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Smart Cookie: Jan. 23, 2017

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Thanks to you, our amazing volunteers, the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program is ready to launch on Sunday. It’s crunch time and we know you’re working hard to prepare and organize. As a Cookie Manager, you will receive the Smart Cookie email each Monday during the sale. Our goal is to provide you with quick and easy tips and reminders to guide you through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is powered by girls – but they couldn’t do it without you!

Starting Inventory Order and pick ups

Your Starting Inventory Order should have been placed and your pick-up location and time selected. Please make sure you have enough space in your vehicle to pick up your order. Check the chart on page 9 of the Troop Cookie Manager manual to see how many cases your car can hold. Review the pick-up rules: No children or pets, bring your delivery confirmation ticket, and please stay inside your vehicle. Cookie Cupboards open on Feb. 2.

Go-day is Jan. 29

Remind your girls and families not to take orders before Jan. 29. Make sure you have signed permission slips for all your girls and don’t forget to use receipts for all cookie transactions. If your girls have planned My Sales booth sites make sure they’ve been approved by the Service Unit Cookie Manager at least 48 hours prior to the sale. My Sales booths, door-to-door, and digital sales run Jan. 29 through March 12. Council booth sales are Feb. 10 – March 12.

Don’t forget Digital Cookie – girls can set up their site now and be ready to sell on Jan. 29. Families should have received a link to get started with Digital Cookie. If you did not receive that email, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org.

Is your ‘paperwork’ in?

  • All volunteers who serve as Troop Cookie Managers must fill out a TCM agreement.
  • All troops need to submit an ACH Authorization Form if they are participating in the 2017 Cookie Sale program. The ACH Authorization must be submitted each year.
  • All individual Girl Scouts (girls not in a troop) must deposit any cookie money to GSCO’s Juliette CoBiz account. The Product Sales Team can provide Juliette parents/guardians with deposit forms.

100th anniversary specialty patch

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Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies and 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado with this cool patch! Colorado Girl Scouts can earn it by selling 50 packages of Girl Scout Cookies door-to-door by the end of the first full weekend of the sale (Feb. 6, 2017). Any Girl Scout who does will receive a free, special-order fun patch after completing this online form. Be sure to include your goals, Hometown Hero, and troop number, along with a fun pic of you and your troop! The deadline to complete the form is Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.

This patch is for Girl Scouts of Colorado girl members only. The form will not be open until Jan. 30, 2017.

Sensitive Issues

There have been some groups on social media calling for boycotts of Girl Scout Cookies because some Girl Scouts from Washington, D.C., chose to march in the inaugural parade on Friday. Girl Scouts of the USA and Girl Scouts of Colorado are nonpolitical, nonpartisan organizations and we include all girls. Messaging below for adults and girls will help if you get asked about this while out selling cookies. As always, if you are uncomfortable answering questions or are unsure of the facts, you can direct questions to kristin.hamm@gscolorado.org.

Adults

About 75 girls from one council decided to participate in Friday’s inauguration, while many chose to participate in Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington or similar events across the country. It’s all part of what Girl Scouts does to empower girls to speak their own minds and champion their own ideals, whatever they may be.

Girl Scouts exists to give all girls opportunities to lift their voices and be heard. Different girls make different choices, and Girl Scouts, while it doesn’t endorse specific politicians or parties, does support all girls in the decisions they make throughout their own leadership journeys.

Girls

Some Girl Scouts from Washington, DC decided to go to Friday’s inaugural parade, and others went to Saturday’s Women’s March and similar events across the country. No matter what, Girl Scouts supports us in making our own decisions, being leaders in our own lives, and improving our communities. Cookie sales power our Take Action projects so that we can do just that, giving back to our local neighborhoods.

Join Cookie Troop 100

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From Girl Scouts of the USA

Our biggest cookie milestone yet is here. That’s right! 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts, and we’re so ready to celebrate! Join us by participating in Girl Scouts of the USA’s Cookie Troop 100!

You can participate in 4 easy steps: 

  1. Set a troop goal and share the plan for your cookie money—what cool stuff will you do to improve your community this year?
  2. Earn a Cookie Business badge—you can take your pick!
  3.  As a troop, ask 100 NEW customers to buy cookies.
  4. Bling Your Booth. Gather your troop and get those creative juices flowing to come up with a fun theme—a party, a race, a cookie disco—what will it be? You can even include a Cookie 100th twist. Just remember to snap a cool photo!

Once all four steps are completed, ask your troop leader to help you submit your entry anytime between January 3 – April 30, 2017 to unlock your patch, and enter for a chance to win cash to invest in your cookie Take Action or service project.

Winning troops will be randomly selected—no voting necessary!

What troops can win: 

One lucky troop from EVERY council around the country will win $100 each to put toward their awesome cookie Take Action or service project. And one VERY lucky troop will win $3,000 to super-power their project!

Entries must be submitted by April 30, 2017 by an adult 18 or over. One entry per troop. Official contest rules. 

Still have questions? Check out our FAQs or email inquiry@gscolorado.org for more information. 

Ready to enter? Get started by submitting your troop’s Blinged Booth photo here: https://www.girlscouts.org/en/cookies/just-for-cookie-sellers/cookie-troop-100.html

 

 

Earn the Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring patch

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Help us salute our Hometown Heroes during the 2017 Cookie Sale Program by selling 50 (or more) packages of Hometown Hero /Gift of Caring cookies between Sunday, January 29 and Sunday, March 12. Any Girl Scout who does will receive a free, special-order fun patch after completing this online form (https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/hth_goc_patch_2017). Be sure to include your goals, Hometown Hero, and troop number, along with a fun pic of you and your troop! The deadline to complete the form is Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

  • This patch is for Girl Scouts of Colorado girl members only.
  • This form will not be open until January 30, 2017.

