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National Cookie Link Launches February 1

This year, GSUSA is running a national campaign to encourage and support the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program by creating a national cookie link, or URL. Customers can enter their zip code and search the Cookie Finder to find a troop in their area that is selling cookies!

NOTE: Customers will have ONLY the options to place an order for shipped or donated when they select a troop URL through the Cookie Finder. TCMs will be responsible equally dividing the troop link cookie sales amongst the girls in the troop.

In order for troops to participate in the national campaign, the troop URL must be activated in Digital Cookie.

Once the troop URL link is activated, it will appear in the Cookie Finder on February 1.

For more detailed information and steps to activate link, check out these Digital Cookie Tip Sheets:

Troop Direct Ship Link

Troop Link Enabling Delivery

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National Service Project: Fighting Hunger

From Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)

More than 50 million adults, children, and families in the United States are experiencing food insecurity, a number that has only increased since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and may include members of our own communities, friends and family, or members of our troops, making this a sensitive and important take action issue for Girl Scouts.

As they think about how to give back this holiday season, girls can make a big difference in their communities—and for children around the world—by supporting hunger relief efforts. There are lots of ways for your troop to make an impact, whether you’re meeting safely in person or virtually and even if you aren’t able to give food directly:

(Hint: check out our detailed troop leader instructions (PDF) for helpful tips for each project!)

  1. Support a food drive in your community or organize your own (DOC)!
  2. Thank a Food Bank Hero! Write to a Food Bank Hero to show your troop’s appreciation and send encouragement for the hard and vital work they do. Mail your handwritten notes to your local food bank.
  3. Volunteer at a drive-thru food distribution program if there are COVID-safe options with local food banks in your area. (And if your troop is old enough!)

Once your troop has completed this service project, remember to:

  • Inspire others to give back! Post a photo of your project to your social networks using the hashtags #GirlScoutsGiveBack and #GSColo. Be sure to tag GSCO on FacebookTwitter, or  Instagram.
  • Complete GSUSA’s survey so your troop’s impact can be counted in our national service projects.
  • If you wish to recognize your troop’s participation with a patch, we recommend this Girl Scouts Give Back patch.

For all National Service Project activities taking place during COVID-19, please make sure that your troop complies with health and safety guidelines given by the CDC, your local government, and your local Girl Scout council.

Check out more detailed guidance:

Instructions for Troop Leaders (PDF)

Food Drive Toolkit (DOC) 

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.

GSCO System Upgrade: Update for November 18, 2020

We’re getting an upgrade! In early December 2020, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) will release a refreshed member account management system. The upgraded system will provide increased visibility to your Girl Scout member account, make it simpler to manage and maintain household (and for troop leaders, troop memberships too!), and find more fun for your girl!

To prepare for the system upgrade, the myGS tab on the GSCO website will be inaccessible from November 18 – December 3. This means that you will be unable to access your member profile, the Volunteer Toolkit, and gsLearn.

Please watch for an email from Girl Scouts in early December announcing the debut of our refreshed member account management system, as well as updated login information and instructions for accessing your account.

To continue the fun with your Girl Scout(s) during this time, visit the Girl Scouts at Home section on the GSCO website for badge and Journey activities, service projects, patches, and event recordings that you can use either in-person or virtually. You can also visit the Girl Scout Shop for printed or downloadable program materials by badge and Journey.

Thank you for your patience while we work to enhance your Girl Scout member experience.

Have questions or need additional assistance? Email inquiry@gscolorado.org.

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.

Awesome Girls: Marketing Me!

This program is hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA).

Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are invited to Awesome Girls: Marketing Me! on December 1, 2020 from 4-5 p.m.

Register now: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7941283615771306251

You’re great. So, how do you share your accomplishments and talents with others without under selling your skills or seeming too conceited? It can be hard to talk about yourself, so we are here to help! Join us as we hear from three inspiring job recruiters about how to advocate for yourself, build your skills, and tell your story to colleges, employers, and even your cookie customers!

This interactive event will connect you to three experts from RSM who will share their career journey and a little about their past. You’ll learn what it means to think like an entrepreneur and how to market to your customers in the upcoming Girl Scout Cookie season. Then, you’ll have a chance to have your own career exploration questions answered and hear questions from your Girl Scout peers.

RSM is a leading audit, tax and consulting firm , and they can’t wait to share their knowledge and experience with you!

