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!
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.
On May 10, 2018, three Girl Scout troops from the Denver Metro region delivered more than 18,000 packages of Hometown Hero Girl Scout Cookies to military and personnel at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora. While three troops helped with the delivery, the cookies themselves were donated by at least a dozen troops, including: 62589, 65412, 61281, 60900, 65486, 13461, 61414, 65478, 60238, 65431, 64522, and 61053. Some of the cookies will also be delivered to Military Family Assistance programs.
Troop 65698 in Denver delivered 163 packages of donated Girl Scout Cookies to their Hometown Hero, Denver Dumb Friends League, to say thank you to the staff and volunteers who care for and find homes for animals. We also earned our Brownie “Pets” badge here earlier this spring, so the troop voted to spend a third of their cookie sale earnings to buy $500 worth of supplies for the DDFL. They donated cookies, pet food, treats, toys, and other wish list items.
Troop 43893 chose Honor Flight of Southern Colorado as one of our Hometown Heroes this year. This organization transports heroes to Washington D.C. to visit and reflect at war memorials. A few of our girls were able to meet two of the amazing veterans flying out on the next Honor Flight and give them 60 packages of Girl Scout Cookies. It was a thrill to meet these heroes and send them off to with some delicious treats.
Girl Scout Troop 65889 donated 329 packages of Girl Scout Cookies to the Children’s Hospital Colorado, South Campus. During their cookie booths this season, the girls filled out donation slips for each customer with their name and amount they contributed. We made a banner to show how many people in the community support the hospital.
Walden’s multi-level troop recently participated in a first aid class with Christine Redman, their troop leader and lifeguard instructor, and Matt Blecha, a local firefighter, EMT, and Emergency Outdoor Specialist. During the session, each girl learned basic first aid and made her own first aid kit. Later that week, the troop donated packages of Hometown Hero Girl Scout Cookies to their high school girl’s basketball team, the North Park Lady Cats, who are headed to state championship playoffs for the first time in nine years!
Second half of Cookie Program off to a great start
We’re past the halfway point in this year’s Girl Scout Cookie Program, and girls are still out selling and practicing their newly acquired business skills. Inventory management is key for girls and troops. Before ordering more cookies from your local cupboard, please reach out to troops in your service unit for troop-to-troop transfers of inventory. Troops should not hold onto Hometown Hero cookies; you will be able to pull additional cookies to fill Hometown Hero orders or use any remaining inventory at the end of the program for these donated cookies.
Now is a great time to increase your Hometown Hero sales. If customers say they’ve already purchased cookies, tell them about your Hometown Hero and they might purchase a few more packages to donate. Make a Hometown Hero poster to display at your next booth. Use the goal tracker to show how many packages of cookies your troop has collected so far for your Hometown Hero and what your goal is. Wrap a few packages at your table in the Hometown Heroes box wrap to attract additional attention.
Important booth reminder
Troops are not allowed to be inside of King Soopers, City Market, Safeway, Sam’s Club, or Walmart stores, no matter what the manager says. We have an agreement with the corporate entities for these locations that our troops are to only sell outside. To ensure that we have the opportunity to continue to sell at these locations moving forward, all troops must remain outside while selling cookies.
S’mores selling tips
Got plenty of Girl Scout S’mores in your inventory? Try these selling tips:
Lead with Girl Scout S’mores. When a customer walks up to your booth, say “Hello, have you had the chance to try the new Girl Scout S’mores Cookie?”
Open one package of Girl Scout S’mores (you will have to pay for it), break the cookies into small samples, and place on a nice plate to offer customers a taste test.
Bundle up a package of Girl Scout S’mores, Thin Mints, Samoas, and Tagalongs for a chocolate-lovers bundle. Tie a pretty ribbon and put a $17 price tag on it. When customers pay with a $20, make sure to ask if they’d like to donate the change toward Hometown Hero cookies.
Remind customers that Girl Scout Cookies come only once a year. They’ll need to stock up now to enjoy some this summer!
Print out recipes for S’more Campfire Cupcakes and offer these to customers who buy more than one package of Girl Scout S’mores.
Earn the Gift of Caring Patch
Salute America’s heroes by selling 50 (or more) packages of Gift of Caring Girl Scout Cookies by Sunday, March 11, 2018. Any Girl Scout who does will receive a free, special-order fun patch after completing this online form. Be sure to include your goals and troop number, along with a fun pic of you and your troop. The deadline to complete the form is Tuesday, March 13, 2018.
This patch is for Girl Scouts of Colorado girl members only
Mia has set a goal to sell 7,000 packages of Girl Scout Cookies. When she sets her mind to something, she goes for it. Her Hometown Hero is an animal shelter in Denver. She also plans to make blankets and treats for the animals there.