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Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana volunteer Amy Winstead shares tips for navigating eBudde™ Troop App Plus

From Little Brownie Bakers

Amy Winstead of Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana is a troop leader and area cookie chair. When we talked to her in early January, she was busy helping 30 troops prepare for booth sales. She had the challenge of working out logistics and resolving issues along the way.

The eBudde Troop App Plus is a tool Amy says she uses to get things done on the go, and she has several tips for volunteers who are just learning how to navigate the app and its features.

Amy’s tips for new cookie volunteers

  • Explore the eBudde desktop site first to get a good feel for what’s there. The large format helps you get a bird’s-eye view of the system.
  • Then, download the eBudde Troop App Plus. Almost everything that you see on the desktop is on the app, so you can do most of your work from your phone on the go.
  • Keep eBudde and the receipt book updated, and you’ll have everything you need.
  • Keep it simple and don’t recreate the wheel. If all the information is in eBudde, someone can easily get remote help when needed.
  • Amy is looking forward to seeing how the app’s Cookie Exchange feature helps troops manage their inventory this year. There are always troops that need to exchange with other troops, especially toward the end of the season.

Amy’s tips for experienced cookie volunteers

  • Tired of leaving a meeting only to have “homework” to do? No more. Pull up the eBudde Troop App. Plus, write your receipt and do your data entry right there, where the girls can get more cookies.
  • You know certain booth locations are big opportunities and they fill up fast. Use the app to sign up to be notified if a time slot becomes available in a particular location you like.
  • Remember, if you can’t make your booth time, be sure to drop it in eBudde. The app makes it easy to do this, so we can be considerate of others who would like that slot.
  • If you’re leading older girls, consider letting them enter their own cookie orders into the app.

Because the app is formatted to show one girl at a time, you can keep the other girls’ information private.

“Our goal is to have the girls run the business in high school, so the technology aspect is important,” says Amy, whose own troop is comprised of Girl Scout Cadettes. “We want to get the girls involved in the app, so they are truly managing their own sale.”

Amy’s tips for area cookie chairs

  • Sometimes, two troops arrive for the same booth time and location. Use eBudde as the final word. Have everyone open the app to see who is supposed to be at the booth—and then use the app to find a nearby open booth for the other troop.
  • Helping troop volunteers with eBudde is easy with the app. You can walk them through issues step by step because you can see everything they see.
  • To prevent errors or misunderstandings, it’s generally best to refrain from editing a troop’s information unless you have permission from the volunteer.
  • One of the main jobs of the area cookie chair is connecting who needs cookies with who has too many. Encourage people to use the app’s Cookie Exchange feature to make it easier on everyone.

2019 Best Cookie Dad contest: Dad leads the pack

Submitted Jenni Grossman

Western Colorado

Grand Junction

Ryan is our troop’s Cookie Dad. He volunteered for this position after joining our troop. He had previous experience doing it for a smaller troop, but he made the jump to managing almost 30 girls and their cookies. He works full-time, so balancing Cookie Dad too is no easy feat! He even rented a giant Uhaul for cookie delivery to make it easier on the other volunteers. He has worked so hard and it’s just the beginning of the season. Our troop is so lucky to have Ryan as a part of our team!

Ryan was a go-getter when he organized cookie pick-up and did it all on his own! He is a leader by selecting as many booth sites as he can to help our girls reach their goals! He takes risks by jumping in to help and never looking back. He is using innovation skills to manage the girls’ cookies, money, orders, and work with parents—all with a smile on his face!

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads who help Girl Scouts all across Colorado meet their goals. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

2019 Best Cookie Dad contest: My dancing dad

Submitted by Jon S.

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

My dad says to just have fun with it. He dances and acts goofy – and that gets cars to stop at our booth and buy cookies. He is awesome and makes all the hard work fun!

I am nine and a Junior, but I can be shy. Cookies have helped me get tons more comfortable talking to people.

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads who help Girl Scouts all across Colorado meet their goals. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

2019 Best Cookie Dad contest: Always there and supports me

 

Submitted by Ashley A.

Northern & Northeastern CO

Mead

My dad has always supported me in Girl Scouts. He wears his “Man enough to be a Girl Scout” tshirt a lot.

He helps me sell cookies every year and it has been three years. We moved from Illinois to Colorado and I found a troop here that camps in tents. He was willing to donate and lend his personal camping gear to help my troop camp. He offers to be a member, if needed, and he would be there in a heartbeat. He even gave his van to us for a camp-out because at the last minute we needed another car for transportation.

His smile and friendly sales pitch has helped me already sell over 200 packages of cookies and that was my first day selling. My mom is a leader and is always there, so my dad does not have to go out of his way to help me, but he still does. I am very lucky to have such a great dad!

I was brave enough to join a Colorado troop when my family moved. I wanted to sell more cookies this year, so I made a poster and set up at a corner near my church. I made new friends at my troop, church, and new school. Since I joined my new Colorado troop, in just one year I went kayaking, hiking, tent and tabin camping, paddle boarding, and participated in a parade and flag ceremony. I have already attended Magic Sky Ranch and Meadow Mountain Ranch camps and I am hoping to go to a new one this year. Girl Scouts has taught me how to make friends, be brave, and try new things. I am a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, and leader) in Girl Scouts and proud of it.

