Participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program can pay off. Earlier this month, girls from Troop 70720 got to go to Great Wolf Lodge in Colorado Springs because of all their hard work in February and March of 2018. They had to wait awhile, but it was worth it. It was a blast with their indoor water park and various activities.
In just a few months, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) will team up with the DC Super Hero Girls to inspire more girls to participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program®, the largest girl-led entrepreneurship program in the world. The program gives girls real-world experiences managing money, setting goals, meeting deadlines, learning the basics of marketing to customers, and having fun as they learn and earn. This year, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment will collaborate with GSUSA to foster the female leaders of tomorrow through the 2019 Cookie Pro contest. Using the power of the DC Super Hero Girls, the contest will inspire Girl Scouts to be smart and courageous as everyday Super Heroes. It will also highlight and reward exceptional cookie bosses who take the lead, set high goals for themselves, bring positive change to their communities, and learn valuable entrepreneurial skills.
To enter, Girl Scouts must use a GSUSA-provided template to create their own mini graphic novel that illustrates a true story about their cookie-selling experience. Girls are also required to answer a set of questions to showcase how they used the skills they learned through Girl Scouts to manage their cookie program. In 2018, close to 25,000 Girl Scouts in all grade levels and from all backgrounds participated in the Cookie Pro contest, and in 2019, that number is expected to double.
24 cookie pros will move on to win the Cookie Entrepreneur Experience of a lifetime. These go-getters—four per Girl Scout grade level—will travel to California for the Cookie Entrepreneur Experience, featuring fun activities; meet-and greet-opportunities with prominent business leaders, a special recognition event, and a VIP tour of Warner Bros. Studios with a behind-the-scenes look at DC Super Hero Girls.
“The Girl Scout Cookie Program gives girls the unique opportunity to build their entrepreneurship skills starting as young as five,” said GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. “These skills prepare them to succeed in school and their future careers. We’re thrilled that Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are investing in the future female leaders of our country and helping us acknowledge and reward some of our top entrepreneurs with a unique experience they can only have through Girl Scouts.”
“DC Super Hero Girls’ characters inspire girls to be creative, courageous, and inventive, and the cookie pros share these characteristics,” said Pam Lifford, president of Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “We believe that having role models and developing leadership skills at an early age is essential to creating the female leaders of tomorrow, and we’re thrilled to collaborate with Girl Scouts to support girls everywhere.”
Like Girl Scouts who embody the G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ spirit, the award-winning DC Super Hero Girls portray strong, brave, and fierce girls who handle challenges together and help their community. Warner Bros. continues to expand the franchise with the all-new DC Super Hero Girls animated action-comedy series from Warner Bros. Animation. The upcoming series features fresh character designs and storytelling from Girl Scout alum and Emmy® Award–winning producer Lauren Faust (Super Best Friends Forever, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends), who has worked throughout her career to improve and increase the representation of women and girls in animation. Through this collaboration, GSUSA and Warner Bros. aim to inspire girls to effect positive change, harness their creativity, and discover their potential.
More than half of Girl Scout alums working in business today credit the Girl Scout Cookie Program with developing the skills they use in their careers. Girl Scouts who participate in the cookie program learn money management, goal setting, public speaking, and more. More than one million Girl Scouts participate in the cookie program each year, and all net revenue from cookie sales stays within a Girl Scout council’s local area to power amazing year-round experiences and opportunities for the girls. Many girls also use their cookie earnings to benefit their communities by investing in local causes; supporting their troop’s community action projects; and giving back to important neighborhood institutions, such as schools and community centers.
The Cookie Pro contest is open to registered Girl Scouts from participating Girl Scout councils taking part in the Girl Scout Cookie Program during the 2018–19 cookie season. The contest will be open for submissions from January 2, 2019, to April 30, 2019. To learn more about the contest and to enter, visit www.girlscouts.org/cookiepro.To join Girl Scouts, visit www.girlscouts.org.
We’re Girl Scouts of the USA
We’re 2.6 million strong—1.8 million girls and 800,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscouts.org.