This program is designed for girls in middle and high school. The event will inspire you to get started on a Girl Scout badge, like Business Etiquette or My Portfolio, and prepare you to let your skills shine as you connect with cookie customers.

Please note, this event begins at 6 p.m. Eastern, 5 p.m. Central, 4 p.m. Mountain, and 3 p.m. Pacific. We acknowledge that the timing may not work with your schedule; you can register and view the playback when it is convenient for you!

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.

Awesome Girls: Future Me – Entrepreneurship and Career Exploration Virtual Event sponsored by RSM

Do you ever wonder about future you?  Understanding yourself and your values is a great first step to getting started. On Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at 4 p.m. MST, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can hear from three inspiring women about their path to their current careers as they share tips and ideas for how to tap into your own passions, interests, talents, and values to imagine your future. You’ll be introduced to journaling as a way to track your goals and interests, learn what it means to think like an entrepreneur, and be challenged to make a big pitch for the upcoming Girl Scout Cookie season or your own next big idea.

Register now: https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1364098&tp_key=0714ebb306

This interactive event will connect you to three experts from RSM who will share their career journey and a little about their past. You will have a chance to have your own career exploration questions answered and hear questions from your Girl Scout peers.

RSM is a multi-national network of accounting firms, forming one of the largest financial professional services networks in the world, and they can’t wait to share their knowledge and experience with you!

This program is open to girls in middle and high school. The event will inspire you to get started on a badge of your choice.

Please note, this event begins at 6 p.m. Eastern, 5 p.m. Central, 4 p.m. Mountain, and 3 p.m. Pacific. We acknowledge that the timing may not work with your schedule; you can register and view the playback when it is convenient for you!

This program is hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA.

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.

Listen Now: Meet an Expert – GSUSA State Advocacy Manager

Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) State Advocacy Manger, Corinne Pickus, for co-hosting our “Meet an Expert” webinar. More than 15 Girl Scouts from across Colorado participated in this webinar on October 20, 2020. Missed it? Listen to the recording HERE.

Corinne works in the Girl Scout Advocacy Center based in Washington, D.C. The Girl Scout State Advocacy Center provides a tool for you to become a voice for girls and make a difference in your community and across the nation. Together, we can educate policymakers and community leaders on issues that directly affect girls and Girl Scouts. By being an advocate, you will have an impact on girl policy issues moving through Congress and state legislatures.

During the webinar, Corinne spoke with girls about her experience as a student at University of Colorado, Boulder and interning for Governor Polis when he was a state representative. She told girls about how she developed an interest in advocacy and how we can all be advocates every day. She even shared a few of her most memorable experiences as an advocacy manager including organizing a campout for Girl Scouts on the White House lawn in 2015.

Anyone interested in joining Girl Scout’s advocacy efforts can join the Girl Scout Advocacy Center by signing up online today: https://www.girlscouts.org/en/about-girl-scouts/advocacy/the-girl-scout-advocacy-center/join.html.

Girl Scouts who participated in the live session or listen to the recording can purchase their “Meet an Expert” patch online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/gsco-shop.html

View and sign up for upcoming “Meet an Expert” sessions on the GSCO events calendar: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events/event-list.html?q=meet+an+expert

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

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.

Tips for Troop Leaders LIVE: Bringing the World to Your Girls… From Home!

There’s a big, amazing world out there, and you can still experience it with your girls! In a webcast with Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 6 p.m. mountain time, Girl Scout volunteers will discover what global Girl Scouting is all about, what global programming looks like right now, and how troop leaders can help their girls connect with the world throughout the year—yes, even if you’re meeting virtually!

Register now: https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1372781&tp_key=c84086775f

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.

Awesome Girls: On My Own

Ready to start owning your future? Being financially savvy is the first step to getting started. Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) invites you to the “Awesome Girls: Owning My Future” webinar on October 21, 2020. You’ll hear from financial management experts as you learn to build and practice smart budgeting habits, prepare for financial emergencies, navigate loans, and build good credit. You’ll jumpstart your budgeting habits with an interactive budget activity plus tips on what tools can help you track your budget.

Register here: https://goto.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1381860&tp_key=73eecc77eb

This interactive event will connect you to two experts from RSM who will share their knowledge of personal financial management. You will have a chance to have your own financial management questions answered and hear questions from your Girl Scout peers.

RSM is a multi-national network of accounting firms, forming one of the largest financial professional services networks in the world, and they can’t wait to share their knowledge and experience with you!

