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I đź’š Fall Product Program: Emma from Highlands Ranch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 2020 Fall Product Program is now underway, and there’s still plenty of time for you to get started! Fall Product Program is a great way for troops (both new and existing) to earn proceeds to use for Girl Scout activities throughout the year or to get one step closer to reaching their next goal. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/per item for nuts and chocolates sold.

GSCO Media Star Emma from Highlands Ranch told us what she likes about this program:

How many years have you participated in Fall Product Program?

Four Years

Do you like creating an avatar that looks like you? Do you record a message too?

Yes, I love making my own avatar and seeing my friends’ avatars. I have been making a video for my online store for the last couple of years. 

What do you like about having an online storefront? Is it easy to connect with family, friends, and other customers? Is it fun to use? 

I love my online storefront because it makes Fall Product Program so easy. I just send out emails from M2, and my friends and family can buy delicious treats and magazines from my online store. 

What tips for success would you share with girls who are participating for the first time?

The biggest tip I can give girls is to send out as many emails as you can. The Fall Product Program items are so delicious, people will buy them. 

What nut or candy item(s) do your customers like best?

My customers like the Peppermint Bark and Mint Trefoils. They are both delicious! 

What has your troop done with Fall Product Program troop proceeds that you’ve earned?

My troop has used a portion of the proceeds from Fall Product Program to pay for our own activities and help the community. Last year, we used our money to buy holiday gifts for more than 20 families at a Title 1 school in our community. We are also going rock climbing this weekend! 

What’s the coolest reward that you have earned?

The coolest reward I received from Fall Product Program was the Cookie Cart. I use it every year to sell and deliver Girl Scout Cookies. 

Thank you, Emma, for sharing your experience and tips with other Girl Scouts!

Want to participate? You’ll find the M2OS log-in instructions and set-up instructions, family guides, and an order card that shows all girl rewards are on the Fall Product Program page of the GSCO website. Parents/caregivers can also watch the How to Get Started in M2OS – For Families video and learn how to help their Girl Scout.

Need more information? Go to the Fall Product Program page on our website: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/fall-product-program.html and check out the Fall Product Program weekly update videos posted to GSCO Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Questions about Fall Product Program or need assistance? We are here to support you! Contact GSCO customer care at 1-877-404-5708 or 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.

I đź’š Fall Product Program: Hailey from Arvada

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 2020 Fall Product Program is now underway, and there’s still plenty of time for you to get started! Fall Product Program is a great way for troops (both new and existing) to earn proceeds to use for Girl Scout activities throughout the year or to get one step closer to reaching their next goal. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/per item for nuts and chocolates sold.

GSCO Media Star Hailey from Arvada told us what she likes about this program:

How many years have you participated in Fall Product Program?

I have been doing the Fall Product Program for three to four years

Do you like creating an avatar that looks like you? Do you record a message too?

Yes. I like to create an avatar because I can make her look just like me and I love it, it makes me feel like I have a mini fairy. For some years, I have recorded a message and other years not, but I like it either way.

What do you like about having an online storefront? Is it easy to connect with family, friends and other customers? Is it fun to use?

I like this because I can send the link to family who live outside the state. It is easy and fun to use.   

What tips for success would you share with girls who are participating for the first time?

Share with everyone and have a great goal! People like to know what you are going to do with the money you earn.

What nut or candy item (s) do your customers like best?

They like a little bit of everything. I always mention the Peanut Butter Monkeys.

What has your troop done with Fall Product Program troop proceeds that you’ve earned?

We use this money for supplies for the year.

What’s the coolest reward that you have earned?

S’mores Club stuff

Thank you, Hailey, for sharing your experience and tips with other Girl Scouts!

Want to participate? You’ll find the M2OS log-in instructions and set-up instructions, family guides, and an order card that shows all girl rewards are on the Fall Product Program page of the GSCO website. Parents/caregivers can also watch the How to Get Started in M2OS – For Families video and learn how to help their Girl Scout.

