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Cookie season check-in for parents/caregivers

Lots of great stories and photos have been sent in to the GSCO Blog and Facebook page showing all the fun and hard work that the girls and “grown-ups” are having at cookie booths and going door-to-door.

Thank you to all adults who support their Girl Scouts throughout the cookie program!

After a BUSY cookie weekend around the state, now is a good time for parents and caregivers to take stock of their cookie inventory, turn in cookie payments to your troop cookie manager, and talk with them about upcoming booths.

Some questions to consider:

  • Cookie Inventory – How much do you have? Is your Girl Scout scheduled to work upcoming cookie booths? Can you still make those dates?
    • If you need to change plans to work upcoming booths and/or you need assistance scheduling MySales Booths, talk about it with your troop cookie manager.
    • TCMs can help you submit MySales booths into eBudde for approval. (MySales booths are booths that you schedule at local businesses.)
    • MySales booths need to be approved by the service unit cookie manager to avoid duplicate booths at the same locations and so customers can find your booth in the Cookie Locator.
  • Turning in Payments – Give payments for cookies to your troop cookie manager as frequently as you can.
  • Questions about cookies or additional assistance needed – Reach out to your troop cookie manager for the help that you need. If you have a concern, it’s best to communicate it with them right away!
  • Talk with your Girl Scout and ask her what her experience in the Cookie Program has been like so far. Does she have any questions? Or, maybe a great idea for a place to have a MySales Booth? What has she learned so far?
  • Girl Rewards – Does your Girl Scout know which rewards she wants to earn, and if there is there are options, which one she would like?

Check out the GSCO Blog for all the amazing things Girl Scouts are doing around the state!

Be sure to also vote for your favorite Cookie Video! There are some great videos that were submitted! All of the entries have been uploaded to our YouTube Channel and are part of the playlist: Best Cookie Video Contest 2020. If you like a video, simply click the “thumbs up” icon beneath it. The video that receives the most “thumbs up” by February 25 at 9 a.m. wins!

  • First Prize: $200 in Cookie Credits
  • Second Prize: $100 in Cookie Credits
  • Third Prize: $50 in Cookie Credits

My dad helps me sell cookies and so much more

Submitted by Kimberly Bungard

Pikes Peak

Penrose

My dad has been extra helpful with cookies this year. He helps by picking up more cookies when we run out at booths. He also helps find people to sell cookies to like at his work and at his Elks Lodge. My dad likes to teach me stuff like riding my bike and my quad. He takes me camping in the summers and teaches me how to use tools. My dad is a really hard worker and he teaches me why that is important.

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 17, 2020

Did you Bling Your Booth?

Thousands of Girl Scouts were out in front of grocery stores this weekend for the start of council booth sales! We saw many creative themes and heard some amazing sales pitches – Way to rock your booths! Did you #BlingYourBooth? Don’t forget to send a photo to AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org by February 18. All of the entries will be uploaded to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Facebook page and be part of the album: Bling Your Booth Challenge 2020. 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 February 27 at 9 a.m. wins! The top prize is $200 in Cookie Credits!
View contest details.

Booth etiquette reminders

With the start of council booths, it’s a good time to remind girls and families about booth etiquette. Girls should be polite and thank people whether they purchase or not. Be courteous to arriving Girl Scouts and have your table packed and ready to move at the end of your time slot. Clean up all trash and remove all empty cases. Remember that girls make all sales, but an adult should have the money on their person at all times.

Booth Release and Waiting List

Can’t make it to a booth you selected? TCMs – Be sure to release the booth on your eBudde dashboard so that other troops can work the booth. When booth selections are released, any troop on the waiting list will be notified. Caregivers/parents please contact TCM to cancel My Sales booths.

Check your inventory

Lots of booths happened over the weekend and it might be time to restock your cookie inventory. Cookie Cupboards are open around the state if you need to restock. Please check your local cupboard hours in eBudde and try to give one week’s notice for orders to be filled. You must put orders in at least 72 hours prior to picking up from the cupboard.  If you need cookies before 72 hours, please work with families in your troop or other troops in your area who may have excess inventory. Check the Cookie Exchange tab in eBudde. You can see inventory listed that’s available, or list your own excess inventory to exchange.

Be mindful that many cupboards are managed by volunteers and will have varying hours. It is important to note that anyone who picks up cookies from a cupboard will need an eBudde password.

