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Find a Golden Ticket at GSCO Cookie Cupboards


New Incentive for Troops and Juliettes!

On Friday, February 26, 2021, select Cookie Cupboards around the state, will have golden, silver, and bronze tickets hidden in cases of cookies. Troops, who find tickets in a case of cookies in their cupboard order, will receive additional proceeds. Juliettes will receive Cookie Credits!

  • Golden Tickets– $100 troop proceeds
  • Silver Tickets– $50 troop proceeds
  • Bronze Tickets– $25 troop proceeds

To redeem a golden, silver, or bronze ticket, troop volunteers or Juliette caregivers, who find a ticket in their Cookie Cupboard order, need to:

  • Scan the QR code on their ticket.
  • Complete the form.
  • Upload a photo of themselves with the case of cookies and the winning ticket.

Friday, March 26, is the deadline to submit the form to redeem the winning tickets found at cupboards. Late submissions will NOT be accepted.

72-hour Lead Time on Cupboard Orders is Lifted

Many Cookie Cupboards across the state have agreed to stay open for two more weeks and starting Thursday, February 25, Cookie Cupboards are no longer required to adhere to the 72-hour lead time.

  • Be sure to refer to each cupboard notes section in eBudde to see what their lead time requirements are and their cupboard hours of availability.
  • Cupboards will still require volunteers to choose a pick-up time. Doing so is the best way to manage the number of people picking up orders from a cupboard at a time and adhere to safety guidelines.
  • People picking up cookies from cupboards need an eBudde password.

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.

2021 Best Cookie Video contest: The Winners are…

Thank you to all the Girl Scouts who entered this year’s contest for Best Cookie Video! We received nearly two dozen entries from across Colorado and are so impressed by your creativity and enthusiasm.

Third Place- 50 Cookie Credits

Girl Scout Maible from Longmont plans to use her winnings to support her troop in some way, either with Girl Scout activities or buying badges or patches.

My biggest wish is to collect lots of donations for my Hometown Hero, Our Center food bank in Longmont. I learned about food insecurity this year. We donated cookies to Our Center last year, and the people there told us the cookies were nice treats during the pandemic. I want to help brighten the days of those people who need food from Our Center. A box of cookies is a special treat, and everyone deserves a treat!”

Second Place- 100 Cookie Credits

Girl Scout Clemmer from Highlands Ranch plans to use her winnings to go to Girl Scout Camp.

“I love music and performing almost as much as I love Girl Scouts! Every year I try to come up with a way to use music as part of the Cookie Program. I’m hoping to sell 1,000 packages this year!”

First Place- 200 Cookie Credits

It was just too close to call, so we declared a tie!

Both Matilda from Denver and Adalyn from the Pikes Peak region plan to use their Cookie Credits to go to camp!

“I am a Girl Scout Brownie and a third grader. I’ve sold Girl Scout Cookies for four years, and it’s one of my favorite parts of the Girl Scout year. I like telling people about cookies and seeing how happy everyone is when they get theirs. My mom, Nana, and my mom’s Nana were all Girl Scouts, and I love being a Girl Scout, too. In Girl Scouts, I got to compete in a racing derby, organize a trash clean up event for my Take Action project, have fun with my friends, and I can’t wait to go to Girl Scout Camp.” – Matilda

 “She has been working hard by staying safe! She has posted flyers throughout our neighborhood, made videos, and also hosts bi-nightly virtual cookie booths. She also stays safe by wearing custom masks and gloves she helped me make, she is constantly sanitizing, and keeps a safe distance. She has also done more than 50 porch drop-offs.” – Kendra, Adalyn’s mom

 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.

The Winners of the 2021 “Showcase Your Safety” Photo Challenge are…

Thank you to all of the Girl Scouts who entered the 2021 “Showcase Your Safety” Photo Challenge! We received more than a dozen entries from all across Colorado and are so impressed by your creativity and enthusiasm. Congratulations to the winners!

Third Place: 50 Cookie Credits

Because the votes were so close, there was a tie! Both of the Girl Scouts who submitted these photos plan to use their Cookie Credits to go to Girl Scout Camp.

Second Place: 100 Cookie Credits

This photo was submitted by Maddie G. of Grand Junction. Her troop is saving for a big trip to Peru and she would like to use her Cookie Credits for that trip.

