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Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana volunteer Amy Winstead shares tips for navigating eBudde™ Troop App Plus

From Little Brownie Bakers

Amy Winstead of Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana is a troop leader and area cookie chair. When we talked to her in early January, she was busy helping 30 troops prepare for booth sales. She had the challenge of working out logistics and resolving issues along the way.

The eBudde Troop App Plus is a tool Amy says she uses to get things done on the go, and she has several tips for volunteers who are just learning how to navigate the app and its features.

Amy’s tips for new cookie volunteers

  • Explore the eBudde desktop site first to get a good feel for what’s there. The large format helps you get a bird’s-eye view of the system.
  • Then, download the eBudde Troop App Plus. Almost everything that you see on the desktop is on the app, so you can do most of your work from your phone on the go.
  • Keep eBudde and the receipt book updated, and you’ll have everything you need.
  • Keep it simple and don’t recreate the wheel. If all the information is in eBudde, someone can easily get remote help when needed.
  • Amy is looking forward to seeing how the app’s Cookie Exchange feature helps troops manage their inventory this year. There are always troops that need to exchange with other troops, especially toward the end of the season.

Amy’s tips for experienced cookie volunteers

  • Tired of leaving a meeting only to have “homework” to do? No more. Pull up the eBudde Troop App. Plus, write your receipt and do your data entry right there, where the girls can get more cookies.
  • You know certain booth locations are big opportunities and they fill up fast. Use the app to sign up to be notified if a time slot becomes available in a particular location you like.
  • Remember, if you can’t make your booth time, be sure to drop it in eBudde. The app makes it easy to do this, so we can be considerate of others who would like that slot.
  • If you’re leading older girls, consider letting them enter their own cookie orders into the app.

Because the app is formatted to show one girl at a time, you can keep the other girls’ information private.

“Our goal is to have the girls run the business in high school, so the technology aspect is important,” says Amy, whose own troop is comprised of Girl Scout Cadettes. “We want to get the girls involved in the app, so they are truly managing their own sale.”

Amy’s tips for area cookie chairs

  • Sometimes, two troops arrive for the same booth time and location. Use eBudde as the final word. Have everyone open the app to see who is supposed to be at the booth—and then use the app to find a nearby open booth for the other troop.
  • Helping troop volunteers with eBudde is easy with the app. You can walk them through issues step by step because you can see everything they see.
  • To prevent errors or misunderstandings, it’s generally best to refrain from editing a troop’s information unless you have permission from the volunteer.
  • One of the main jobs of the area cookie chair is connecting who needs cookies with who has too many. Encourage people to use the app’s Cookie Exchange feature to make it easier on everyone.

Adding new girls to the Girl Scout Cookie Program®? eBudde™ can help!

Even before the official start of the Girl Scout Cookie Season, the eBudde Troop App Plus is ready to make your life easy. You have lots of girls participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, and the eBudde app allows volunteers to add and edit girl information with the tap of a button. Best of all, busy volunteers can make these updates on the go, on their mobile device!

Click here to learn more.

 

Colorado Girl Scouts featured in Girl Scout Cookie Program materials

If you notice something familiar about the materials for the 2019- 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program from Little Brownie Bakers, you should! The Girl Scouts and locations featured on posters, informational brochures, motivational videos, etc. are all from COLORADO!

In October of 2017, a team from LBB visited locations along the Front Range, including Tomahawk Ranch,  to feature Colorado Girl Scouts as true cookie entrepreneurs who shine as present and future leaders. Girl Scouts showcased how they use five Girl Scouting skills to reach their cookie goals and fund their big adventures.

To see more photos taken for the 2019- 2020 Girl Scout Cookie Program, head to our Flickr page.

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Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) is part of Girl Scouts of the USA, the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. As one of 112 Girl Scout councils across the country, GSCO has a 100-year history of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Little Brownie Bakers is one of two bakers licensed by Girl Scouts of the USA and has been baking Girl Scout Cookies since 1973. Little Brownie Bakers’ mission is to provide cookies and support services of the highest quality to Girl Scout councils to help teach girls a wide range of life skills and generate income for Girl Scout troops and councils via the annual Cookie Program.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program® is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world and helps girls earn money for educational activities, community projects and travel opportunities. All net revenue raised from cookie sales (100 percent) stays with the local councils and troops.

 

New resources from Little Brownie Bakers

Little Brownie Bakers has a variety of new and exciting resources to help you successfully manage and navigate the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program. This includes more than a dozen eBudde training videos, which you can find of LBB’s YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/LittleBrownieBakers/videos Topics range from troop initial orders to troop booth signups to troop sales report.