Cookie Exchange – You can also check the Cookie Exchange in eBudde, if you need cookies before 72 hours, and pick-up additional cookies needed from other troops in your area – and/or offer excess inventory that you have to other troops.

Check in with families – Now is a great time to take stock of all cookie inventory distributed to girls in the troop. Are more cookies needed? Are the girls with a lot of cookies scheduled to work booths? Do caregivers need help scheduling My Sales booths? Checking in now with families of girls in your troop will help to ensure that your cookie inventory is in good shape and is adequate for Council and My Sales booths coming up.

Spread the word about Girl Scouts

Every cookie booth is an opportunity to be an ambassador for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Often Girl Scout alums will stop to share their experience with girls, and sometimes families with young girls stop by to ask how they can get involved. Others are curious about what your girls plan to do with their funds. Whether you’re working toward a highest award, planning a Take Action project in your community, saving up for a big trip, or helping to pay for a summer camp experience, spread the word to all your customers. If families ask about how their girl can get in on the action you can direct them to our website, girlscoutsofcolorado.org it’s not too late — troops are forming all year long!

Need-to-know training

New TCMs – Look for just-in-time, “how-to” short videos and recorded live webinars on our GSCO Facebook page/videos and YouTube page, to help answer questions you may have on next steps during the cookie program. You can easily share links to helpful videos with other volunteers too! Read the GSCO blog and watch for special announcements and live events on the GSCO Facebook page.

Vote for your favorite Cookie Video

Thank you to everyone who entered our contest for “Best Cookie Video.” We are so impressed by the creativity and enthusiasm of all of these cookie-bosses. Now, it is time to rally your friends and family to vote!

All of the entries have been uploaded to our YouTube Channel and are part of the playlist: Best Cookie Video Contest 2020. If you like a video, simply click the “thumbs up” icon beneath it. The video that receives the most “thumbs up” by February 25 at 9 a.m. wins!

  • First Prize: $200 in Cookie Credits
  • Second Prize: $100 in Cookie Credits
  • Third Prize: $50 in Cookie Credits

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 word about the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program and all the amazing things Girl Scouts do with their cookie money.
From Grand Junction to Colorado Springs to Greeley and Denver, GSCO G.I.R.L. Media Stars have been busy promoting the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Interested in being a GSCO G.I.R.L. Media Star? Email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies: Mini Thin Mint Cheesecakes

In 2019, students in Pro Start, a professional culinary prep program, at Standley Lake High School in Westminster developed a series of recipes featuring Girl Scout Cookies. One of the delicious desserts they created: Mini Thin Mint Cheesecakes!

Important update about Toffee-tastic cookies

On Wednesday, February 12, 2020, Little Brownie Bakers turned off the option for customers to buy gluten-free, Toffee-tastic cookies for Direct Ship through Digital Cookie/Digital Order Card.

In addition, GSCO is currently delivering the last of the Toffee-tastic inventory in Colorado, from our storage warehouses to area cookie cupboards. Once a cupboard is out of Toffee-tastic cookies, the variety will be marked as unavailable, and that will be visible in eBudde when placing cupboard orders.

Troop Cookie Managers – Options for troops needing Toffee-tastic cookies:

  1. Check multiple cupboards in your area to see if any cupboards have them in stock.
  2. Check the Cookie Exchange in eBudde and see if there are troops who have excess Toffee-tastic cookies for pick-up, and/or do a troop-to-troop transfer.
  3. Talk with caregivers/parents of the girls and ask if they have Toffee-tastic cookies that can be sold at upcoming booth sales.

My dad is the best cookie dad

Submitted by Jessica F.

Pikes Peak

Penrose

As relayed to me by my daughter Evie:  My dad is awesome! He stood out in below 25-degree weather and sold cookies with me (we sold almost 70 packages!) He encouraged me to tough it out and bought me a hot cocoa to keep warm. He helped me earn my cookie pin between customers by telling me about a financial goal he set as a kid (he collected cans to earn money to buy a Nintendo). He also helped me earn my Uniform to Uniform patch (he’s a correctional officer!) He is always my first customer (he likes the Samoas… they’re my favorite, too). And, he watches my baby brother while my mom (who is also one of my leaders) does Girl Scout stuff with me or does troop booths. He sometimes spends all day driving me to Girl Scout Camp and events too. For this year, I wanted a minion theme “There’s a minion reasons to buy Girl Scout cookies!” so we both wore minion stuff to sell!