Winner: 200 Cookie Credits

Nellie from the Metro Denver region plans to apply her Cookie Credits toward a trip to Europe in 2022, where she will visit two Girl Scout World Centers. She has been saving for three cookie seasons and working hard to reach her goals.

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.

Smart Cookie: February 22, 2021

Girl Scouts were out in abundance selling cookies across the state this past weekend, showcasing their innovative booth setups, safety, and stellar customer service skills!

Girl Scouts of Colorado CEO Leanna Clark visited cookie booths this weekend and congratulated hard-working Girl Scouts with Booth Excellence patches and her special CEO patch!

Gift of Caring and Hometown Heroes

Gift of Caring

Girl Scouts striving to meet their cookie goals can make the most of Gift of Caring and Hometown Heroes donations by making the ask! Customers who have already purchased cookies are happy to donate a few packages or more to bring joy and help girls reach their goals.

Gift of Caring cookies don’t come from the troop’s inventory and are delivered directly to uniformed personnel serving abroad and locally by Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Digital Cookie is a great way to increase Gift of Caring sales! Use the platform to send emails to friends and family, asking them to provide a sweet treat to front-line workers, military and other uniformed personnel, while helping you reach your goals!

Hometown Heroes

Hometown Heroes are selected by the troop/Girl Scout and the organization chosen is of great significance to the girls.

This past year has been an especially difficult one. Girls are asking their customers to purchase cookies to be donated by the troop to food banks, senior centers and retirement communities, front-line workers, and other essential workers. Receiving a gift of Girl Scout Cookies is a special treat and makes people feel appreciated!

Hometown Heroes should be listed in eBudde and cookies should be delivered by the troop to the organization as soon as possible after the Cookie Program ends.

Troops can pull additional cookies to fill Hometown Hero orders or use any remaining inventory at the end of the program for these donated cookies.

Take Stock of Inventory 

Ask girls and families to do a count and report back to you. Checking in helps volunteers and parents/caregivers ensure that all the cookies they have are sold by the end of the program!

Check the Cookie Exchange and help a sister troop out! Under the Cookie Exchange tab in eBudde, you can pick-up additional cookies that your troop needs from other troops in your area and offer your troop excess inventory to other troops as well.

Not sure how to use the Cookie Exchange? Check out the demo video on GSCO Facebook page and YouTube channel!

Cupboard Orders

Keep in mind that at this point in the cookie program, GSCO is constantly moving cookie inventory between cupboards around the state.

  • It’s possible your closest cupboard will not have all varieties available, but another cupboard in your area will!
  • It is important to note that anyone who picks up cookies from a cupboard will need an eBudde password.

Are you a new troop? Do you need assistance with inventory management? Troop cookie managers should contact their service unit cookie manager for support.

Order Inquiry Changes

If customers have questions or an issue with Digital Cookie orders, they need to contact Digital Cookie Customer Care . The more detailed information the customer can provide on the form, the better. GSCO customer care cannot access orders to check the status of orders or make changes.

Cookie Proceeds

Troop members share in the proceeds from a successful product program; proceeds aren’t distributed to individual girl members. Girls are eligible for rewards and Cookie Credits that they put toward council-sponsored camps, programs, and items in the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop.

 

Community Scavenger Hunt to Celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend

Submitted by Jessica Holbrook

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Lupton

This last year has hit our community hard, as it has all over the world. Our community is usually getting together in so many ways, but we still have not started back up with events yet. In an attempt to show some love to our community, Lizzy came up with a Cookie Scavenger Hunt. She bought five packages of cookies, packaged them up in case of bad weather, and left a note saying “Congrats on finding these cookies! I hope you have a great day! Lizzy”.

We then picked five spots in our community to drop the cookies. She posted live videos with clues and then posted pictures of where the cookies were dropped. She had so much fun coming up with the spots, clues, and watching for when people found the cookies. The smiles on everyone’s faces was priceless.

This was something innovative that Lizzy came up with after watching a show with her dad. She took charge of the project with gusto!

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.

