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Tips for wrapping-up a successful Fall Product Program

The Fall Product Program ends Monday, October 28, 2019 MST. Here are some tips for girls, troop fall product managers, and service unit fall product managers to successfully wrap-up the program.

Girls and troops

There is still time to get those last orders in to help a girl reach her goal.

Here are some tips to reach online reward criteria: *

Magazine Store – Magazines have no shipping cost and make great holiday gifts for friends and family. There are hundreds of diverse options at reasonable prices to choose from. The troop earns 13% of magazine subscriptions!

Care to Share has no shipping cost and goes directly to the military to show our appreciation for all they do. Troops earn $1 back in proceeds for every Care to Share donation.

Nuts and Candy – Direct Ship – Sweet and savory treats make great gifts for teachers, neighbors, friends, and family and help troops fund adventures and activities throughout the year. Troops earn $1 back in proceeds for every item sold.

*The avatar patch and S’mores Club rewards are based on items sold online during the Fall Product Program. With $350 troop online sales, the troop receives an early booth selection for the 2020 Cookie Program.

Volunteer tips for close-out and support

Troop fall product managers, please refresh yourself on the troop training video that covers avatars, rewards, reports, and close-out processes. Cue the video to 5:50 minutes, to jump to the close out process. Click here to go to the M2 troop training video.

Be sure to pull reports, download and/or print and save! You want to be able to refer to reports after the program close-out. See specifics about reports in the training video and listed in this article below.

TFPMs

  • Make sure all girls have an address in for their avatar if they earned it.
  • Check that girls have made reward selections. Contact parents/caregivers of girls who haven’t and ask them to make the selections.
  • Download and/or print delivery tickets so you are ready when it’s time to pick up product from the SUFPM. You will find the delivery tickets report on your dashboard under “Product Management.”
    • Product will arrive to the SUFPM by November 12 if not sooner
  • On your dashboard under “Financials and Reporting,” you’ll find the “Banking and Payments” report, which breaks down all sales and payments received. The “Troop Summary” report will show all sales, money owed for product and troop proceeds.
  • Pull reports, download, print and save for Annual Troop Reports in May/June.

SUFPMs

  • Check the records of all troops in your service unit to see what troops are still needing help. Send out an email blast with reminders to troops and offer your support.
  • Don’t forget to create your own Avatar patch, you’ve earned it!
  • The M2 system is set up for the parents/girl to make reward selections, and for TFPM to alert parents/girl if selections are missing. SUFPM’s cannot make reward selections. Instead, reach out to TFPM’s.
  • Reports will show you everything that is happening in your service unit. If you see that a troop needs to complete information or steps in the M2 system before close-out, please contact them and offer your support.
  • Go to “Financials and Reporting” on your dashboard. Under the “Special Reports” tab is where you will find your troop information for products and girl rewards.
  • Download and/or print delivery tickets so you are ready to distribute sorted products when it’s time for troops to pick-up items for girl delivery. You will find the delivery tickets report on your dashboard under “Product Management.”

Troop and service unit fall product managers will have a few days after Monday, October 28 to close out.

Need assistance with the M2 system? Contact M2’s Customer Care team at 1-800-372- 8520 or email them at question@gsnutsandmags.com.

2019 Fall Product Program volunteers and girls: Congratulations on a great start

Submitted by Shannon Calhoun, GSCO Service Unit Fall Product Manager

Metro Denver

Denver

The 2019 Fall Product Program is humming along! Sunday, October 13 at 8 p.m. MST is the last day for Nut Promise (girl delivery) and the in-person paper nut card sales. Direct shipped nut and candy purchases, and magazines subscription sales, are open until October 28 at 8 p.m. MST.

Here are a few things to keep in mind at this stage of the program:

  • Parents or troop fall product program managers may enter the Paper Nut Card Orders in the Girl Scouts’ online platform under the ‘Manage Paper Orders’ tab. Parents can enter these orders until 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 13.
  • Parents – In-Person/Nut Card Orders can be converted to online orders by entering them as a regular nut promise order (through the girl’s storefront) before Sunday, October 13 at 8 p.m., and paying for them with a credit card. Please remember to keep the Nut Card to know where orders go if you convert orders.
  • Parents can only use the ‘online’ work around method before the girl delivered online system closes Sunday at 8 p.m. MST.
  • TFPM’s have access to enter or edit Paper Nut Card Orders only until Tuesday, October 15 at 8 p.m. MST. After this time no paper Nut Card Orders can be added.
  • TFPM’s – Collect money from parents and deposit the required funds from nut promise/in-person orders into your troop account ASAP.
  • TFPM’s – Please let your troop families know about these deadline dates now!