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 10, 2020

Get ready for big booth push!

This Friday is Valentine’s Day! Girl Scouts will be selling in front of grocery stores, big box retailers, and other retail locations across the state. Valentine’s Day is usually a great day for sales, so get your girls excited to practice their entrepreneurial skills and reach their goals!

This is also our most visible time of the year, and a great chance for girls to share what they’ve done in Girl Scouts and their goals! Did they get to try something new and challenge themselves? Did they do a service project or a Take Action project to make their community better? How is your troop hoping to use their cookie proceeds? Got big goals – share them! 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.

Make sure you head to your booths with everything you’ll need.

  • Print out and bring a copy of your booth sign-up confirmation
  • Plenty of cookies
  • Booth inventory sheet to track purchases or a device with a booth sale recorder app
  • Table and chairs
  • Tablecloth
  • $60 in change
  • Pen to detect counterfeit bills
  • Any booth posters or decorations to bling your booth

Booths are an awesome opportunity for girls to learn and practice the 5 Skills. It’s a safe environment where girls can try a new pitch, bundle cookies, and really push their Hometown Hero and Gift of Caring donation options. Guide girls in their strategies, but always remember that girls make all sales! Don’t forget to review booth etiquette with your girls, too.

Bundle up for big sales

Cookie bundles are a great way to increase sales. Make an ever-popular “chocolate lovers” bundle as a perfect Valentine’s Day gift by using some pretty ribbon to tie a package of Thin Mints, Tagalongs, and Samoas together for $12- or add a package of S’mores to make it $17. In honor of President’s Day weekend, offer customers a patriotic bundle by packaging the red Tagalongs package together with the blue Trefoils, and top them with a white bow.
Purchase a package of Lemon-Ups and let your customers have a taste of this delicious new cookie!

Make sure your customers know they can also make a Gift of Caring donation to send cookies to our military serving overseas. Challenge those who care a lot to send a whole case!

Check your inventory

Check in with your girls and families to see how they are doing on inventory. Cookie Cupboards are open around the state if you need to restock. Please check your local cupboard hours in eBudde and try to give one week’s notice for orders to be filled. You must put orders in at least 72 hours prior to picking up from the cupboard.  If you need cookies before 72 hours, please work with families in your troop or other troops in your area who may have excess inventory. Check the Cookie Exchange tab in eBudde. You can see inventory listed that’s available, or list your own excess inventory to exchange.
Be mindful that many cupboards are managed by volunteers and will have varying hours. It is important to note that anyone who picks up cookies from a cupboard will need an eBudde password.

Win big during the Cookie Program

Read more about the contests on the GSCO blog. Contests are for GSCO members only.

  • Make a cookie video to promote your sale on your Digital Cookie site and you could win $200 in Cookie Credits! Entries must be received by Thursday, February 13.
  • Bling your booth to attract more customers and you could take home $200 in Cookie Credits. Submit your entry by February 18.
  • Know an amazing cookie dad? Share his story to help get him the recognition he deserves!

Upcoming Dates

February 10 

Council booth selection opens for unlimited selection

February 13

Deadline to enter the Best Cookie Video contest

February 14

Valentine’s Day – Additional council booths begin

February 28 – March 1

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend

Cooking with Girl Scout Cookies: Recipes to share

To help you reach your goals for the Girl Scout Cookie Program and attract customers, we’re sharing recipes for some delicious dishes made with your favorite Girl Scout Cookies.

PRO-TIP: Try making these or print and share the recipe cards at cookie booths, particularly those at grocery stores.

Do-si-dos

Dosidos Peanut Thai Chicken

TagADos Cheesecakes

Tagalongs Dosidos Cake

Samoas

Samoas Brownie Parfait w caramel

Samoas Curry Arancini

Samoas Dream Cake

Samoas Fried Shrimp

Samoas Popcorn

Samoas Sweet Potatoes

Samoas Sweet Rolls

Samoas Trail Mix

Samoas Truffles

S’mores

Smores Campfire Cupcakes

Tagalongs

TagADos Cheesecakes

Tagalongs Dosidos Cake

Tagalongs Shake

Thin Mints

Thin Mints Brownies

Thin Mints Sweet and Salty Mix

Toffee-tastic

Toffee-Tastic Cookie Cake Pops

Toffee-Tastic Triple Layer Cake

Trefoils

Trefoils Cheesecake Cup

Rock your cookie booths

This weekend is the first full weekend of cookie booths. The best and fastest way to find out where Girl Scouts are selling cookies, is to use the Cookie Locator search bar. Enter your zip code, select a number/mile radius, and cookie booth locations will pop up! Go to the Cookie Locator search.