Finding New Ways to Meet Cookie Goals

Submitted by Kristal Boni

Northern & Northeastern CO

Erie

Cate has had a very successful cookie season by making a few modifications. She has been a diligent Porch Pixie with deliveries. She uses text messaging to notify her customers of their delivery and includes a thank you note with each order. For Valentine’s week, she made special heart notes and included a little treat. Additionally, when it comes to booth sales, she is double-masked and gloved up with ample supplies of hand sanitizer and wipes on-hand.

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.

Smart Cookie: February 16, 2021

Lots of Girl Scouts and volunteers made cookie customers happy this weekend by braving the cold weather. Cookie booths and Porch Pixie deliveries were in full swing!

Managing Cookie Inventory- Best Practices

Is it time to restock your cookie inventory? Before placing a cupboard order, now is a good time to take stock of all cookie packages distributed to girls in the troop.

Ask girls and families to do a count and report back to you. Checking in helps both volunteers and parents/caregivers ensure that all the cookies they have are sold by the end of the program!

  • If a family in your troop has an abundance of cookies, it might be best to use that inventory, and other family cookie inventory at the next booth(s) first, rather than pull more cookies from a cupboard. Also ask families:
    • Can your Girl Scout work at an upcoming Council booth(s)?
    • Does parent/caregiver need help securing or submitting My Sales booths for approval?

Check the Cookie Exchange too and help a sister troop out! Under the Cookie Exchange tab in eBudde, you can:

  • See and pick-up additional cookies that your troop needs from other troops in your area.
  • Offer your troop excess inventory to other troops as well.

Not sure how to use the Cookie Exchange? Look for a short “how-to” video to post on the GSCO Facebook page and YouTube channel by Thursday Feb. 18.

Cupboard Orders

Keep in mind that at this point in the cookie program, GSCO is constantly moving cookie inventory between cupboards around the state.

  • It’s possible your closest cupboard will not have all varieties available, but another cupboard in your area will!
  • In eBudde, you can see all cookie cupboards in your area. Select a cupboard from the drop-down menu. Once you select a cupboard, you can click the “map it” button to see exactly where it’s located.

Be mindful that many cupboards are managed by volunteers and have varying hours. Continue to place orders at least 72 hours prior to picking up from the cupboard.

It is important to note that anyone who picks up cookies from a cupboard will need an eBudde password.

Are you a new troop? Do you need assistance with inventory management? Troop cookie managers should contact their service unit cookie manager for support.

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 and can secure the booth selection on a first-come/first-serve basis.

Click the link to the video below to find out how to get on a booth location waitlist and how to release a booth: https://youtu.be/s4UB1YLAPtY.

Caregivers/parents, please contact your TCM to cancel My Sales booths.

Digital Cookie Orders

It’s important that when girls distribute door hangers or cookie fliers in their neighborhoods with QR codes to their Digital Cookie site, or when girls make Porch Pixie cookie deliveries, that they:

  • Contact the customer ahead of delivery to coordinate date/time.
  • Leave parent/caregiver contact information on a thank you note, with the cookie delivery in case the customer needs to follow-up about their order or their cookie delivery. For neighborhood cookie sales especially, sometimes customers are ordering cookies from a few different Girl Scouts.

Girls should not leave cookie fliers or door hangers in mailboxes!

To learn more girl delivery tips, check out the Customer Service Best Practices article also on the GSCO Blog.

Porch Pixie Patch

In honor of the new girl delivery option, girls will earn a custom Porch Pixie patch* when they make their first contactless delivery to a customer!

Take a photo of yourself dropping off cookies on a doorstep, then complete the online form no later than Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Be sure to include your goals, Hometown Hero, and troop number. *This patch is only available to Colorado Girl Scouts.

Order Inquiries/Changes

If customers have questions or an issue with Digital Cookie orders, they need to contact GSUSA/Digital Cookie customer care. The more detailed information the customer can provide on the form, the better.

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 the GSCO YouTube Channel and are part of the playlist: Best Cookie Video Contest 2021. If you like a video, simply click the “thumbs up” icon beneath it. The video that receives the most “thumbs up” by February 24 at 9 a.m. wins!

First Prize: 200 Cookie Credits

Second Prize: 100 Cookie Credits

Third Prize: 50 Cookie Credits

Show us How You’re Persevering During the Pandemic

Girl Scouts can also earn a FREE Pandemic Perseverance patch. Read the GSCO Blog article for more information!

