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Smart Cookie: March 9, 2020

2020 Cookie Program ends

It’s the end of another amazing Girl Scout Cookie Program in Colorado. Thank you for guiding girls to success! Please take a moment to reflect on everything your Girl Scouts have accomplished. Whether she’s a quiet girl summoning the courage to ask a new customer to support her, or she’s a seasoned entrepreneur pushing herself to go beyond her goals, she practiced real-life business skills that will lead her to accomplish much in life. She couldn’t do it without you and the supportive adults in her life – pat yourselves on the back as well.

Hometown Hero cookies

If you need additional Hometown Hero cookies, first check with other troops in your area to see if they have inventory to transfer. The last day to pick up Hometown Hero cookies from cupboards is March 12. Remember, all transactions (troop-to-troop transfers or cupboard orders) will need to be placed by Tuesday, as troops need to close-out in eBudde by March 10. The deadline to deliver Hometown Hero cookies is June 28.

Don’t forget to share photos of your Hometown Hero deliveries with us! We love seeing your girls in action, sharing their hard work, and putting smiles on their Hometown Heroes’ faces. If you would like to invite the media to witness you deliver cookies to your Hometown Hero, please contact Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

eBudde Closeout

Troops will be *locked out of eBudde at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10. Before the deadline, allocate all cookies to the girls in your troop, enter and verify all transactions, and submit the final reward order.* You will still be able to see everything in eBudde after the lock-out, like the sales report and girl reward selections, though it’s a good idea to print the sales report and reward choices for your records. You can also continue to add cookie payments in eBudde, but you can’t change cookie allocations.

Need a refresher about how to proceed with your eBudde closeout? Check out our video for a how to demonstration of the steps.

If you have any questions about cookie closeouts, please reach out to the service unit cookie manager in your area. Don’t know who that is? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Money Problem Reports

Money problem reports are due by March 13 at 5 p.m. The ACH debit of funds to council will occur on March 18.

Celebrate Girl Scout Week

Whether you’re a Girl Scout alum, girl member, dedicated volunteer, supporter, or simply have an extraordinary Girl Scout in your life, you’re an important part of the Girl Scout family. And you know what families do together? Celebrate! Girl Scout Week 2020 is Sunday, March 8, through Saturday, March 14. In addition to celebrating with your Girl Scout sisters, invite the community to join in!

Celebrate each day of Girl Scout Week using our special calendar.

Let us know you earned the Uniform to Uniform patch

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 is the last day to let GSCO know that you earned the Uniform to Uniform patch during the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Important Dates

March 10

Troops will be locked out of eBudde at 11:59 p.m. TCMs can still see all information in eBudde but will not be able to change any information after the deadline.

  • Make sure all cookies are allocated, and all girl rewards are selected. Print a copy of the sales report and girl reward selections.

March 12

Last day to pick up Hometown Hero cookies from a cupboard.

March 13

Deadline to submit a Money Problem Report.

March 18

ACH debit occurs for total amount owed to council.

April 15

Cookie Credits begin being mailed directly to girls.

April 22

Cookie rewards begin to ship to service unit cookie managers.

April 30

Last day to sell excess inventory.

Smart Cookie: March 2, 2020

Our girl entrepreneurs and our supportive volunteers are wrapping up the Girl Scout Cookie Program for the season. It’s been a great program! Thank you for the hard work, long hours, and endless enthusiasm you bring to supporting Girl Scouts during the cookie program and throughout the year.

Check in with  girls and families to make sure they don’t have excess inventory. You can always redistribute extra cookies to girls in your troop who have a booth coming up or offer the cookies to other troops on the Cookie Exchange in eBudde. If you need additional inventory to fill orders or for final booths, check with troops in your service unit first for troop-to-troop transfers.

Hometown Hero Booths

At this point in the program, many customers have already purchased cookies, but generous Coloradans are happy to support your Hometown Hero if you ask. Set up cookie booths this week as Hometown Hero booths.

Make a poster with images and facts about your HTH organization, and when folks walk by your booth ask, “Would you like to purchase a package of Girl Scout Cookies for our Hometown Hero?” Tell them how many packages you’re hoping to collect and explain more about your hero and what they do.

Earn the Uniform to Uniform patch

Invite local uniformed personnel, such as law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs, etc., to visit you during your My Sale or Council Booth sale. What a great opportunity to spread the word about your Hometown Hero or the Gift of Caring program and be sure to take a group photo. Afterwards, upload your photo(s) and story using the Share Your Stories form on the GSCO Blog. The best photos and stories will be shared on the GSCO Blog and social media networks. To claim your patch, complete our online form no later than Friday, March 13, 2020.

Celebrate Girl Scout Week

Whether you’re a Girl Scout alum, girl member, dedicated volunteer, supporter, or simply have an extraordinary Girl Scout in your life, you’re an important part of the Girl Scout family. And you know what families do together? Celebrate! Girl Scout Week 2020 is Sunday, March 8, through Saturday, March 14. In addition to celebrating with your Girl Scout sisters, invite the community to join in! Celebrate each day of Girl Scout Week using our special calendar.

Cookie Program wrap-up

Allocate cookies: Make sure all the cookies in your troop’s inventory are allocated to girls in your troop. There should be no cookies in the troop cupboard that are not allocated to girls in the troop.

  • Need assistance? Look for  “how-to” short videos and recorded live webinars on our GSCO Facebook page/videos and YouTube page, to help answer questions you have. You can also check-in with your service unit cookie manager.

Select Girl Rewards: Once everything is allocated, remind your girls to select their rewards.