To help new Girl Scout volunteers, and parents and caregivers new to Girl Scouts, we asked experienced volunteers to share some of their booth tips.

  • Be positive and flexible if things don’t go exactly as you imagined or planned. Remember Girl Scouts are watching and sponging up all that you do. No pressure! The best rule of thumb? Be friendly and helpful, considerate and caring…. responsible for what you say and do – be a sister to every Girl Scout – model the Girl Scout Promise and Law for your girls and they will reflect it back to you!
  • This weekend and all through next week – think about Valentine’s Day. Make cookie box bundles. They were a hit for Valentine’s Day (last year) – because chocolate/cookies pair great with flowers!
  • Make sure to have enough cookies with you. It’s better to have more than enough rather than run out of a certain cookie variety.
  • Make sure to bring bags for cookie customers too. For example, collect grocery bags and have them handy if people have large orders.
  • Bundle up! Bring a bag with extra gloves, scarves, hats, (an extra GS vest), tissues (for cold runny noses) etc., with you. You could also bring hand and feet warmers too! If you buy them at Costco or Sam’s Club, you can get a lot of them cheaply.
  • Keep money from sales safe and out of sight.
  • Bring lots of change for cash sales with you. Girls can wear aprons and keep small bills in pockets to make change for sales. Large bills can be given to adult volunteers. (GSCO recommends that Girl Scouts not accept bills larger than $20. Most counterfeit bills are $50 bills)
  • Have the girls make signs about their troop cookie goals and Hometown Heroes to have at their booths. The signage attracts interest and gets people talking. Customers want to know what troops are doing with cookie proceeds and in their communities. Girls are more likely to make sales if their customers know they have goals and a cause (they support) like Hometown Heroes, Gift of Caring, or a community service/ Take Action  project.
  • Use the Booth Sale Tally sheet to track everything you bring with you to the booth, including how much money in change to start. The girls “tally” along the way and track their donations here, too, for their HTH sales.
  • Bring a printed copy of your booth confirmation with you in case a store manager asks for it or there’s a mix-up with another troop about booth locations (i.e. both troops have a booth at King Soopers, but at two different locations.)
  • Greet the troop at the booth sale (in the timeslot before you) with a friendly “Hello!” and ask them how their sales have been. Ask them other questions and share goals and stories. Arrive 10 minutes early to slowly “slide” in behind the other troop and work with them on the transition!
  • If you are the first to arrive at a booth, check in with the store manager. If you are the last booth to leave the store, go in and thank the manager on duty before leaving.
  • Don’t have too many girls at the booth. Three girls at a time is a best practice – one to promote, one to make the sale, and one to restock and give customers cookies. (large troops could split up a booth sale into shifts, to give more girls an opportunity to sell.)
  • Let the girls make mistakes, and only be there as back-up support. Too many times, leaders are the ones making the sales, so the girls are not getting the full cookie selling experience.
  • Adults are coaches too! Before going to a cookie booth, have the girls make up a jingle. When girls start to get a little tired or there’s a lull at the booth, have the girls sing their jingle – it will boost their energy and re-focus their attention.

It also makes a big difference to girls to have family support. Practice making change, answering questions about cookies, talking about troop goals, making the ask, and thanking customers – with a member of your family. This helps girls be more comfortable and confident when they’re at cookie booths or going door-to-door.

If you would like to support your Girl Scout in this way, but aren’t sure where to start, here’s a link to guidelines for Cookie Entrepreneur Family pins (two page fliers you can download) that will outline the “how-to’s” of getting them started with learning the 5 Skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

 

 

 

My Dad rocks

Submitted by Eric Carrico

Metro Denver

Thornton

Let me tell you how my dad rocks. He went door-to-door with both my sister and I on Super Bowl Sunday and made sure we both met our goal to sell more than 50 packages to earn the special Super Bowl patch. He helps us make sales at work and in the neighborhood. He teaches us math and money management, so it isn’t just about selling cookies. Our dad rocks because he supports us and our goals. We love our Dad.

We both love Girl Scouts. We love to earn patches and participate in activities. We LOVE selling cookies and meeting new friends. Girl Scouts teach us so much and we love 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.