Need more information? Go to the Fall Product Program page on our website: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/fall-product-program.html and check out the Fall Product Program weekly update videos posted to GSCO Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Questions about Fall Product Program or need assistance? We are here to support you! Contact GSCO customer care at 1-877-404-5708 or 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.

I đź’š Fall Product Program: Juliette from Parker

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 2020 Fall Product Program is now underway, and there’s still plenty of time for you to get started! Fall Product Program is a great way for troops (both new and existing) to earn proceeds to use for Girl Scout activities throughout the year or to get one step closer to reaching their next goal. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/per item for nuts and chocolates sold.

GSCO Media Star Juliette from Parker told us what she likes about this program:

How many years have you participated in Fall Product Program

This is my fifth year participating in the Fall Product Program.

Do you like creating an avatar that looks like you? Do you record a message too?

I like to express how I look at myself when creating the avatar.

What do you like about having an online storefront? Is it easy to connect with family, friends and other customers? Is it fun to use?

It’s easier to use the online storefront since family and friends can order on their own time, and  they can also take their time in deciding what they want.

What tips for success would you share with girls who are participating for the first time?

Those that aren’t interested don’t have to say no directly to you, but (they can) feel free to continue sharing your personalized shopping link.

What nut or candy item (s) do your customers like best?

Nana really likes the Pecan Supremes and Pa enjoys anything with peppermint. You can’t go wrong with chocolate.

What has your troop done with Fall Product Program troop proceeds that you’ve earned?

My troop uses the funds we earn to go on camping trips.

What’s the coolest reward that you have earned?

I like to earn rewards for a plush animal. This year’s theme is the sloth.

Thank you, Juliette, for sharing your experience and tips with other Girl Scouts!

Want to participate? You’ll find the M2OS log-in instructions and set-up instructions, family guides, and an order card that shows all girl rewards are on the Fall Product Program page of the GSCO website. Parents/caregivers can also watch the How to Get Started in M2OS – For Families video and learn how to help their Girl Scout.

Need more information? Go to the Fall Product Program page on our website: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/fall-product-program.html and check out the Fall Product Program weekly update videos posted to GSCO Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Questions about Fall Product Program or need assistance? We are here to support you! Contact GSCO customer care at 1-877-404-5708 or 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.

Kicking Off Another Amazing Girl Scout year with the Fall Product Program

Your Girl Scout can earn a personalized patch with her name and customized M2 avatar on it, while her troop earns 13% of magazine sales and a $1 for each nut/candy item sold. Participating is easy to do – girls can get started today!

Girls learn all aspects of running an online business by using the M2 platform. M2 makes the experience girl-friendly with an easy-to-navigate dashboard where they can create a video, set their goals, create messages for their customers, and the most popular feature, create their own avatar – which girls love!

There are M2 step-by-step guides for families available on our Fall Product Program resources page or click the links below. The M2 operating system (M2OS) is user-friendly and the guides explain what to do before, during, and after the program, making it easier for new users to navigate the platform.

Online and paper order card orders have the option of girl delivery. Girls can do “Porch Pixie” drop-off/delivery of products to friends and family, following current safety guidelines. Online orders with the girl delivery option are paid for through the M2 operating system.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as we monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To review the most current safety guidelines, go to the pink banner on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website.

  1. Beginning Saturday, September 12, 2020, girls/families can go to gsnutsandmags.com/gsco and follow the prompts to access the M2 system and set-up their storefront.

Please note that if your girl is a Juliette, her troop number will be her service unit number preceded by 99 (for example, a Juliette in Service Unit 755 would be listed under Troop 99755 in the system). If you are not sure what service unit she is in, please select the “I don’t know/see my troop or group#” option.

