the location is closed on the weekend, but has great visibility and a large parking lot, ask the business owner if you could set-up a drive-thru booth, and have enough girls, volunteers and signs to direct customers to the cookie booth – similar to a community group car wash set up.

Here’s some suggested My Sales booth locations:

  • Outside favorite restaurants and local shops
  • Libraries
  • Parks and playgrounds
  • School/college parking lots
  • Places of worship parking lots
  • Business parking lots closed on weekend days (i.e., banks, dentist office)

Show your Girl Scout Spirit in your community!  

Cookie booths are run by troops, Juliettes, volunteers, and families. In support of their efforts,  GSCO created a Booth Guide that’s perfect for first cookie season girls and adults, and mini break-out guides and tip sheets perfect for all. The guide includes general information about types of booths, what to bring to a booth, as well as detailed safety guidelines and set-up diagrams and other tips and information, to help make every cookie booth a success!

Check out the complete booth guide, mini guides, and tip sheets on the GSCO website Cookie Resources page or click the links below. There are also links to additional booth resources on the resources page, such as booth signs, a menu board, and goal tracker – along with promotional materials from Little Brownie Baker to make the cookie booths look sharp!

Complete Booth Guide

Drive-thru Booth Mini Guide

Booth Safety and Etiquette Mini Guide

DIY Tabletop Shield

Council Booth Selection Starts Monday, January 25

Mark your calendars and get your cookie team poised to make your selections!

If this is your first-time doing booth selections and you have questions or need assistance, contact your service unit cookie manager (SUCM).

January 25                 Round One Booth selection (6 -11:59 p.m.) – pick one booth

January 26                 Round Two Booth selection (6 -11:59 p.m.) – pick two booths

January 27                          Round Three Booth selection (6 -11:59 p.m.) – pick three booths

January 28                 Round Four Booth selection (6 -11:59 p.m.) – pick four booths

January 29                          Round Five Booth selection (6 p.m.) – limit 100 total booths until Feb 8

Have questions or need additional support? We’ve got YOU!

Join the Product Program Specialist team for open discussions on different topics every Wednesday at noon or at 6 p.m.

No need to register, just click the link and join the team to talk about all things cookie!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Showcase Your Safety and be a Cookie Video Rockstar to Win Big During the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program 

The 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program will be unlike any we have ever seen! Girl Scouts will be flexing that entrepreneurial muscle, finding innovative ways to reach their goals, and making our world a better place. To celebrate all the ways girls are doing this—while staying safe in the midst of a global pandemic— Girl Scouts of Colorado has some new and exciting ways for girls to win BIG. Contests for the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program are listed below along with a brief description. *** Note: These contests are for Girl Scouts of Colorado girl members only.

Best Cookie Video

Digital Cookie is a safe, easy, and fun way for Girl Scouts to meet (and exceed) their cookie goals! For the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program, Digital Cookie will open on January 17 and will allow customers to request girl delivery. Girls can begin taking orders for delivery ahead of the January 31 go-day.

A customized Digital Cookie site will attract even more customers and increase sales, so savvy Girl Scouts will want to include a sales pitch video. After uploading the video to your site, be sure to enter the Girl Scouts of Colorado’s “Best Cookie Video Contest.” This year’s winner will receive 200 Cookie Credits!

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

If your video is too large to send via email, you can send a DropBox or Google Drive link. All entries must be received by 9 a.m. February 12, 2021. After your video is received, it will be uploaded to the Girl Scouts of Colorado YouTube channel. The video that receives the most “thumbs up” by 9 a.m. February 24 wins! *** Note: You must send the original file for your video to be included. Links to videos hosted on YouTube sites other than GSCO will not be accepted.

First Prize: 200 Cookie Credits

Second Prize: 100 Cookie Credits

Third Prize: 50 Cookie Credits

Girl Scouts 12-years-old and younger can have a parent/caregiver help them make their video. Videos submitted by Girl Scouts 13-years-old and older must be girl-done. VIDEOS CANNOT CONTAIN ANY COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL.

