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Get ready for Girl Scout Cookie Season

December is a busy time of year for all and preparations for the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program are well underway! For new troops and for those of you who are new to being troop cookie managers, you might be wondering what can do in December and January to get ready to support the girls in your troop through cookie season.

The checklist below will guide you through the steps to take to be prepared.

You will receive additional information and resources when you attend training. Also, know that you will have the support of peers – the service unit cookie manager (SUCM) and other key volunteers in your area, as well as GSCO staff. Your volunteer support specialist and product program specialist can answer your questions and guide you through the responsibilities of the TCM role.

  • Attend TCM training. Go to our events page to register for classes in your area or go to the TCM training blog article to see the list of trainings with registration links.
  • Submit your ACH authorization form and TCM agreement form for this new membership year (ACH and TCM forms are submitted annually.) TCM’s who have completed their ACH form and TCM agreement form, will gain access to eBudde on/after December 16, 2019.
  • Make sure that everything is current with your troop bank account and that all signers on the account are updated.
  • Once you have access to eBudde, verify bank account information.
  • Check the troop roster before January 10, 2020 to ensure that all girls who are active in your troop have a current membership. Girls must have a current membership to participate in the Cookie Program. If there are girls listed on your roster who are not active in your troop, contact your volunteer support specialist to have your roster updated. Girls cannot transfer between troops after January 10, 2020.
  • Submit your initial order of cookie inventory by January 13, 2020 8 p.m. MST. Reach out to your service unit cookie manager (SUCM) for assistance.
  • Check with your SUCM to see if there is a cookie rally happening in your area and plan for your troop to attend! It’s a great way for girls to meet other Girl Scouts and get ready for cookie season!
  • Collaborate with the troop leadership team to coach the girls to discuss their goals and what they want to do with their troop
  • Have a family meeting in January. Present the Cookie Program training. Have caregivers sign permission slips. Have girls talk about their goals. Ask for family support during cookie season. Create a group agreement so that everyone is clear on what’s expected and how they can contribute.
  • February 1 – Delivery Day! TCM’s plan for cookie inventory pick-up and distribution to girls and caregivers.

Have questions or need assistance? Please call GSCO Customer Care at 877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

 

2020 Cookie Program service unit incentive: New this year

Girl Scouts of Colorado service units will receive an incentive of $.01 (penny) per package of Girl Scout Cookies sold, if the number of packages sold in 2020 are 3% over the number of packages sold in 2019.

If the number of packages sold in 2020 is 6% (or more) over the number of packages sold in 2019, service units will receive $.02 per package.

These incentives are not cumulative.

Incentives earned could help provide special events and activities for the Girl Scouts and volunteers in your community!

Service Units need to submit a current ACH form for the service unit bank account in order to receive the incentive deposit. Click on the link to complete an ACH form: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/for-volunteers/forms-and-resources/ACH.html

There are some great new girl rewards too! Want to have a sneak peek? Click here to look at the girl incentives.

New S’mores Club rewards preview

In Fall 2019, Girl Scouts of Colorado announced the 2019 – 2020 S’mores Club rewards would be a special hoodie and duffle bag, perfect for Girl Scout camping and travel. We received lots of positive feedback!

We now have samples of the items and wanted to share a “sneak peek” with our Girl Scouts and volunteers!

The duffle bag and hoodie are made from durable fabrics, they’re washable and we opted to go with darker colors – perfect for Girl Scout travel and camping adventures! As you can see in the pictures, the duffle bag is grey and black, and the hoodie is forest green. Both items have the S’mores Club logo embroidered on them.

You can join the Girl Scouts of Colorado S’mores Club by participating in both the 2019 – 2020 Girl Scout Fall Product Program and Cookie programs.

For more information about S’mores Club and the criteria to earn the rewards, go to: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/s-mores-club.html

FYI: If girls earned a S’mores Club reward bracelet in 2017 or 2018, we do still have Highest Awards charms for the bracelets.

To request a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award charm to complete girls’ S’mores Club bracelet, contact Girl Scouts of Colorado customer care by calling 1-877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Register for TCM Cookie Program Training

Are you the troop cookie manager (TCM) for your troop? Excellent! Thank you for supporting girls and adults during the 2020 cookie program! New TCM training is required for all first and second year TCMs and experienced TCM training is required for all third year+ TCMs. Note that some trainings offered are “new” and “experienced” combined, to better serve rural communities.

Below is a list of statewide, in-person, TCM trainings by date. Register for TCM training today! Click on the title of the training and you’ll be directed to the registration page. All TCM training classes are FREE. A confirmation email will be sent to you after you register.  Service unit cookie managers, troop cookie managers, and troop leaders are also invited to attend TCM training.

During TCM training you will learn what to consider when placing your initial order and how to use eBudde to manage inventory through different phases of the program. New features in eBudde will also be highlighted, along with tips to make cookie booths a success, and how-to best support girls in your troop and their families. Attending in-person volunteer training also gives you an opportunity to have your questions answered, share your experiences, and connect with other volunteers.