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads who help Girl Scouts all across Colorado meet their goals. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

2019 Best Cookie Dad contest: Cookie Dad 101

Submitted by Kate Harvie

Western Colorado

Montrose

Mark Hanson is already rocking cookies in 2019! He hosted the cookie education and tasting station at the 2019 Montrose Cookie Camp Rally. Mark was the hero of the day, helping set up every station and he taught the girls to roll up a tent from their skit props. Mark is a hero in Troop 17122

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads who help Girl Scouts all across Colorado meet their goals. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

2019 Best Cookie Video contest: Andie’s cookie video

This video is by Andie B., a Girl Scout Brownie in Parker. This is Andie’s third year as a Girl Scout. She planned the video herself, recruiting help from her family only to act and film. Andie’s personal sales goal this year is 750 packages. Her Brownie troop is planning to go cabin camping and hopes to take a trip to a waterpark. They’re also planning to help homeless animals this year with their cookie earnings.

Watch Andie’s video here: https://youtu.be/0k8-1AekSyE 

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

2019 Best Cookie Video contest: Annabelle’s cookie video

2018 was Annabelle’s first year selling Girl Scout Cookies. She was a Daisy and sold over 1,000 packages. Annabelle enjoyed running her own booths, working with her troop, and earning money for camp.

Watch Annabelle’s here: https://youtu.be/1ZIZNe32sUM

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

2019 Best Cookie Dad contest: Cookie Dad on furlough

Submitted by Eavan, Girl Scout Brownie

Metro Denver

Arvada

My dad is the best cookie dad! He took on the role of cookie manager and then the government shutdown happened, so he was not working for 35 days! During that time, he worked so hard to make our cookie sales a success. He helped set up booths, including fun cookie sales at our school pick-up car line and at a locally owned restaurant! He’s been a great leader and I am proud of my dad!

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads who help Girl Scouts all across Colorado meet their goals. Tell us about what makes your dad an awesome Cookie Dad and he could win a cool prize. 

Smart Cookie: February 4, 2019

The Girl Scout Cookie Program got off to a super start as girls went door-to-door on Super Bowl Sunday. The weather cooperated in much of the state and we’re hearing reports of awesome starting sales.

If your girl sold 50 packages or more door-to-door on kickoff Sunday, don’t forget to fill out this formto claim her free Super Bowl patch. The deadline to submit the form is tomorrow, Feb. 5.

Damage or delivery discrepancies 

Any damaged, overage, or shortage discrepancies need to be reported to your service unit cookie manager by the end of the day today.

Cupboards are open 

Cookie Cupboards are open around the state if you need to restock your inventory. Please check your local cupboard hours in eBudde and try to give one week’s notice for orders to be filled. Be mindful that many cupboards are managed by volunteers and will have varying hours.

Council booth sites begin February 15 

Council booth selections have been made, and girls across the state are getting ready to Bling their Booths! Check eBudde for additional booth locations, and please release in eBudde any booths that your girls will not be able to staff so that another troop or girl can have the chance to sell there.

Win big this cookie season

There are so many ways for you to win BIG during the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program. We’re hosting a variety of contests for Colorado Girl Scout members!

  • Make a cookie video to promote your sale on your Digital Cookie site and you could also win $200 in Cookie Credits!
  • Bling Your Booth to attract more customers and you could take home $200 in Cookie Credits.
  • Know an amazing cookie dad? Share his story to help get him the recognition he deserves!

Read all the details about this year’s contests on the blog.

Be booth ready

While your girls and their families are out and about selling Girl Scout Cookies, they often get asked about Girl Scouting in general, and we want everyone to know that Girl Scouts is about so much more than selling cookies! Let’s show all our cookie customers how the world’s largest girl-led entrepreneurial program prepares girls to lead, learn, and succeed all while making it possible for them to embark on amazing adventures, form a lifetime of memories and unleash the power of G.I.R.L. (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, leaders)™ to change the world. Share this two-sided sheet with girls and families for tips on how to answer “Why Girl Scouts?” like a pro! Troop volunteers can also take a look at this Booth Essentials sheet to prepare for scenarios that sometimes come up while selling cookies.

Don’t forget Digital Cookie

Remind the girls in your troop that Digital Cookie is an easy way to add to your sales. Girls can add a video message or a photo, share their goals and what they’re learning by selling cookies, then share their digital cookie link with friends and family, even those living in other states.

Upcoming Dates

Feb. 7

Council booth selection opens for unlimited selection

Feb. 12

Deadline to enter the Best Cookie Video contest

Feb. 15

Council booths begin

Feb. 22-24

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend

2019 Best Cookie Dad contest

Dads are an important part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team. That’s why we honor dads who help Girl Scouts all across Colorado meet their goals.

If your Cookie Dad is the best, write a short essay about what he does that is so awesome and submit it through the Share Your Stories form on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog. Be sure to include a photo of him, preferably involved in a Girl Scout Cookies-related activity. However, any photo will do. You may also submit a link to a YouTube or Vimeo video. All submissions must be received by March 10, 2019.

The best stories will be shared on the Girl Scouts of Colorado blog and social media networks. We also have a special prize for the best submissions to show dad just how much we appreciate him for being part of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Cookie Team.

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

** Note: This contest is for Girl Scouts of Colorado girl members only.