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 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program and all the amazing things Girl Scouts do with their cookie money. Interested in being a GSCO Media Star? Email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Cookie Program Proceeds

Please remember troop members share in the proceeds from a successful product program; proceeds aren’t distributed to individual girl members. Girls are eligible for rewards and Cookie Credits that they put toward council-sponsored camps, programs, and items in the Girl Scouts of Colorado Shop.

Girl Scout Cookies: A Delicious History

Submitted by the GSCO History Committe

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland

The History Center in in Loveland is more than a collection of old uniforms, books, and badges! In fact, all sorts of Girl Scout Cookies memorabilia is preserved here too, including cookie packages, tins, rewards, incentives, T-shirts, stuffed animals, hats, tote bags, and more.

In 1934, Keebler-Weyl Bakery in Philadelphia, PA was the first commercial company to bake Girl Scout Cookies. At one point, Girl Scout Cookies were baked by as many as 29 bakers across the country including United Biscuit Company of America in Chicago, IL; Bowman Biscuit in Denver, CO; Megowen Educator Food Company in Lowell, MA; Southern Biscuit Company (Famous Food of Virginia-FFV) in Richmond, VA; Burry’s Biscuit in Elizabeth, NJ and Chicago, IL; Weston Biscuit Company in Battle Creek, MI, Passaio, NJ and Burbank, CA; Brownie Baking Company, Spokane WN and Grandma Cookie Company in Portland, OR.

Now, the two official bakers are Little Brownie Bakers in Louisville, KY and ABC Bakery in Brownsburg, IL. Little Brownie Baker makes 450 million Thin Mints a day! Each year, we look forward to a new flavor to try, along with the must have Thin Mints, Trefoils, and Samoas.  On anniversaries such as the 100th and 75th, commemorative sampler tins and special boxes were sold. These, too, are collected and often donated to the History Center.

Recently, this image of a Burry’s case for DUTCH’N SUCH cookies and newspaper clipping were sent to us via Susan Kabat, GSCO volunteer support specialist. After a bit of searching on the internet, we determined that it was a cookie offered in the early 1980’s and had the windmill on it. According to Wikipedia, Burry Biscuit Company dates to 1888.  In 1938, it moved to Elizabeth, NJ from Chicago, IL and manufactured Girl Scout Cookies, which it called Plantation cookies. The cookies were packed in a sealed cardboard cylinder, and later the cookies were packed in cans. In 1962, Burry’s was the largest producer of Girl Scout Cookies in the nation and in 1980 changed its name to Burry-Lu.  For more than 50 years, Burry Lu supplied cookies to Girl Scout troops and in 1989, ABC Bakery purchased Burry’s Girl Scout cookie division.

GSCO History Center volunteers are busy year ‘round receiving, sometimes repairing, cataloging, lending, displaying, and preserving ALL types of Girl Scout memorabilia. Much of it is like a treasure hunt, tracking down first date of issue of national and international items, their catalog numbers, or originating council events. Then, we are challenged with safely storing them along with appropriate number of duplicates, when available. Rarely, do we save actual cookies from year to year, as they are too tasty to have around, but packages, cases, tins, and incentives are filed away. Remember, buying Girl Scout Cookies is a yummy way to support the girls, troops, and local Girl Scout council programs.

Our committee works hard to preserve and protect our Girl Scout history. We look forward to 2021, gathering again in person, and sharing our passion for Girl Scout History with you and your girls. If you have Girl Scout stories and memories, please share here as well.

Contact the GSCO History Center at gscohistory@gmail.com.

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.

Safely Reaching Cookie Goals

 

Submitted by Marley W.

Metro Denver

Broomfield

We sold Girl Scout Cookies both virtually and at booths. We stayed safe by using hand sanitizers often, wearing masks, and asking customers to maintain a six-foot distance. With some of the money we earn, we are redesigning the children’s space at a local food bank.

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.

Vote NOW in the 2021 Best Cookie Video contest

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 the GSCO YouTube Channel and are part of the playlist: Best Cookie Video Contest 2021. If you like a video, simply click the “thumbs up” icon beneath it. The video that receives the most “thumbs up” by February 24 at 9 a.m. wins!

First Prize: 200 Cookie Credits

Second Prize: 100 Cookie Credits

Third Prize: 50 Cookie Credits

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.