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Smart Cookie: March 1, 2021

The announcement that the cookie program will be extended through March 21 has been met with enthusiasm. Girl entrepreneurs and our supportive volunteers are continuing to rise above every challenge with innovative and creative solutions making this a great Girl Scout Cookie Program!

Hometown Hero Booth Focus

Generous Coloradans are happy to support your Hometown Hero, so be sure to ask customers to buy cookies to donate! Make a poster with images and facts about your Hometown Hero. When people walk by your booth ask, “Would you like to purchase Girl Scout Cookies for our Hometown Hero?” Tell them how many donated packages you want to collect, explain more about your HTH, and be ready to talk about why they matter to you! Hometown Heroes should be listed in eBudde and cookies should be delivered by the troop 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.

Cookie Cupboard News

New Incentive for Troops and Juliettes – Select Cookie Cupboards around the state hid golden, silver, and bronze tickets in cases of cookies over the weekend. Three troops have already found winning tickets and there are plenty more!

Troops that find tickets in their cupboard orders 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 need to:

  • Scan the QR code on the 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.

Cookie Cupboard Order 72 hour Hold Requirement Lifted

Many Cookie Cupboards across the state have agreed to stay open for two more weeks and Cookie Cupboards are no longer required to adhere to the 72-hour lead time. It’s the cupboard manager’s decision to have either no wait, a 24 hour wait, or continue with a 72 hour wait, depending on what works best for their workflow and availability.

  • 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.

Booth Updates and Inventory Management

Dates for My Sales booths have been extended in eBudde to March 21. Parents/caregivers should submit requests for My Sales booth site approvals though their troop cookie manager. Make sure that the location name and address is complete and correct. It makes it easier for customers to find!

Look for additional Council booth locations this week too!

Inventory Management

Digital Cookie – Parents/caregivers can turn off varieties of cookies that they don’t have on hand. Go to the Digital Cookie “Parent Inventory Tab” tip sheet for more information.

Allocate Cookies in eBudde – If you haven’t started already, now is the time for TCMs to allocate cookies to girls and continue to do so until the end of the program.

This year, there is the troop link that also has to be zero at the end of the program. When the program closes, there cannot be any sales on the troop “faux girl” or troop URL. Cookies sold through the troop URL (shipped and donated AND cookie booth sales) have to be allocated to selling girls in the troop.

  • “How-to” videos will post to the GSCO Facebook page/videos and YouTube channel by Friday, March 5. The demo videos will walk you through the steps on how to allocate all cookies.
  • TCMs can also check-in with their service unit cookie manager for support.

2021 Service Unit Incentive

Service units will receive an incentive of $.01 (penny) per package sold, if the number of packages sold in 2021 is 3% (or more) over the number of packages sold in 2020.

If the number of packages sold in 2021 is 6% more than the number of packages sold last year, service units will receive $.02 per package. Note: These incentives are not cumulative.

Service Units need to submit a current ACH form for the service unit bank account in order to receive the incentive deposit.

  • If you completed the ACH form with your Annual SU report in 2020, it covers you for the 2021 Cookie Program incentive.
  • If you don’t have a SU bank account, please set one up. Submit an ACH authorization before March 21.  Click here for ACH authorization link.

Reminders about Special Cookie Patches- Deadlines Extended

Colorado Girl Scouts can earn a FREE Pandemic Perseverance patch. Take a photo showcasing how you’re persevering to reach your cookie goal. This can be a photo of you working on your Digital Cookie website, hosting a virtual cookie booth, dropping off cookies on a friend or family member’s doorstep, etc. Complete this online form no later than Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Be sure to include your goals, Hometown Hero, and troop number.

To commemorate the introduction of the 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 friend or family member’s doorstep, etc., then complete this online form no later than Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Be sure to include your goals, Hometown Hero, and troop number.

These patches are only available to Colorado Girl Scouts.

Learn More

Revised Cookie Program Dates

March 7 – Grubhub booths end

March 21 – Cookie Program ends

March 21-24 – Cookie Program closeout

March 22 – Deadline to select and submit ALL girl rewards in eBudde.

March 22 – Final troop data due at 11:59 p.m. Allocate ALL cookies to girls in eBudde.

March 24 – Final SU submissions on ALL girl rewards in eBudde.

March 24 – Last day to pick up Hometown Hero (HTH) cookies from a cupboard.

March 26 – Deadline to submit a Money Problem Report. Form closes at 8 p.m.

March 26 – Deadline to submit form to redeem golden, silver, bronze tickets found at cupboards.

March 31 – ACH debit occurs for total amount owed to council.

First week of May – Cookie Credits mailed to girls.

May – Rewards shipped to SUCM.

Blackout dates concerning troop/group money-earning activities outside of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, will remain the same as originally stated (Jan. 31-March 17).

Any troop/group money earning activities planned for after March 17 will not be in conflict.

Revised Dates for the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie program

Girl Scouts of Colorado has extended the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program until March 21, and with that extension, other key dates and deadlines have shifted.

Revised Dates:

Starting February 26, Golden, silver, and bronze tickets to be found in cases of cookies at cupboards.

March 7 – Grubhub booths end

March 21 – Cookie Program ends

March 21-24 – Cookie Program closeout

March 22 – Select and submit ALL girl rewards in eBudde

March 22 – Final troop data due at 11:59 p.m. Allocate ALL cookies to girls in eBudde.

March 24 – Final SU submissions on ALL girl rewards in eBudde.

March 24 – Last day to pick up Hometown Hero (HTH) cookies from a cupboard.

March 26 – Deadline to submit a Money Problem Report. Form closes at 8 p.m.

March 26 – Deadline to submit form to redeem tickets found at cupboards.

March 31 – ACH debit occurs for total amount owed to council.

First week of May – Cookie Credits mailed to girls

May – Rewards shipped to SUCM

Blackout dates concerning troop/group money-earning activities outside of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, will remain the same as originally stated (Jan. 31-March 17).

Any troop/group money earning activities planned for after March 17 will not be in conflict.

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.

Girl Scout Cookie Program Extended: Colorado Girl Scouts to continue selling cookies through March 21

Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) is extending the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program through March 21. Due to the challenges of running a business during a pandemic, Girl Scout councils around the nation are extending their cookie programs, and GSCO wanted to give our girls the same opportunity to take more time to meet and exceed their goals. This added time will also give Girl Scouts who may have gotten a slower start or did not start their season in January a chance to reach their goals.

Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Dos-si-Dos, and Lemon-Ups are $4/package. S’mores and gluten-free Toffee-tastic are $5/package. Now more than ever, Girl Scouts are relying on your support and the support of the community to meet their goals and make our world a better place.

“We all know the challenges of operating a business during a pandemic, and I’ve been thrilled to see the innovative and creative ways Girl Scouts have met that challenge and run their cookie businesses safely,” Leanna Clark, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Colorado, said. “We decided we should make a change too and allow Girl Scouts and troops more time to deliver that comforting taste of ‘normal’ to their customers this year. Support a Girl Scout or troop near you while they learn about entrepreneurship and make a difference with every box.”

Each purchase of Girl Scout Cookies supports girls in developing five lifelong skills: goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. When you purchase cookies, you are helping girls power their Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and you’re supporting female entrepreneurs. The important leadership, business, and financial literacy skills girls learn through the program position them for success in the future.

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.

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.