Reward orders are due in eBudde by 8 p.m. March 12. If you have girls who do not make reward selections by the deadline, choose the item instead of Cookie Credits. If later the girl wants the Cookie Credits instead, it’s easier for GSCO to make the change. Don’t forget, girls have the option of holding Cookie Credits at council to be applied to summer camp fees.

Money problem reporting: Money Problem Reports are due by 5 p.m. on March 13. To file, you’ll need the total amount of uncollected debt, the basic contact information for the person responsible for the debt, and a description of the situation and supporting documentation. To access the form, click here.

eBudde 101 – Program Closeout Webinars
Tips, best practices and the steps to take to close out the cookie program in eBudde will be covered. Time will be reserved at the end for a Q and A session. Great overview for new TCMs, review for more experienced TCMs! To register, click on links below.

Thursday, March 5

Friday, March 6

Upcoming Events

March 8:

Cookie Program ends.

March 10

Troops will be locked out of eBudde at 11:59 p.m. TCMs can still see all information in eBudde but will not be able to change any information after the deadline.

  • Make sure all cookies are allocated, and all girl rewards are selected. Print a copy of the sales report and girl reward selections.

March 12

Last day to pick up Hometown Hero cookies from a cupboard.

March 13

Deadline to submit a Money Problem Report.

March 18

ACH debit occurs for total amount owed to council.

April 15

Cookie Credits begin being mailed directly to girls.

April 22

Cookie rewards begin to ship to service unit cookie managers.

April 30

Last day to sell excess inventory.


My dad is the best Cookie Dad

Submitted by Brianna

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

My dad is the best Cookie Dad ever! He has been helping me and my troop reach our Girl Scout Cookie goals for four years! Even though he’s in the military and often gone, he’s always been there for me during cookie season. He can set up a booth in three minutes flat and break it down just as fast! He comes up with cookies songs, dances, and selling strategies for us. He helps me make selling signs and can carry six cases of cookies at one time! He’s at almost all of my cookie booths and we do a LOT of them. It doesn’t matter if it is raining, freezing, snowing, or if he has to wear a cookie costume, he’s there, helping me sell cookies and encouraging me to reach my cookie goal. I’m so proud that he’s my dad! ~Brianna (9 years old)

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. 

My Cookie Dad, My #1 Fan

Submitted by Tracy E.

Pikes Peak

Canon City

My name is Mackenzie and this is my second year in Girl Scout Troop 46325. Last year, I set my cookie goal at 1,000 packages. Thanks to my dad’s help and support, I passed my goal. So this year, I set my goal to 2,000 packages. I am half way there thanks to my awesome Cookie Dad. My dad takes me to family and friends houses, businesses, helps me get special booths, and takes me door-to-door. He pushes me to do better and helps me work hard to reach my goals in Girl Scouts, 4H, school, and everywhere else in life. I have the best Cookie Dad and I am lucky to have him. If everyone had a dad like mine, the world would be a better place.

I like to set my goals high to show everyone that through hard work and believing in yourself, anything is possible. Girl Scouts helps me do that in all areas of life. Girl Scouts has helped me find my voice, break out of my shell, and experience news things that I couldn’t before.

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. 

Our Cookie Dad is always willing to help out

 

Submitted by Dinah Campbell

Pikes Peak

Peyton

Ella’s dad is a truck driver and gone most of the week, but on the weekends he is home. During cookie season, he is helping out, even when he could be home resting. He helps get cookies, helps load booth supplies, and takes Ella out selling around the neighborhood. This year, they went out selling after a blizzard and used a sled to transport the cookies door-to-door.

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. 

Our Cookie Dad

Submitted by Kristi Howard

Metro Denver

Littleton

Ashlyn’s dad, Matt H., is amazing! He goes to all the booths with his daughter, is willing to pick up extra booths, encourages other dads to participate, and helps me, the TCM, anyway he can. Matt makes cookie season fun for everyone!

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. 

While dad is deployed, uncle steps up

Submitted by Maria Casaverde Marin

Metro Denver

Denver

Francesca’s dad, Kenny, is one of her biggest cookie sales supporters. Every year since her first year in Girl Scouts, he has helped her with booths and door-to-door sales in Denver, although he lived in Colorado Springs.

Kenny is a staff sergeant for the Air Force, and is currently deployed to South Korea.

Our troop tries to make the Girl Scout Cookie business a family affair and we hand out special patches when a dad helps their daughter with her sales.

Francesca was disappointed that she might not be able to earn this patch this year, but her uncle stepped up to help her with booths when she heard her story.

She now keeps a yellow ribbon on her vest to remember dad during cookie sales and is very grateful for uncles and family who step up to fill in while she waits for dad to come back safe.

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. 

Cookie Dad rocks cookie pick-up

Submitted by Elaina H.

Pueblo & Southeastern CO

Pueblo

Not only did my dad go to the day of pick-up with my grandma’s truck and trailer to get all my troop’s first cookie order, once we got them to our house, he helped unload and separate all the cookies and helped load the cookies into the girls’ cars once they came to pick up their cookies.

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. 

My awesome Cookie Dad

Submitted by Abigail R.

Metro Denver

Castle Rock

My name is Abigail and I have been selling Girl Scout Cookies for six years! My dad was my very first customer six years ago and he still helps me sell cookies all these years later. We go to booths together and he helps me reach my big goal.

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. 

Best Cookie Dad

Submitted by Gianna Villarreal

Metro Denver

Highlands Ranch

My dad is the best Girl Scout Cookie Dad because he has helped me learn how to talk to customers, count money, and reach my cookie selling goal. He joined me for three cookie booths, around the block with my little wagon (he helped me decorate), and he even took cookies to work! He is patient, loving, and amazing! He goes to my Girl Scout meetings and all of our events without even thinking twice about it. I love my dad with all my heart.

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.