This program is designed for teens plus young adults and alums who recently graduated. The event will put Girl Scouts on the path towards earning their Ambassador On My Own badge.

Please note, this event begins at 5 p.m. Mountain time. We acknowledge that the timing may not work with your schedule; you can register and view the playback when it is more convenient!

By joining us on October 21, 2020 you will also have a chance to be in a special drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to the Girl Scout Shop or an awesome tablet. Must be under 21 years of age at the time of entry to enter the drawing. All entries by entrants under 13 years of age, must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian on behalf of such Entrants.

This program is hosted by GSUSA.

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.

Meet an Expert: GSUSA State Advocacy Manager

Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to learn about how Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) advocates on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 from 4 – 5 p.m. A representative from the GSUSA Public Policy and Advocacy Office will talk with girls about how GSUSA works across party lines with Congress and the Executive Branch to raise awareness about issues important to girls and young women. Through their efforts, they demonstrate to policymakers that Girl Scouts are a resource – and an authority – on issues affecting girls and Girl Scouts. After a short presentation, our expert will answer questions from Girl Scouts! Please submit your questions for our expert upon registration. If time allows, we will also take questions live through the chat box. Register now: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/events-repository/2020/meet_an_expert_gsusa.html

We will use Zoom to host this webinar. All information on how to join online or via phone will be emailed out to registrants the day before the webinar. Each individual participant should be registered so we can track participation. Please do not share the information on how to join with others who have not registered. The webinar will be recorded and posted to GSCO’s YouTube channel for girls to access in the future.

Questions? Email aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org. If you are having trouble completing registration, please contact inquiry@gscolorado.org or 877-404-5708.

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.

Everything You Need to Know About “Driving My Financial Future” Virtual Events

From Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)

It’s hard not to reflect on how women and girls have historically been deterred from focusing on finances because of societal norms and laws. If you want to help the girl in your life take charge of her financial future while having a blast learning new skills and building confidence, claim your spot today for our interactive virtual events developed with Toyota Financial Services!
Every event is focused on grade-appropriate topics that girls care about. And the best part? Your Girl Scout will get a chance to earn her Financial Literacy badges when she participates.
All events will be available for replay, so if you can’t make it live, no worries. Simply register and use the link in your email confirmation to tune in when you can.
Help Your Girl Take Charge of Her Financial Future
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 8:00 PM ET 

Register HERE

Financial literacy is all about teaching your girl to set goals and create the future she wants for herself. And Girl Scouts can help her do it! In this webcast for parents and troop leaders, you’ll discover all the ways girls can become financially savvy through Girl Scouts and can approach saving, spending, and money management at any grade level.

2. Awesome Girls: Budgeting for a Birthday Bash
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | 5:00 PM ET

Register HERE

Join us as we use a budget to purchase items for a birthday party honoring Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low! Girls will learn about buying on a budget through fun hands-on experiences—no supplies needed! This event is for Girl Scout Juniors and non-Girl Scouts in fifth and sixth grades.

3. Awesome Girls: Check Out the Fine Print!
Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 5:00 PM ET 

Register HERE  

It’s always important to read the fine print, especially when making purchases with a credit card! Learn how to use an online comparison-shopping chart to find the best deals to maximize your money. This event is for Girl Scout Cadettes and non-Girl Scouts in –sixth through eighth grades.

4. Awesome Girls: Buying Power!
Thursday, December 17, 2020 | 5:00 PM ET 

Register HERE  

Calculate the long-term costs of your wants and needs! Girls will complete activities to understand the true cost of their purchases, whether they’re buying a car or a new cell phone. By asking the right questions, girls learn to better evaluate their purchases and uncover hidden costs. This event is for Girl Scout Seniors and non-Girl Scouts in –ninth and tenth grades.

5. Awesome Girls: Building a Good Credit Score Score
Thursday, January 28, 2021 | 5:00 PM ET

Register HERE

Girls will learn how to build their credit score to qualify to buy their first car! Through examples, girls see what they should and shouldn’t do to build strong credit. We will also discuss why having a good credit score helps people pay less monthly and have better interest on credit purchases. Most importantly, girls will hear from the experts themselves about the process of establishing healthy credit. This event is for Girl Scout Ambassadors and non-Girl Scouts in 11th and 12th grades.

Be sure to tag @gscolo and @girlscouts to show off your new badges and to let other Girl Scouts know how you liked the virtual events! You can also check out Girl Scouts at Home—our hub of online activities, including some for financial literacy.

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.