TIPS:

  • If your Girl Scout needs a membership, please go to join to renew her membership for the 2020-2021 year, please click here. You can also renew through myGS on the GSCO website.
  • Look for caregiver/family training and other postings on the GSCO Facebook page, YouTube channel, and here on the blog, for tips and how-to videos to support girls and families throughout the program.
  • Troop fall product managers will distribute order cards, money envelopes, and the Family Guide to girls/caregivers. You can also find all materials (except for money envelopes) on our website on the Fall Product Program page.
  1. Create an Avatar: Girl Scouts can create their own avatar to look just like them! As she moves through the online set-up creating her personalized storefront, she earns virtual rewards that she can view in her avatar’s room.
  2. Make and upload a video: Look for the “How to Get Started in M2OS – For Families” video, posted to the GSCO Facebook page and YouTube channel. It covers all that you need to know to how to help your Girl Scout get set-up in M2OS and how to create and upload a video to their M2 storefront. On the dashboard in M2, you will also find a “Video Instructions” link, providing internet safety tips as well as a sample script.

If a girl uploads a video to her storefront, her customers will see that video. A personal video message is more impactful to customers, especially family and friends. If a girl does not add her own video, her customers will either see a troop video or the generic (default) video available.

  1. Launch Campaign Storefront: Once their storefront is set up, Girl Scouts can send emails to friends and family with a link to their storefront, inviting them to look at the nut and candy items and magazines available. It’s best for girls to communicate with customers early, to give family and friends plenty of time to support them. Your girl can increase her sales by announcing that her storefront is open on social media, too, post only to private pages.
  2. Girl Rewards: Girls can check their dashboard in M2 to see their progress in reaching their goals. They can also see the rewards they are earning during the program.

Make sure your Girl Scout has created her avatar exactly as she wants her to look. As soon as she meets the criteria for earning the personalized patch, it will be sent directly to the address entered in the M2 system. Double-check that the address is correct too!

Need help with registration or log-in? Email M2 Customer Service at question@gsnutsandmags.com  or call 1-800-372-8520.

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.

Magazines Contest: 2020 Fall Product Program

The 2020 Fall Product Program kicks off Saturday, September 12 and there is a new contest this year!

*The first 50 Girl Scouts who sell 15 or more magazine subscriptions and complete the magazine contest form below, will receive a cool camp hammock!

Magazine subscriptions are purchased through a Girl Scouts’ online storefront in M2. There are lots of popular titles to choose from for sports enthusiasts, fashionistas, green thumbs, news hounds, and nature lovers! Magazines make great gifts for family and friends to enjoy, plus there are no shipping fees. Troops also earn 13% of subscription costs as proceeds.

Bonus: Girl Scouts who sell 15+ magazine subscriptions will not only qualify for a chance at receiving a hammock, but they will also qualify for two entries into the drawing for the giant plush sloth! For more information about the sloth contest, read this blog.

The contest form opens September 12. As soon as a girl has sold 15 or more magazine subscriptions, she should complete the form to qualify to receive a hammock.

*The first 50 Girl Scouts to qualify will be based on the date that the contest form is submitted, and the verified number of magazine subscriptions sold.

Magazines Contest Form:

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

Note: Hammocks will need to be picked up from the nearest GSCO office.

Questions? Call Girl Scouts of Colorado customer care at 877-404-5708 or 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.

Giant Sloth Contest Drawing: 2020 Fall Product Program

During the 2020 Fall Product Program, Girl Scouts of Colorado will have a drawing to win the giant-sized, pygmy three-toed sloth – our program mascot!

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

Below are the different ways to qualify for entering the drawing:

  • Girls who have renewed their membership by Sept. 30, 2020 and who participate in the 2020 Fall Product Program – One drawing entry.
  • Girls who sell 15+ magazine subscriptions – Two drawing entries.
  • Girls who reach the level of $650+ in *combined sales – Three drawing entries.

Girls do not need to meet each criterion to enter the drawing.

How to Enter:

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 criterion that’s met could mean up to six total entries in the drawing!

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

Contest Entry Deadline and Drawing:

Girls must complete and submit form by the deadline: Friday, December 11, 2020, 11:59 p.m.

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

Contest drawing will be on Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

Note: We cannot ship the giant plush sloth. The winner will need to schedule to pick it up from the nearest GSCO office.

About Our Mascot:

Today’s small tree sloths, like the pygmy three-toed sloth, are directly related to the long extinct giant ground sloths – large, lumbering beasts that lived in the Americas during the Ice Age.