Statewide, in-person Girl Scout Cookie Program training (listed by date)

New and Experienced TCM Training – Durango

Date: Tuesday, December 3, 6 – 9 p.m

Region: Southwestern Colorado

Location: Florida Mesa Presbyterian Church

New and Experienced TCM Training – Cortez

Date: Wednesday, December 4, 6 – 9 p.m

Region: Western Colorado

Location: First United Methodist Church

New TCM Training – Denver Metro

Date: Friday December 6, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m

Region: Metro Denver

Location: Martin School of Early Education

New and Experienced TCM Training – Longmont – Morning

Date: Saturday, December 7, 9 a.m. – Noon

Region: Northern & Northeastern Colorado

Location: Heart of Longmont Church

New and Experienced TCM Training – Longmont – Afternoon

Date: Saturday, December 7, 1 – 4 p.m.

Region: Northern and Northeast Colorado

Location: Heart of Longmont Church

Experienced TCM Training – Colorado Springs

Date: Saturday, December 7, 10:30 a.m. – Noon

Region: Pikes Peak

Location: Pikes Peak Library 21C

New TCM Training – Colorado Springs

Date: Saturday, December 7, 12:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Region: Pikes Peak

Location: Pikes Peak Library 21C

New and Experienced TCM Training – Frisco

Date: Saturday December 7, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Region: Mountain Communities

Location: Summit County Church of Christ

New and Experienced TCM Training – Rifle

Date: Monday December 9, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Region: Western Colorado

Location: Rifle Library

New TCM Training – Denver Metro

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Region: Metro Denver

Location: Martin School of Early Education- Ogden St

New and Experienced TCM Training – Montrose

Date: Wednesday, December 11, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Region: Western Colorado

Location: Montrose Library

New and Experienced TCM Training – Gypsum

Date: Thursday December 12,  6 – 9 p.m

Region: Mountain Communities

Location: Grace Fellowship Church

New TCM Training – Denver Metro

Date: Thursday December 12, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Region: Metro Denver

Location: Martin School of Early Education- Ogden St

TCM Training

New and Experienced TCM Training – Denver Metro – Morning

Date: Saturday, December 14, 9 a.m. – Noon

Region: Metro Denver

Location: Colorado Christian University – Leprino Hall

New and Experienced TCM Training – Denver Metro – Afternoon

Date: Saturday, December 14, 1 – 4 p.m.

Region: Metro Denver

Location: Colorado Christian University – Leprino Hall

New and Experienced TCM Training – Loveland – Morning

Date: Saturday, December 14, 9 a.m. – Noon

Region: Northern & Northeastern Colorado

Location: Thomas M. McKee 4-H Youth and Community Building

New and Experienced TCM Training – Loveland – Afternoon

Date: Saturday, December 14, 1 – 4 p.m.

Region: Northern & Northeastern Colorado

Location: Thomas M. McKee 4-H Youth and Community Building

New and Experienced TCM Training – Grand Junction

Date: Saturday, December 14, 9 a.m. – Noon

Region: Western Colorado

Location: GSCO Grand Junction office

New and Experienced TCM Training – Pueblo

Date: Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Region: Pueblo

Location: Pueblo City/County Library – Rawlings (Main) Branch, 4th Floor

Experienced TCM Training – Denver Metro

Date: Tuesday, December 17, 7 – 9 p.m.

Region: Metro Denver

Location: Smoky Hill Library, Room A

New and Experienced TCM Training – La Junta

Date: Saturday, January 4, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Region: Southeastern Colorado

Location: First Presbyterian Church, La Junta

Girl Scout Pajama Jam with the Denver Nuggets

Join us for our annual Girl Scout Pajama Jam with the Denver Nuggets on January 11, 2020! All Girl Scouts are invited to cheer on the Nuggets as they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers and have a sleepover after the game! The game starts at 7 p.m. at Pepsi Center in Denver.

Discounted tickets are available at various price levels, starting at $24! Group family night tickets include $15 of loaded value, redeemable for food, drink, or merchandise. All tickets include a ticket to the game, 2020 Pajama Jam patch, post-game activity on the court, movie screening on the Pepsi Center Jumbotron, midnight snack, sleepover, and light breakfast in the morning.

Register now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/girl_scout_pajama_ja.html

You are welcome to purchase a ticket and not stay for the sleepover, however the pricing is the same. Tagalongs are permitted, but must sleep in the family sleeping area. Only registered Girl Scouts may sleep in the troop sleeping area.

After you purchase tickets you will be contacted by the Nuggets to provide a troop number for your referral, information about sleepover plans, and a waiver for all sleeping over or going onto the court for the shoot around. To guarantee seats/tickets you must purchase tickets two weeks before the game, December 27, 2019. However, anyone can still buy after that date if there are still seats available.

The troop with the most ticket referrals will be invited to have a Girl Scout cookie booth at the end of the Nuggets game on February 23!

To purchase tickets, visit https://Nuggets.KSETickets.com/pajamajam and use promo code NUGGIRLSCOUTS.