“Showcase Your Safety” Photo Challenge

Running a business during a pandemic is challenging, but we’re Girl Scouts and “We’ve got this!” From wearing masks and devising a porch delivery system, to hosting virtual cookie booths and drive-thru booths, to building partitions for booths, we want to see all the innovative and creative ways you’re staying safe while working to reach your cookie goal!

Rules to follow:

  1. Snap a photo of you (your troop) showcasing how you’re being safe.
  2. Email your photo, along with a brief story, troop number, and your cookie goal, to Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org. You can also share your photo on FacebookTwitter, or  Instagram. Be sure to tag Girl Scouts of Colorado. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo and #GirlScoutCookies.
  3. Submit your entry by February 16, 2021!
  4. All of the entries will be uploaded to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Facebook page and be part of the album: “Showcase Your Safety” Photo Challenge
  5. 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 9 a.m. February 23 wins!

First Prize: 200 Cookie Credits

Second Prize: 100 Cookie Credits

Third Prize: 50 Cookie Credits

If you have questions, email GSCO Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program Permission Form: Electronic Version

Attention troop cookie managers! You asked and GSCO answered! Below you will find a link to an electronic version of the Cookie Program Permission Form for the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program. Parents/caregivers can complete the form online, have a copy emailed to them, and have a copy emailed directly to the troop cookie manager.

Complete the form for your Girl Scout now – 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program Permission Form – Formstack

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Booth Guide for 2021 Cookie Program Available Now

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Booth Guide for the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program is now available! This online resource contains all you need to know about Council, My Sales, and alternative booths. It also includes detailed safety guidelines, the DIY tabletop shield instructions, set-up diagrams and tips for drive-thru booths, no-contact deliveries, and steps for recording booth sales!

GSCO’s Product Program team has also created a drive-thru booth mini guide and tip sheets for specific topics! Check out the booth guides and tip sheets on the Cookie Resources page of the GSCO website: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/resources.html

Complete Booth Guide: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/21_Booth%20Guide_final.pdf

Drive-thru Booth Mini Guide: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/content/dam/girlscoutsofcolorado/documents/21_Drive-thru%20Booth%20Guide_final.pdf

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Last Call to Complete Forms for Fall Product Program Contests

Drawing for the Fall Product Program Mascot – Giant Sloth

During the 2020 Fall Product Program, Girl Scouts of Colorado were offered the opportunity to enter a drawing to win the giant-sized, plush, pygmy three-toed sloth.

This year, there was a twist added to the contest too – girls could qualify to enter the drawing in multiple ways and increase their chances to win the giant plush sloth!

To qualify for entering the sloth drawing:

  • Girls who renewed their membership by September 30 and who participated in the Fall Product Program – One drawing entry.
  • Girls who sold 15+ magazine subscriptions – Two drawing entries.
  • Girls who reached the level of $650+ in *combined sales – Three drawing entries.

Girls only need to complete the giant plush sloth drawing form once and check off the criteria they have met. Criteria will be verified by GSCO staff. Each qualification met could mean up to six total entries to the drawing!

*Combined sales can be any combination of online and/or in-person sales.

Link to Plush Sloth drawing form:

https://girlscoutsofcolorado.formstack.com/forms/2020_sloth_contest_entry_form

The drawing will be on Wednesday, December 16. The winner will be contacted directly first, and then announced through GSCO social media.

Magazine Subscription Contest

The first 50 girls who sold 15 or more magazine subscriptions and complete the magazine contest form, can receive a cool camp hammock!

If you sold 15 or more magazine subscriptions, but forgot to fill out the form, you have until Friday, December 11.

Link to magazine subscription contest form:

https://girlscoutsofcolorado.formstack.com/forms/2020_magazine_contest_entry_form

Girls who earned the camp hammock will be notified directly.

Questions? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.