Remember Fall Product Program continues until October 28, 2019! Customers can still purchase goodies from the Nut Convenience and Candy Store and have them direct shipped. There are even more products to choose from in the Nut Convenience store (then there were on the paper order card), and the sweets and treats available make great holiday gifts, especially for out-of-town friends and family. Troops earn $1 in proceeds for every nut and candy item sold.

Subscriptions can also be purchased through the Magazine Store until Monday, October 28 at 8 p.m. MST. The Magazine Store has hundreds of options for a diverse range of interests and ages at very reasonable prices and there are no additional charges for shipping. Remember that troops earn 13% of magazine subscriptions.

Encourage your Girl Scouts to follow-up with their customers now by sending them the information they need to know to purchase nuts, candy, or magazines through the girls’ online storefront – especially if the girls still need to meet the qualifications for the avatar patch or S’mores Club!

Good luck to everyone participating – Let’s make the 2019 Fall Product Program the best one yet!

Shannon Calhoun is a service unit fall product manager in Denver, and the mother of a Juliette. She shared other tips for parents, volunteers, and girls in a GSCO Facebook Live interview on September 11. To watch the video, click here.

 

 

 

 

Enter a drawing to win a giant plush rhino

M2 and Trophy Nut, our Fall Product Program vendors, chose the Northern white rhinos as our 2019 mascot because they are nearly extinct, but there are also highly innovative ways that scientists and conservationists are working to preserve the species. Knowing that Girl Scouts are the leaders of today and tomorrow, the vendors wanted to appeal to girls who may join the efforts to save the rhinos and other endangered species.

As part of the qualifications for the giant rhino drawing, we’re asking Girl Scouts to do some online research. 

First, did you know that there are endangered species in Colorado? When you go to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website, you can see a list of endangered or threatened species in our state, region and in the United States. 

Second, find out more about organizations and people in Colorado who rescue animals and offer them a safe place to stay. It could be a place that rescues injured wildlife or takes care of wild animals or farm animals or pets that have been mistreated or abandoned. After you do your research, answer the questions on this entry form, and tell us a little bit about what you found out.

Every girl who enters and completes all the steps will earn a fun patch. Drawings for the giant rhino will take place on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

Note: We are not able to ship the giant plush rhino. The winner must pick-up the rhino from the closest GSCO office.

To qualify for entering the rhino drawing:

  1. Girls must sell more than $625 in combined sales during the 2019 Fall Product Program.
  2. Girls must look for the endangered species on the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.
  3. Girls must search online for places that are animal rescues, refuges, or shelters in the state of Colorado.
  4. Girls must answer questions on the entry form: https://girlscoutsofcolorado.formstack.com/forms/rhino_contest_2019
  5. Submit form by the deadline:  Monday, December 2, 2019.

Questions? Call Girl Scouts of Colorado customer care at 877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org

Next steps to meet your Fall Product Program goals

Join the GSCO Product Program team for a Facebook LIVE event on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at noon! We’ll have tips for girls/parents and volunteers on wrapping up in-person delivery orders and next steps for promoting direct-shipped online nut, candy, and magazine orders. Fall Product Program runs until October 28. There’s still time for girls to earn the personalized patch and meet their other goals!

Two mini-videos are also coming out this week: How to Create/Update Avatar and Select Rewards – and – How to Enter In-person Orders. Links to the videos and other resources will be shared during the broadcast. Check the description box for links and resources.

If you miss the live broadcast, you can watch the video on our Facebook page and share it with other volunteers. Go to the videos tab and look for the 2019 Fall Product Program playlist.

Reach your goals with Fall Product Program and earn cool rewards

GSCO asked Girl Scout Cadette Charlotte H. of Highlands Ranch to tell us about her experience participating in Fall Product Program (nuts, candy, and magazine sales). In addition to participating in Fall Product Program, Charlotte is also a Top Cookie CEO and competitive gymnast. Here’s what she had to say:

How many years have you participated in Fall Product Program?

This is my fourth year participating in Fall Product Program.