This is not a drop off event. All Girl Scouts must attend with a parent, guardian, or troop leader. Adult to girl safety ratios for events must be met. Read about safety ratios online.

For questions or more information, please contact Molly Baltzer at 303-405-1693 or molly.baltzer@teamkse.com.

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Juniors from Troop 76048 camp, hike, and ride horses

Submitted by Susan Scott

Northern & Northeastern CO

Loveland/Fort Collins

Juniors from Troop 76048 in Loveland/Fort Collins used their cookie earnings for a campout at Magic Sky Ranch and horseback riding at Sundance Trail Ranch. They hiked, had s’mores, played wolf pack on the rocks, and had the entire Magic Sky Ranch to themselves!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Be a G.I.R.L. Media Star

We’re searching for G.I.R.L.s (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders) to share their Girl Scout story and serve as Media Stars for the 2019-20 membership year.

What is a Media Star?

At the start of each Girl Scout year, Girl Scouts of Colorado trains girls from across the state to be Media Stars. They deliver the excitement (or do interviews) about the Girl Scout Cookie Program, Girl Scout Camp, or other GSCO events/activities/news with area TV and radio stations, as well as newspapers. Here are just some of the media interviews Media Stars participated in during the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program.

To be a Media Star, a girl must be in fourth grade or above. From time to time, we need younger girls to help with media interviews. However, the Media Star program is reserved for girls in fourth grade and above.

How to get involved

Girls who want to be Media Stars should:

  1. Review the Media Star Guidelines to ensure you understand the program’s requirements and expectations.
  2. Email GSCO Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org and include a:
    • Brief essay (250 words or less) about how Girl Scouts has helped you unleash your inner G.I.R.L.
    • Video (no more than a minute) in which you introduce yourself (first name only) and explain how Girl Scouts has helped you be a G.I.R.L. Here is an example:

“Hi! My name is AnneMarie and I am a Girl Scout Cadette from Arvada! Because I am a Girl Scout, I am an innovator. I had to think outside the box to meet my cookie goal. I hosted a drive-thru booth at a neighborhood business and sold cookies online using Digital Cookie.”

Girls 12-years-old and younger can have a parent help them. Submissions from girls 13-years-old and older must be done by the girl. The best videos and essays will be shared on the GSCO Blog and social media networks and must be received by October 1 at 9 a.m.

If you are selected to become a Media Star, you will be asked to participate in an individual, training session in November or December 2019. This training may be in-person or over the phone. During this training, girls will learn everything needed to be a successful Media Star. Even if you have participated in this program before, you must be trained each year if you want to participate in the program again.

** Note: This is a very popular program, so spots will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Girl Scout night out

Submitted by Ariella Wells

Northern & Northeastern CO

Fort Collins

Girl Scouts in Troop 70720 decided for this year’s cookie event to get dressed up, go on a limo ride around town, and go out to dinner at the Melting Pot. It was a night to remember.

Thanks so much to the customers who supported the girls in their cookie endeavors to help make this special day happen for them.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Cookies for courage

Submitted by Karen Grealy

Metro Denver

Parker

Brownie Troop 65889 visited Stone Canyon EdVentures with their 2019 cookie proceeds. The Girl Scouts had a difficult goal; but, after hours of freezing-cold booths they exceeded their goal by 108% and hit a 538 per selling girl average.  They enjoyed a high ropes course and ziplining together for three days and two nights! The girls also earned their “EcoCamper” and “Outdoor Artist” badges by learning the Leave No Trace principles and writing songs about camp.

Much to our surprise, we witnessed a mama bear and her cub. They crossed far down on our path; and, we all learned that we need to make noise when hiking, so that we never sneak-up on wildlife. The Girl Scouts were very good at making noise while hiking… very good.

Several of the girls (and some moms) conquered their fear of heights during camp. The Girl Scouts came together as sisters and encouraged each other to always aim for their personal best. For the girls who were most afraid, the high ropes course turned out to be their favorite camp memory.

We were very proud of our risk-takers and go-getters. We are blessed with a wonderful troop and the community that supported them during cookie sales.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Update about new S’mores Club rewards

GSCO recently announced the 2019-2020 S’mores Club rewards would be a special hoodie and duffle bag, perfect for Girl Scout camping and travel, and we received a lot of positive responses!

Many people asked what colors the duffle bag and hoodie would be and what they would look like. We don’t have pictures of them to share just yet. But once we do, we certainly will! Do know that we are going with darker colors and durable fabrics, so both reward items will last through many Girl Scout adventures and many washings!

Along with the buzz around the new rewards, a few people also asked if Highest Awards charms for the bracelets that S’mores Club girls and adults earned in 2017 and 2018 would still be available. YES! Absolutely! To request a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award charm to complete girls’ S’mores Club bracelets, contact Girl Scouts of Colorado customer care by calling 1-877-404-5708 or email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

For more information about the S’mores Club, go to:
https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/s-mores-club.html