About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, extends the Studio’s powerful portfolio of entertainment brands and franchises into the lives of fans around the world. WBCP partners with best-in-class licensees globally on an award-winning range of toys, fashion, home décor, and publishing inspired by franchises and properties such as DC, the Wizarding World, Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera. The division’s successful global themed entertainment business includes groundbreaking experiences such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. With innovative global licensing and merchandising programs, retail initiatives, promotional partnerships and themed experiences, WBCP is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.
About DC Super Hero Girls Global Franchise
DC Super Hero Girls is an exciting global franchise centered on super heroic storytelling that helps build character and confidence and empowers girls to discover their true potential. Featuring DC’s most powerful and diverse line-up of female characters as relatable teens, the DC Super Hero Girls universe offers immersive experiences in multiple formats including animation, books, toys, apparel, games and more.
About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), DC Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and WarnerMedia. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics in the world.
To be a Media Star, a girl must be in 4th 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 4th grade and above.
How to get involved
Girls who want to be Media Stars should email public relations director AnneMarie Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a brief essay (250 words or less) about how Girl Scouts has helped you unleash your inner G.I.R.L. Also, include a 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 2018. 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.
Cadette Troop 64098 from Aurora/Centennial volunteered at the Special Olympics of Colorado’s Summer Classic in Colorado Springs. They brought 200 packages of Girl Scout Cookies donated through the Hometown Heroes program. These young ladies assisted at opening and closing ceremonies and events of tennis, bocce ball, and cycling.
All 14 Girl Scout Juniors of Troop 1631 from Highlands Ranch recently completed their biggest girl-led project yet! Many of the girls were in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) as babies, or have overcome some sort of medical challenge, so when completing the “Agent of Change” Journey, they wanted to do something to help children and families in the NICU at UCHealth. During the Journey, the girls talked about ways that they could make a difference individually, but with the help of their community, they could make an even bigger impact.
The project started with the intent of helping babies, and the girls invited a labor and delivery nurse to a meeting to talk with them about what happens when a baby is in NICU and what parents might experience. Afterwards, the girls decided they wanted to make NICU Care Kits with the hopes of providing comfort to the parents, so they could focus on caring for their babies, and this nurse served as a consultant through the process. The girls broke into three committees. One group was in charge of researching hospitals, and working with staff to coordinate logistics. Another group researched items a parent might need and made suggestions on what should be included in the kits. The third brainstormed ways to fund this project and obtain the items.
Once they narrowed down logistics, they delegated items for each girl to be responsible and were challenged to go out to the community and let others know what they were doing and ask for donations. Many businesses respectfully declined, but the girls were persistent and 85% of the items in the kits were donated. This included pillows, toothbrush/toothpaste/dental floss, shampoo/conditioner, preemie clothes, snack bars, note pads (so parents could journal the experience), and a few other comfort items. The girls even found someone to knit and donate preemie hats. They also chose to use a portion of their cookie money to purchase items they felt they were missing from the kits and still needed. In the end, the girls assembled 20 NICU Care Kits, and had about 30 more partial kits of extras.
In alignment of the “Agent of Change” Journey, not only were the girls able to get their community involved, but they also learned more about the community. For example, some of the snack bars were donated by Don’t Go Nuts, a local company that produces snacks that are completely nut-free, from the moment the ingredients are grown until they are produced in the facility. They learned that this company was founded by a 14-year-old girl, not much older than them. Because she had life-threatening peanut and tree nut allergies, she wanted wholesome snacks that you didn’t have to fear were contaminated. This was relatable to the girls, and an opportunity for them to see another girl not much older or different from them making a difference.
The girls began this project in November 2017, but between research and planning, participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, and other troop events, they completed it when the kits were delivered to UCHealth on June 20, 2018. The girls have already received thank you letters from parents who received their kits.
I have a baby in the NICU in Denver. I received the sweetest care package from Junior Girl Scout Troop 1631 out of Highlands Ranch. It was amazingly thoughtful and practical. Thought you should know about the awesome work they’re doing.
I’m also staying at the Ronald McDonald House Aurora while my baby is in the NICU. Every time we see the Girl Scouts on the volunteer list we get excited. They are always great dinners that you can tell the girls were helping to create ( not just adults doing it all). The troops I know about serving us dinner are Troop 2246 and Troop 3687. There was another and I’m sorry I don’t know what troop they were with. They made kabobs that were cooked to perfection.
