Thank you to all of the Girl Scouts who entered the 2018 #BlingYourBooth Challenge! We received dozens of entries from all across Colorado and are so impressed by your creativity and enthusiasm. Congratulations to the following winners!
Third Place: $50 in Cookie Credits
Troop 41660 consists of Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes from Ft. Carson in the Pikes Peak region. Many of the girls have been together for many years. They plan to use the Cookie Credits they won to buy new uniforms for the Girl Scouts bridging to the next level.
Third Place: $50 in Cookie Credits
Troop 62228 is a fourth grade Junior troop from the Denver Metro region. The girls love any activity or event that deals with food or the outdoors. They plan to use their Cookie Credits on a GSCO council-sponsored event in the future. They plan to choose that activity at their next meeting.
Second Place: $100 in Cookie Credits
Troop 76180 is made up of Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies. The girls will most likely use their Cookie Credits to purchase badges or visit the Denver Aquarium.
First Place: $200 in Cookie Credits
Troop 16232 is a new troop from Montrose. These 13 hard-working Girl Scouts surpassed their goals, but didn’t stop there. The girls are really looking forward to some overnight camping trips this summer.
This man has been at various cookie booths with a girl I know. This man, after waking up at 4 in the morning and coming home at 6 on the evening from work, contributes his time to work with Girl Scouts. This man is kind and considerate to others who have complaints and concerns about cookies. He has worked two, four, and eight-hour booths with me even when he is tired or hungry, yet again and again he comes back to help. He fights against the cold weather and horrible conditions of which we work through. The sales don’t benefit him in any shape or form, but there he is, happily helping his daughter. Why, people may ask. And must I respond by saying that this same man has gone to the point of not only supporting one daughter, but all three of his daughters. I’m proud to say I’m one of them. I’m proud to be able to say to other troops and kids that my dad cares. That he contributes and puts in all this effort, and for what? Just to get a reward? No. It’s just to see his daughters become experienced and filled with joy. My dad is amazing. He is a cookie dad! Better yet he is MY cookie dad and I’m thrilled to be able to say that.
Because of my dad, I have been able to learn social skills I didn’t have before. It’s because of him that I’m going to be able to reach my goal. He has taken a part of who I was in the past and molded it into who I am now. I just want to say thank you Dad. Even though you may never see this… I still thank you for being a real G.I.R.L.. And to me that means you are a great, inspirational, and responsible leader.
Thank you to all of the Girl Scouts who entered the 2018 Girl Scout S’mores Booth Challenge! We received dozens of entries from all across Colorado and are so impressed by your creativity and enthusiasm. Congratulations to the winners!
Girl Scout Brownie Troop 60061 is from Broomfield and their Hometown Hero is Broomfield FISH. The girls are in the second and third grade at Prospect Ridge Academy and Meridian Elementary School. Most of the girls set a goal of at least 150 packages of Girl Scout Cookies. They are hoping to use the money earned to do an overnight at the Denver Aquarium.
Girl Scout Brownie Troop 60035 is from Aurora. The girls chose Joshua Station as their Hometown. Their troop goal was 225 packages per selling girl and they surpassed it! At last check, the troop had sold more than 10,000 packages.
Not only does my stepdad like eating Girl Scout Cookies, but he’s pretty good at helping me sell them too! I am grateful to have him in my life. He is always there for me no matter what activity I am doing. He works strange and long shifts because he is in law enforcement, but every cookie season he takes the time to work at least two booths with me. I know that’s not a lot of booths, but I am happy and proud that he makes the time to be there. These are memories I will always have that make being a Girl Scout great.
Walden’s multi-level troop recently participated in a first aid class with Christine Redman, their troop leader and lifeguard instructor, and Matt Blecha, a local firefighter, EMT, and Emergency Outdoor Specialist. During the session, each girl learned basic first aid and made her own first aid kit. Later that week, the troop donated packages of Hometown Hero Girl Scout Cookies to their high school girl’s basketball team, the North Park Lady Cats, who are headed to state championship playoffs for the first time in nine years!