Do you like creating an avatar that looks like you?

Yes, I like creating an avatar because I like the opportunity to earn a badge that looks like me!

What do you like about having an online storefront?

I like the online storefront because it’s a way to keep my sales organized and stay on track for hitting my goal.

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

My advice for someone doing Fall Product Program the first time is to try and find new customers, so you aren’t asking the people that buy cookies.  I find creative ways to reach new customers, and then I convert them to cookie customers! In addition to emailing friends/family, I go door-to-door in a new neighborhood. This way I get new customers. I always get their phone number and email so that I can deliver the product. When I deliver the product, I include a thank you card reminding the customer cookie sales will be in the winter and then follow up with them during cookie season.

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

My personal favorite is the Peanut Butter Monkeys.

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

Fall Product Program has helped our troop earn money early in the school year. We have used proceeds to help us have a holiday party.

What’s the coolest reward that you have earned?

The coolest prize I’ve earned was a cookie cart. I use it every cookie season!

Fall Product Program helps girls learn and practice valuable business skills. On the M2 platform, girls can create their personalized avatar, customize messaging to friends, family and other customers, and set and track their goals. Girls earn rewards and troops earn proceeds that they use to fund activities, special events, projects, camp outs or other adventures!

You’ll find M2 log-in instructions, a troop and Juliette guide, and an order card that shows all girl rewards on the Fall Product Program page of our website. Fall Product Program runs until October 28.

If you have questions or need assistance, contact GSCO customer care at inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Meet the mascots for the 2019 Fall Product Program

Meet Rita and Razina, the Northern white rhino mascots for the 2019 Fall Product Program! Rita, which means “child of light, brave and honest,” is the smaller rhino. Razina, which means “strong and patient,” is the larger rhino. The rhinos are among the rewards for the 2019 Fall Product Program. Rita rhino is earned at the $325 level, and Razina rhino at $725.

To see all 2019 Fall Product Program girl rewards, check out the order card posted on the GSCO website. Remember all rewards are cumulative.

Facts about Northern White Rhinos:

  • The white rhino lives in Africa, in long and short-grass savannahs.
  • White rhinos are grazers. Its wide, square upper lip is adapted for feeding on grasses.
  • White rhinos can live to be 50 years of age.
  • White rhinos have three toes on each foot.
  • White rhinos are grey, not white. White rhinoceros is taken from the Afrikaans word describing its mouth: “wyd,” meaning “wide.” Early English settlers misinterpreted the “wyd” for “white.”
  • There are two subspecies of white rhinos – the southern white rhino and northern white rhino.
  • There are only two northern white rhinos now in existence, Nijan and Fatu, a mother and daughter.
  • A team of conservationists is hopeful they can use in-vitro fertilization to preserve the species.

The Fall Product Program vendors, M2 and Trophy Nut, chose the Northern white rhinos because they are nearly extinct, but there are also highly innovative ways scientists and conservationists are working to preserve the species. Knowing Girl Scouts are the leaders of today and tomorrow, the vendors wanted to appeal to girls who could join the efforts to save the rhinos, and other endangered species.

To learn more facts about rhinos and the initiative to save the Northern white rhinos, click here.

Nijan and Fatu, the nearly extinct northern white rhinos, live at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, Africa.

You can also visit the San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research where their initiative is to save the rhinos through Reproductive Sciences, Conservation Genetics and using the Frozen Zoo Resources.

CBS News feature about the Northern white rhinos

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.

 

Earn a custom avatar patch and support your service projects with the Fall Product Program

GSCO asked Girl Scout Cadette Peyton B. of the Pikes Peak region to tell us about her experience participating in the Fall Product Program for the past four years. She enjoys “designing patches” and really likes creating her Me2 avatar that looks like her – “It is fun seeing my avatar on my patch.”

Here’s what she else she had to say:

What do you like about having an online storefront?

I like having an online storefront because it makes it easy to reach out to family and friends that may not live in my area. The online storefront is fun to use because it has online games that help you learn about Girl Scouts and the Fall Product Program.

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

If it is your first time participating, I would recommend reaching out to family and friends as soon as possible via phone and email. This will allow them as much time as possible to get their orders in.

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

My customers like the Salted Caramel Chocolate and Spicy Cajun Trail mix the best.

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

My troop uses the Fall Product proceeds to fund service projects.