Earn the 100th Anniversary specialty patch

 

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Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies and 100 years of Girl Scouting in Colorado with this cool patch! Colorado Girl Scouts can earn it by selling 50 packages of Girl Scout Cookies door-to-door by the end of the first full weekend of the sale (Feb. 6, 2017). Any Girl Scout who does will receive a free, special-order fun patch after completing this online form (https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/earn_the_100th_anniversary_specialty_patch_). Be sure to include your goals, Hometown Hero, and troop number, along with a fun pic of you and your troop! The deadline to complete the form is Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

  • This patch is for Girl Scouts of Colorado girl members only.
  • This form will not be open until January 30, 2017.

 

 

Colorado Springs cookie rallies

 

Submitted by Nicole Niles

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

This past weekend, Colorado Springs GPS girls hosted two sold out cookie rallies. Their objective was to teach Girl Scouts selling cookies about the cookies they are selling, a little history on them, how to set up a good booth, and also showed an example of bad booths. They learned how to set goals, see the incentives, make a cookie sign, and best of all, taste the cookies. We sold out at both venues and encountered some crowding, but overall feel the girls did a great job teaching other girls, leading by the girl-led program of Girl scouts.

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

Important: SIO Reward

Girl Scouts of Colorado has added a new reward entitled “Girl Discrepancy Adjstmnt-Patch/Sign” to the initial rewards selections for the 2017 Cookie Sale Program. Should a troop have any roster issues that are preventing them from earning the SIO Reward they will need to fill out the box for the “Girl Discrepancy Adjstmnt-Patch/Sign” with the amount of registered girls in their troop that should earn the reward.

If your roster is correct and the SIO Reward has automatically calculated for your troop you do NOT need to fill out the “Girl Discrepancy Adjstmnt-Patch/Sign” reward.

Please contact your Product Sales Specialist with any questions or concerns, thanks!

2017 Denver cookie rally: Owls and science

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Submitted by Tiffany Stone

Metro Denver

Denver

Come learn how to bake your dreams come true at the 2017 Cookie Rally!

Sunday, January 22, 2017
2 – 7 p.m.
Arapahoe County Fairgrounds- East Wing

This event will include badge earning activities for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors that is sure to enhance your Girl Scouts cookie season, not only by preparing them, but educating them about the history of cookies, the importance of goal setting, and about this year’s cookie mascot.

Girl will have the chance to meet LIVE owls, try the cookies, learn the important safety aspects of running a business, DISSECT an owl pellet, make a catapult, and more!

2017 Cookie Rally t-shirts are available to order on the registration link.

This event is open to to any Girl Scout with or without a troop. Cost is $6 per girl, chaperones are free.

Pre-Register or email and pay at the event: https://squareup.com/store/urban-trails-su-644

Older girls and adults, signup to volunteer for the event here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c45abaf2ca46-2017

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

Credit card fees

Welcome to the 2017 Cookie Program.  Thank you for volunteering and helping to make this year a great success for our girls.  It couldn’t be done without you!!

Girl Scouts of Colorado has received a few questions regarding accepting credit cards. Girl Scouts can use an outside vendor such as “Square” instead of the Digital Cookie App.  A few things to keep in mind:

  • If you decide to us the Digital Cookie App, GSCO will pay all fees. 
  • If you decide to use an outside vendor, your troop is responsible for all fees.  GSCO has been asked if the troop can pass this fee onto the customer, or increase the price to cover these fees and the answer is no.  The fees come out of the troop’s proceeds.  Under Colorado law, it is illegal for any merchant to impose a surcharge on a purchaser or lessee who elects to use a credit or charge card in lieu of payment by cash, check, or similar means.

Please be sure to have the conversation about credit cards and how they will be accepted during your parent meetings this month to avoid confusion and conflict at the end of the program.  If you have any questions about credit cards, please reach out to your Product Sales Specialist.

Open House for Pikes Peak Region

Submitted by Debbie Swanson

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

The Pikes Peak Region office of Girl Scouts of Colorado will host an Open House on Tuesday, February 7, 2017  from 6 – 7:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for the community to meet the amazing staff of Girl Scouts of Colorado who serve and lead the 300 troops and 3,300 girls in Girl Scouting in the Pikes Peak Region. Stop by to get your Girl Scout Cookies and hear stories of the exciting and challenging activities that Girl Scouts are doing. Girl Scout Cookies sold during the event will help fund outreach troops in the Colorado Springs area. Girl Scout alumnae, friends, and community members are welcome to visit the local office of Girl Scouts to “make new friends and keep the old.” RSVPs are welcomed.

Please contact Debbie Swanson at Debbie.swanson@gscolorado.org or at 719-304-8322.

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

Fall Sale success

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THANK YOU to all of the girls, adult volunteers, and customers who helped make the 2016 Fall Sale Program a huge success! We had a 66% increase in girl participation from 2015 and a 74% increase in sales. Also, more than 3,500 girls earned the Fall Sale portion of the GSCO S’mores Club. Remember: To earn the S’mores Club reward, girls must also sell at least 275 packages of Girl Scout Cookies during the 2017 Cookie Sale Program.

All Fall Sale product has now been delivered to Service Unit Fall Sale Managers. Girl rewards have been ordered and will be delivered to Service Unit Fall Sale Managers the week of December 5, 2016. If you have questions or concerns, please email inquiry@gscolorado.org.