The eBudde Troop App is also now LIVE and available for download in the App Store and for Google Play. This app brings the power of eBudde desktop technology to phone and tablet devices. With this free mobile app, you can:

  • Track and submit girl cookie orders for both traditional and digital sales
  • Easily track amounts due and paid
  • Order girl rewards and never miss a deadline
  • Monitor troop sales data and generate troop sales reports
  • See when and where cookies will be delivered
  • Stay in the know with access to calendar dates and messages
  • Many other capabilities are built right into eBudde!

The eBudde Troop App is exactly what volunteers need to manage the cookie season—wherever they are, on the go. As your baker partner, LBB has exactly what you need to get the word out. LBB’s eBudde Instructional Video gives volunteers a quick overview of the app and its capabilities. For a complete list of capabilities, volunteers can download our eBudde App Flyer.

 

Colorado Girl Scouts spotlighted as the future of the Girl Scout Cookie Program®  

Colorado Girl Scouts are unleashing the power of G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to accomplish amazing things.

In fact, Colorado Girl Scouts were so successful during the 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Season that Little Brownie Bakers® plans to feature the girls in its national promotional campaign for the 2019-2020 season. The girls will be spotlighted in marketing materials ranging from informational brochures to motivational videos.

In 2017, through the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program, 16,000 Girl Scouts® in Colorado sold about 4.5 million packages of cookies. Of this total, 357,409 were sold online through the Girl Scouts Digital Cookie™ platform, an easy-to-use online tool that helps girls superpower their sale.

Determined to succeed, and supported by volunteers, Colorado Girl Scouts met their cookie goals early on. Once girls delivered on their goals, they set new milestones and accomplished even more.

Colorado Girl Scouts achieved a per-girl average of 273 boxes sold. The top seller in the state moved more than 7,000 packages of cookies.

Add up all the numbers, and it’s easy to see Colorado Girl Scouts are true cookie entrepreneurs who shine as present and future leaders.

The Little Brownie team appreciated how many girls took the lead and used both traditional and digital marketing strategies to reach high goals.

Over the next few months, LBB marketing representatives will travel to Colorado, with their video/photography crew, to interview Girl Scouts statewide about how they use five Girl Scouting skills to reach their cookie goals and fund their big adventures. Girl Scouts of Colorado will be looking for girls to participate in this special opportunity and others. If you’re the parent or guardian of a Colorado Girl Scout who might be interested, please email GSCO Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

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Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) is part of Girl Scouts of the USA, the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. As one of 112 Girl Scout councils across the country, GSCO has a 100-year history of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Little Brownie Bakers is one of two bakers licensed by Girl Scouts of the USA and has been baking Girl Scout Cookies since 1973. Little Brownie Bakers’ mission is to provide cookies and support services of the highest quality to Girl Scout councils to help teach girls a wide range of life skills and generate income for Girl Scout troops and councils via the annual Cookie Program.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program® is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world and helps girls earn money for educational activities, community projects and travel opportunities. All net revenue raised from cookie sales (100 percent) stays with the local councils and troops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tag along with Twyla

From Little Brownie Bakers

What an exciting cookie season! From the new Girl Scout S’mores™ to the high-flying owl mascot, this season has been an adventure. Congratulations on everything you have achieved so far.

Girls will be especially excited if they have earned Twyla, the fluffy owl plush. Remind girls they can go to the My Cookie Friend website and enter the secret code from Twyla’s hangtag. The code allows them to unlock special features in the game “Color Me Twyla.” Send this ready-to-go email to volunteers to remind them of the fun in store for girls.

We’re planning the next adventure!

My Cookie Friend is open year-round to pump up girl excitement about participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program® and achieving their goals. Girls love getting a sneak peek into next year’s cookie fun and look forward to earning the next mascot. For next cookie season, the site will be transformed into a “turtle-y awesome” adventure for girls. They’ll even meet a real Girl Scout who is passionate about conserving marine life.

At Little Brownie, we’re always looking for ways to make girl rewards even more rewarding.

Cookie Captains of Highlands Ranch

Submitted by Katy Herstein

Highlands Ranch

Denver Metro

Four Cadette Girl Scouts in Highlands Ranch went through the Cookie Captain program, led by their SUCM and SUM this cookie season.

The girls spent five meeting with these leaders, learning about mentoring younger Girl Scouts through the cookie season.

Through the meetings, the girls worked on plans for the area’s cookie rally, where they would showcase setting goals, safety when selling, money management, and booth sales.

The girls also worked on a social media campaign! They titled it “S’more News from your Cookie Captains.”

Emails/Facebook posts contained: information about setting goals and budgeting, the interactive Little Brownie Bakers cookie planner program, cookie badges at each level, Twyla the Owl storybook to read to their troops, and more!

Early in our Cookie Captain meetings, we talked about how our goal was to (a) get Daisies and Brownies in our service unit excited about cookies and (b) to help the leaders prepare for cookie season.

Little Brownie Bakers provided the program and adults helped the girls to become excellent Cookie Captains!

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