I just wanted to reach out so you can tell them we really do appreciate all they have done for us during this time.
Annie and JD (and baby Joey)
I received the sweetest care package today from your Girl Scout group and I just wanted to say thanks. I wasn’t able to meet the girls because I was holding my baby, but I was truly blessed by their effort and thoughtfulness. It really made my day. Please let them know that I’m so thankful they were here today, and to keep caring for others.
The Cadettes of Troop 60074 decided to make game wardens (wildlife officers) in the Colorado Parks and Wildlife division one their Hometown Heroes this year! Since most of the game wardens don’t work out of an office, the girls delivered the Girl Scout Cookies as a surprise during their monthly regional staff meeting. The game wardens were so happy to get cookies! Their supervisor told us that no one had ever given them cookies in the 14 years she’d been there! We were so glad the girls chose to give them some cookie love! The game wardens loved them back with goodie bags filled with stuffed animals in Colorado Parks and Wildlife t-shirts, prairie bird identification books, Colorado wildlife identification books, and calendars. It felt so great to pick some Hometown Heroes that don’t get much recognition!
The girls also donated cookies to the park rangers and volunteers at Barr Lake State Park, and the staff at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife SOLE (Schools & Outdoor Learning Environments) program. All these Hometown Heroes were great choices, especially since our troop is busy working on our “Outdoor” Journey!
Jamie oversees the entire Product Program Team statewide and sits on several national advisory boards. She is considered a thought leader, peer-to-peer mentor, visionary, and strategic planner across the Girl Scout movement. Among her many duties here in Colorado, she secures, manages, and works with vendors for both the Fall Product Program and Girl Scout Cookie Program, supporting girls in reaching their goals and giving back to their communities. She has more than 20 years of experience with Girls Scouts, including eight years with Girl Scouts of Colorado. Jamie also served twelve years as Chief Financial Officer for Girl Scouts Sooner Council.
Beth Homeijer – Product Program Analyst
Beth oversees the vendor software, uploads, event coordination, sales analysis, DOC, and many other internal logistical items.
Stephanie Sanders – Product Program Administrative Assistant
Stephanie is the admin for the entire team, overseeing Formstack databases, communication overflows, mailings, meeting coordination, and many other items that keep the department running smoothly.
Laura Aguon– Product Program Manager
Laura oversees the Product Program Specialists. Laura is the primary staff support and resource for product program issues and management.
Rychelle Arnold – Product Program Design Manager
Rychelle oversees the training content, manuals, guides, training designs, printed materials, assists with overall product program designs.
Product Program Specialists are the main Product Program Support for regional staff teams as well as responsible for managing the volunteer needs. They are responsible for the key volunteer recruitment and design for their regions. Each is tasked with the success of the campaigns, material distribution, rewards distribution, trainings, communications, and many other items within each region.
Mary Ann Deard- Regions 1, 2, & 5
Melissa Hall– Regions 3 & 4
Sharon Ewing- Region 6
Julie Gallagher- Region 7
** Note: This in no way is the extent of all of their responsibilities. Rather, a snippet to help you direct your questions appropriately.
Troop 63787 decided they wanted to honor multiple Hometown Heroes this year. The girls delivered half their donations to thank the Thornton Police Department for their service. In return, they were treated to a tour of the police department by two female officers. Girl power!
The girls had also wanted to give Girl Scout Cookies to children with cancer, but Children’s Hospital said they could not give food donations to their patients. As an alternative, we came up with the Ronald McDonald House of Denver. On delivery day, each of our girls invited a friend and teamed up for a friendly baking competition. Along with the HTH cookies, they baked yummy homemade cupcakes and made sandwiches for the staff and residents of RMH. They had a great time and learned how they were able to make someone’s day sweeter–Girl Scout Cookies AND cupcakes are so much sweeter.
Daisy/Brownie Troop 43483 in Colorado Springs donated 192 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House in Aurora. The troop has a special connection with Children’s Hospital as two younger siblings of girls in the troop have been patients there this year and their families experienced first-hand the wonderful resources Children’s provides.
The troop honored their Sister Scout siblings by donating cookies plus “craft gift bags” to be handed out to patients. The cookies are already being enjoyed by patients in the hospital’s family resource room.