What’s the coolest reward that you have earned?

The coolest reward that I have earned is the avatar patch.

 Fall Product Program helps girls learn and practice valuable business skills. On the M2 platform, girls can create their personalized avatar, customize messaging to friends, family, and other customers, and set and track their goals. Girls earn rewards and troops earn proceeds that they use to fund activities, special events, projects, camp outs, or other adventures!

You’ll find M2 log-in instructions, a troop and Juliette guide, and an order card that shows all girl rewards on the Fall Product Program page of the GSCO website.

The 2019 Fall Product Program started September 21 and runs until October 28. If you have questions or need assistance, contact GSCO customer care at inquiry@gscolorado.org.

 

Support your Girl Scout during Fall Product Program

 

 

 

The 2019 Fall Product Program began Saturday, September 21. Participating in the Fall Product Program is a positive learning experience that allows girls to utilize and learn the 5 Skills for girls while in Girl Scouts. Through the Fall Product Program, Girl Scouts earn troop proceeds they can use to participate in Girl Scout activities such as earning badges, camping, taking trips, and more! Girls also earn rewards and Cookie Credits. Your support of her participation in the Fall Product Program helps her learn from the experience, have fun, and earn rewards!

Here are a few ways to support your Girl Scout:

Help your Girl Scout throughout the program. Guide her to set practical goals, listen to her practice her sales pitch, and help her set up her online M2 storefront, including creating an avatar that looks just like her! She may need your help with sending emails to friends and family as well. You can access the M2 Fall Product Program platform at www.gsnutsandmags.com/gsco to get started.

Make sure your girl has a current GSCO membership. Check with your troop fall product manager or troop leader to make sure your Girl Scout is registered for the 2019-20 membership year.

  • If your Girl Scout needs a membership, please go to join to renew her membership for the 2019 – 2020 year, please click here or call GSCO Customer Care at 1-877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Agree to the requirements. A permission slip must be completed by caregivers and turned into the troop fall product manager. This slip acknowledges your responsibility for products and money. You must fill out the permission slip to receive the order card and materials needed for your girl to participate.

Adhere to deadlines. Order card orders must be entered in the M2OS system on October 13 or turned in to your troop fall product manager by October 12. All money due for the products ordered and received must be paid by the troop deadline.

Protect the products and money. Help your girl collect money at the time the order is placed. Once you sign for products received, you assume responsibility for the product itself and its value. It is the caregiver’s responsibility to collect payment from customers, and funds are due in full to the troop fall product manager by the troop’s deadline.

Need more information? Go to the Fall Product Program page on our website: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/fall-product-program.html

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.

2019 Fall Product Program kicks off September 21

Girl Scouts of Colorado is kicking off another amazing Girl Scout year with the Fall Product Program. Your Girl Scout can earn a personalized patch with her name and Me2 avatar on it, while her troop earns 13% of magazine sales and $1.00 for each nut/candy item sold. Participating is easy to do, so get started today!

Beginning Saturday, September 21, 2019 you can go to: www.gsnutsandmags.com/gsco and follow the prompts to participate. Please note that if your girl is a Juliette, her troop number will be her service unit 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.

Watch the training video. It will walk you through how to do everything in the M2 system!

If your Girl Scout is not a current member, please go to join now. To renew her membership for the 2019 – 2020 year, please click here or call GSCO Customer Care at 1-877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Create a Me2 Avatar: Your girl can create her own Me2 Avatar to look just like her. As she moves through the online set up creating her personalized storefront, she earns virtual rewards that she can view in her Me2 Avatar’s room.

Launch Your Campaign: Once the storefront is set up, simply send emails to friends and family inviting them to support your Girl Scout. Your girl can increase her sales by sharing on social media, too!

Visit Your Campaign Headquarters: Check your Girl Scout’s campaign headquarters to learn more about the cool reward items she can earn. The in-person and Nut Promise portion of Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Fall Program ends October 13. Online program ends on October 28, so get started early to give family and friends plenty of time to support you.

If you have any questions, please contact M2 Media Group’s Customer Care at question@gsnutsandmags.com or (800) 372-8520.

GSCO Connections: September 2019

Be the difference! Participate in the 2019 Fall Product Program!

The Girl Scout Fall Product Program is a great way earn start-up money for the Girl Scout year. The Fall Product Program helps girls learn 5 Skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. It’s also a great way for your family and friends to renew their favorite magazines and order delicious nuts and chocolates that make great holiday gifts!