My dad is amazing! He wants me to reach my goals and is proud of how hard I work. He helped our troop by driving to three different cookie cupboards to pick up Thin Mints and Samoas. He dropped them off at the booths to make sure we didn’t run out. After all this, he worked with me at my third booth of the day!
What an amazing job our Girl Scout Cookie CEOs have been doing this year with the help of all of our dedicated volunteers. Remember to breathe, take a moment for yourself, and focus on the fact that you’re almost done! Check in with your girls to make sure no one has inventory they don’t think they can sell. If you need additional inventory to fill orders or for final booths, please check with troops in your service unit first for troop-to-troop transfers.
If your troop has 10 or more excess cases of unsold Girl Scout S’mores, please contact your Service Unit Cookie Manager or Cupboard Manager no later than Thursday, March 8.
New patch for S’mores cookie masters
Any Colorado Girl Scout who sells 50 packages of Girl Scout S’mores between now and the end of the program, March 11, should fill out this form to receive a fun, free Colorado Girl Scout S’mores Cookie Master patch!
S’mores selling tips
Got plenty of Girl Scout S’mores in your inventory? Try these selling tips:
Lead with Girl Scout S’mores. When a customer walks up to your booth, say “Hello, have you had the chance to try the new Girl Scout S’mores Cookie?”
Open one package of Girl Scout S’mores (you will have to pay for it), break the cookies into small samples, and place on a nice plate to offer customers a taste test.
Bundle up a package of Girl Scout S’mores, Thin Mints, Samoas, and Tagalongs for a chocolate-lovers bundle. Tie a pretty ribbon and put a $17 price tag on it. When customers pay with a $20, make sure to ask if they’d like to donate the change toward Hometown Hero cookies.
Remind customers that Girl Scout Cookies come only once a year. They’ll need to stock up now to enjoy some this summer!
Print out recipes for S’more Campfire Cupcakes and offer these to customers who buy more than one package of Girl Scout S’mores.
Tell customers how amazing these cookies taste when you put them in the microwave for 10 seconds. They’re gooey and melty like a s’mores off the campfire!
IMPORTANT: If your troop has excess cases of unsold Girl Scout S’mores, please contact your Service Unit Cookie Manager or Cupboard Manager no later than Thursday, March 8.
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 your remaining booth as a Hometown Hero booth, make a poster with images and facts about your hero 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.
You can also add, “We’ve got plenty of your favorite varieties if you want to stock your freezer until next year’s sale, too!”
Cookie program wrap-up
Allocate cookies: Now’s the time to 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. Once everything is allocated, remind your girls to select their rewards. Reward orders are due in eBudde by 8 p.m. March 13. 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 16. 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.
March 11: Last day of cookie program
March 13: Rewards orders due in eBudde
March 14: Last day to pick up HTH cookies from a cupboard
March 16: Money problem reports due
March 21: ACH debit for total amount due to council
If you have family or friends that are currently deployed, send their APO address to my email or Hearts Across the Miles by March 10, 2018. Packages of Girl Scout Cookies will be shipped to them by Hearts Across the Miles. Girl Scouts have coordinated with them for many years. Send addresses to either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
If any troop would like to donate cookies to ship and/or volunteer to pack, please notify Hearts for reservation to pack or bring cookies – firstname.lastname@example.org. Will be packing on Saturday, March 17 at the Colorado National Guard building in Aurora.
If troops would like a service project , write notes, and/or decorate cards which will be packed into the boxes being shipped. Contact Kay Martley, Girl Scout volunteer, email@example.com for Kay’s mailing address.
Our dad has four Girl Scouts this year: a Cadette, Junior, Brownie, and Daisy. He helped us walk through the neighborhood with our cookie powered wagon. He helped us at cookie booths, too. When we needed to make change for customers, he was patient while we did our math. Most dads can’t say they are the best cookie dad, but our dad is!
I have the best stepdad ever. He is at every meeting with my troop. I am a first-year Girl Scout and he has been to four booths with me and we are doing four more together. We have filled up our car and ride around with cookies and are always ready to sell! I am lucky to have John as a second dad, but even more excited he is a Girl Scout Dad! I can’t wait for adventures this summer too!