There are fewer than 100 pygmy three-toed sloths left in this 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.

Having the pygmy sloth as the 2020 mascot helps 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.

To read more about ways in which people are helping pygmy three-toed sloths, go to: https://www.zsl.org/conservation/regions/americas/pygmy-three-toed-sloth-conservation

Questions about the contest? Call Girl Scouts of Colorado customer care at 877-404-5708 or 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.

Meet the 2020 Fall Product Program Mascots

Meet Scout and Sylvia, the Pygmy three-toed sloth mascots for the 2020 Fall Product Program! A small and large plush sloth are two of the rewards for the 2020 Fall Product Program. Scout sloth is earned at the $350 level, and Sylvia sloth at $750.

To see all 2020 Fall Product Program girl rewards, check out the order card posted on our website. Remember all rewards are cumulative.

Facts about the Pygmy three-toed sloth:

  • There are two different types of sloths, two-toed and three-toed. Of the three-toed sloths, there are four living species: Brown-throated sloth; Maned sloth; Pale-throated sloth; and the Pygmy three-toed sloth.
  • The Pygmy three-toed sloth is the smallest of the three-toed sloths and was only recognized as a distinct species in 2001.
  • Pygmy three-toed sloths can only be found on the Isla Escudo de Veraguas, off the coast of mainland Panama.
  • Pygmy three-toed sloths can extend their tongues 10 to 12 inches out of their mouths.
  • The sloths move incredibly slowly and mainly live in red mangrove trees. They can stay up in the trees for as long as seven days and usually only descend to the ground to urinate and defecate.
  • These sloths are considered critically endangered due to habitat destruction. Humans cutting down the red mangrove trees in which they live, making it hard for these sloths to survive. There are less than 100 Pygmy three-toed sloths left in the world.
  • Sloths are great swimmers and can hold their breath underwater for up to 40 minutes.
  • Pygmy three-toed sloths primarily feed on the leaves on the red mangrove trees in which they live.
  • The sloths outsmart their predators by relying on camouflage provided by the algae that grows on their fur; this aIlows them to blend in with the mangrove trees, making it hard to spot them.
  • The average Pygmy three-toed sloth is 20 inches long and can weigh between 5.5 lbs – 8 lbs.

To learn more facts about sloths and the efforts to save them, you can visit the websites below:

https://www.kidssavingtherainforest.org/savethesloths.html

https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/sloth

http://www.theslothinstitutecostarica.org/saving-sloths-together/

If you have questions about Fall Product Program or need assistance, please contact GSCO Customer Care. Call 1- 877-404-5708 or 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.

S’mores Club for 2020 – 2021

The 2020 Fall Product Program kicks-off on Saturday, September 12! Girl Scouts, along with troop and service unit fall product volunteers, can join the S’mores Club by participating in both the Fall Product and Girl Scout Cookie Program and meeting the criteria outlined below.

During the Fall Product Program, Girl Scouts learn all aspects of running an online business by using the M2 platform. M2 makes the experience girl friendly, with an easy-to-navigate dashboard where they can create a video, set their goals, create custom messages for their customers, create business cards, and the most popular feature, create their own avatar – which girls love! Girls earn program rewards too.

Last year, custom Converse shoes were one of the program rewards offered – and they were a favorite! Lots of girls expressed how much they loved the reward and sent in pictures of the shoes they designed for themselves.

S’mores Club Qualifications

GIRLS:

If you send 15+ emails and sell 15+ items during the 2020 Fall Product Program and 400+ packages during the 2021 Cookie Program, you get:

  • A pair of custom Converse shoes and a S’mores Club avatar patch

TROOPS:

If the troop sells $550+ in *combined sales during the 2020 Fall Product Program, they get:

  • An exclusive booth selection opportunity for the 2021 Cookie Program

And – If the troop has a 400+ packages per selling girl average during the Cookie Program, the Troop Fall Product Manager and Troop Cookie Manager are eligible for volunteer rewards.

  • A pair of custom converse shoes and a personalized S’mores Club avatar patch for the TFPM and TCM*

For a quick reference, check out the S’mores Club flier and share it with girls and adults in your troop and service unit.