The Fall Product Program starts September 21. In-person and Nut Promise sales will run through October 13. Online sales end October 28. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/item for nuts and chocolates.

Girls earn rewards based on their participation in the Fall Product Program and have the option of choosing Cookie Credits as rewards too.  Girls who sell $175 in online orders, girls can also earn a personalized avatar patch!

S’mores Club is back!

Our popular S’mores Club is back with new rewards! Girls and adult volunteers who rock both the 2019 Fall Product and 2020 Cookie programs will receive a special personalized patch and an exclusive hoodie and duffle bag!

Learn more

Earn your Trail Adventure badge

Pack your day pack, put on your sunscreen, and join fellow Girl Scouts for a trail adventure! September is the perfect time to check out the trails in Colorado with your family or your troop and complete some of the requirements for the new Trail Adventure badge. These badges are part of the 12 new Outdoor High Adventure badges, designed for girls to explore nature and experience exciting outdoor adventures — giving them the confidence to support one another, take healthy risks, and spend dedicated time in nature.

Join us in September for some fun on the trail with your troop or family! Register for this free event through our events page.

Girl Scout Cyber Challenge: Register Now

Saturday, October 19, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Arapahoe Community College, Littleton

Brought to you by Raytheon, Girl Scouts in grades 6-12 are invited to detect, decode, and defend! This full-day, scenario-based competition will engage 200+ girls in grades 6–12 in a series of cybersecurity challenges on topics such as cryptography, forensics, social engineering, and ethics. A futuristic scenario — a  moon colony has been hacked — will be presented and girls will be prompted to respond. They’ll learn cybersecurity skills and team up to identify the hackers, trace the origin of the cyberattack, and secure the colony’s safety.

Come back for more camp memories in 2020

We had an amazing camp season! Girls sang songs around the campfire, challenged themselves to try new things, explored outdoors and created memories to last a lifetime. Be sure to join us for summer 2020 for another chance to make lasting memories. Registration opens January 23.

Learn more

Upcoming Events

We have lots of fun events planned that you can enjoy with your family, friends, or your troop! Invite a non-Girl Scout friend to any of these events and show her how fun Girl Scouts can be. Check the events calendar for more exciting events in your community.

Girl Scout Night with the Rocky Mountain Vibes

September 6, Colorado Springs

Girl Scouts of all ages, their family, and friends are invited to cheer on the Rocky Mountain Vibes as they take on the Grand Junction Rockies! Game Highlight: Friday Night Fireworks! Tickets are $16 and include a game ticket, meal voucher, unlimited youth fun zone passes, and parking.

Xcel Energy Day of Service

September 7, Lakewood

Girl Scouts in grades K-6 are invited to spend the morning with Xcel Energy employees to unravel energy mysteries. During the morning you will also participate in a service project as a way to help others in your community. It will be a special day of learning and caring, designed just for Girl Scouts, during Xcel Energy’s annual Day of Service.

Girl Scout Day at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

September 14, Glenwood Springs

Discounted tickets at $29 per person.

Meadow Mountain Ranch Open House

September 22, Allenspark

Join us for our third annual open house at Meadow Mountain Ranch! Activities include s’mores, hike the MMR Nature Trail, hear from Songbirds Choir, meet GECCCOs, self-guided property tour, visit Homestead House and displays from the GSCO History Committee, and check out the mobile shop with brand new MMR merchandise. Event is free and open to the public!

Careers in Construction with G.E. Johnson

September 28, Colorado Springs

Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors are invited to learn about construction careers, work as a team to build a community library book stand that can be placed in your community, and participate in a behind-the-scenes construction tour at the U.S. Olympic Museum.

Women of Distinction – Denver

October 30, Denver

New location for 2019 the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. Girl Scouts of Colorado honors top women leaders in our community as Girl Scout Women of Distinction. These women have reached remarkable levels of achievement as business, community, and civic leaders.

Secrets to Success

November 9, Colorado Springs

What is your Secret to Success? Girls will have the unique opportunity to ask that question and many more of top local women leaders at the 2019 Secrets to Success event. Girl Scouts of Colorado believes every girl has the power to become what she dreams to be. Any girl in grades 6– 12 is invited to Secrets to Success.