If you have questions, read our S’mores Club FAQ or contact inquiry@gscolorado.org.

*Please note

Combined sales means, sales either made through the girls’ online storefront and/or orders taken with the order card – any combination of sales. Previous only online sales were counted.

The troop per selling girl average (PSGA) is calculated based on the total number of packages a troop sells, divided by the number of selling girls in that troop.

If the TFPM and TCM are the same person, only one reward will be given.

The reward for adults is for troop participation only. Juliettes can qualify for the S’mores Club and receive the custom Converse shoes and the personalized patch. However, Juliette caregivers will not receive the custom Converse shoes, personalized patch, or an exclusive booth selection opportunity.

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.

Bronze Award Girl Scouts Deliver Masks, Lanyards, and Sneeze Guards to Teachers and School Staff

As many as ten Girl Scout Juniors from Troop 65430 in Highlands Ranch – Lone Tree delivered 40 plexiglass sneeze guards, more than 65 reusable masks, and 70 mask lanyards, along with “welcome back” cards— all of which they made — to teachers and staff at Wildcat Mountain Elementary School on Friday, August 14, 2020. In the midst of a global pandemic, these Girl Scouts wanted to help teachers, staff, and classmates return to in-person learning as safely as possible. The troop paid for the supplies for this project with funds earned through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Through this project, the girls also earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award, which is the highest award for Girl Scouts in fourth or fifth grade.

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.

2020 Fall Product Program starts September 12

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Fall Product Program is a safe, easy, and fun way for troops to earn proceeds for future Girl Scout adventures and build their entrepreneurial business skills, by running their own online storefront! Here are three reasons you should participate in the 2020 Fall Product Program.

  1. The Fall Product Program can be done entirely online, eliminating face-to-face interactions with customers! Nuts, candy, and magazines can be ordered online and shipped directly to customers. Girls can also choose to sell nut and candy items to friends and family in-person, and customers can select girl delivery for nut and candy items.
  2. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/item for nuts and chocolates. While you may still have funds/Cookie Credits from the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program waiting to be used, funds from Fall Product Program can help you take those plans to the next level and give back to your community in an even more meaningful way.
  3. Hone your business skills, particularly goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. These will not only help you today, but also as you become one of our country’s next great leaders! Setting goals and problem-solving go hand-in-hand with teaching girls how to chart a course and adjust to overcome the bumps along the way.

The Fall Product Program gives girls the chance to put their skills into action, show off their Girl Scout spirit, and let their confidence soar as they interact with customers and remind the community that Girl Scouts are still here changing the world. Through the digital platform, M2OS, your girl can create her own virtual storefront and send personalized messages about how she is using the courage, confidence, and character she has developed through her Girl Scout Leadership Experience to continue making a difference in this world. She will show that the world has changed, but she’s ready to face that challenge.

Important 2020 Fall Product Program Dates

September 12 – Fall Product Program begins

October 11 – In-person sales end/Last day for Nut Promise orders

October 14 – Online, girl delivery orders close. Online orders of shipped nuts candy and magazines continue.

October 26 – Online Storefront closes

Girls earn rewards based on their participation in the Fall Product Program and they have the option of choosing Cookie Credits as rewards too. All rewards are cumulative. By selling $275 in combined sales, girls can also earn a personalized avatar patch – choosing between lots of avatar customizations – including having her avatar kayaking or relaxing in a hammock and wearing her Girl Scout uniform.

All materials for Fall Product Program are shipped directly to service unit fall product program managers (SUFPM) and then distributed to troops. This year, SUFPMs will coordinate pick-up or drop-offs following state and local safety guidelines. Volunteers and families can also download or print Fall Product Program materials, except money envelopes, from the Fall Product Program Resources page on the GSCO website. This year, all Fall Product Program training can be presented virtually. Short, easy to access training videos will be available in September for troop volunteers and families.

For more information, go to the Fall Product Program page on the GSCO website or contact GSCO customer care at 1-877-404-5708 or inquiry@gscolorado.org.