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I đź’š Fall Product Program: Leah from Littleton

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 2020 Fall Product Program is now underway, and there’s still plenty of time for you to get started! Fall Product Program is a great way for troops (both new and existing) to earn proceeds to use for Girl Scout activities throughout the year or to get one step closer to reaching their next goal. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/per item for nuts and chocolates sold.

GSCO Media Star and Girl Scout Senior Leah from Littleton told us what she likes about this program:

How many years have you participated in Fall Product Program?

6 years

Do you like creating an avatar that looks like you?

Yes

Do you record a message too?

Yes

What do you like about having an online storefront?

It’s easier for me to manage without holding products in my house. Its also great advertising with easy to use purchasing and reasonable shipping for out of town or state friends and family.

Is the online storefront easy to connect with family, friends, and other customers?

Yes

Is the online storefront fun to use?

Yes, it is easy to keep track of my goals, rewards, and sales.

What tips for success would you share with girls who are participating for the first time?

Make sure to get your mom or dad to help advertise for you and send emails to friends and family. The more excited you are and ask for help, the more your mom or dad will be excited to.

What nut or candy item (s) do your customers like best?

Chocolate Covered Almonds

What has your troop done with Fall Product Program troop proceeds that you’ve earned?

We use our funds all year-round for activities and camp, but this year, we are saving for a trip to Utah next summer to visit national parks.

What’s the coolest reward that you have earned?

The charm bracelet and charms through S’mores Club, and this year, my goal is to earn the customized Converse shoes.

Thank you, Leah, for sharing your experience and tips with other Girl Scouts!

Want to participate? You’ll find the M2OS log-in instructions and set-up instructions, family guides, and an order card that shows all girl rewards are on the Fall Product Program page of the GSCO website. Parents/caregivers can also watch the How to Get Started in M2OS – For Families video and learn how to help their Girl Scout.

Need more information? Go to the Fall Product Program page on our website: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/fall-product-program.html and check out the Fall Product Program weekly update videos posted to the GSCO Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Questions about Fall Product Program or need assistance? We are here to support you! Contact GSCO customer care at 1-877-404-5708 or 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.

I đź’š Fall Product Program: Alison from Thornton

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 2020 Fall Product Program is now underway, and there’s still plenty of time for you to get started! Fall Product Program is a great way for troops (both new and existing) to earn proceeds to use for Girl Scout activities throughout the year or to get one step closer to reaching their next goal. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/per item for nuts and chocolates sold.

GSCO Media Star and Girl Scout Cadette Alison from Troop 62816 in Thornton told us what she likes about this program:

How many years have you participated in Fall Product Program?

I have participated in Fall Product Program for seven years.

Do you like creating an avatar that looks like you? Do you record a message too?

I love creating an avatar that looks like me! Although I usually don’t record a message for my avatar, it’s still very fun! 

What do you like about having an online storefront? Is it easy to connect with family, friends, and other customers? Is it fun to use?

The thing that I like about having an online storefront is that I can see what my achievements are, and they are turned into little medals and trophies, and other cool things! Using this online platform, it’s very easy to send emails to friends and family, and they include the link to my entire campaign. And, I think it’s fun to use because it’s interactive, modern, and inspiring. 

What tips for success would you share with girls who are participating for the first time?

A tip for other girls is that: Check your online store, so you can see how much people have bought products online, so you can have an idea of how much you have left to sell before you reach your goal. And, another tip, is that you can ask people in person that you know, but you don’t have their email and they might buy products from you. 

What nut or candy item(s) do your customers like best?

The products that my customers usually buy are Dulce Daisies and Peanut Butter Monkeys.

What has your troop done with Fall Product Program troop proceeds that you’ve earned?

With the proceeds, my troop usually uses the money to buy the badges that we complete. 

What’s the coolest reward that you have earned?

The coolest reward that I’ve earned is to be a part of S’mores Club. If you participate in Fall Product Program, sell 15 Nuts or Candies, send 15 emails during the program, and sell 400 packages of cookies, during cookie season, you can be a part of the S’mores Club. You will earn a personalized patch, with your avatar in it, and very cool special prizes! For this year, if you do all of the requirements for S’mores Club, you get customized Converse Shoes and a specialized S’mores Club avatar patch. That’s pretty cool for me! Good luck with your Fall Product Program!

Thank you, Alison, for sharing your experience and tips with other Girl Scouts!

Want to participate? You’ll find the M2OS log-in instructions and set-up instructions, family guides, and an order card that shows all girl rewards are on the Fall Product Program page of the GSCO website. Parents/caregivers can also watch the How to Get Started in M2OS – For Families video and learn how to help their Girl Scout.

Need more information? Go to the Fall Product Program page on our website: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/fall-product-program.html and check out the Fall Product Program weekly update videos posted to the GSCO Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Questions about Fall Product Program or need assistance? We are here to support you! Contact GSCO customer care at 1-877-404-5708 or 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.

I đź’š Fall Product Program: Emma from Highlands Ranch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 2020 Fall Product Program is now underway, and there’s still plenty of time for you to get started! Fall Product Program is a great way for troops (both new and existing) to earn proceeds to use for Girl Scout activities throughout the year or to get one step closer to reaching their next goal. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/per item for nuts and chocolates sold.

GSCO Media Star Emma from Highlands Ranch told us what she likes about this program:

How many years have you participated in Fall Product Program?

Four Years

Do you like creating an avatar that looks like you? Do you record a message too?

Yes, I love making my own avatar and seeing my friends’ avatars. I have been making a video for my online store for the last couple of years. 

What do you like about having an online storefront? Is it easy to connect with family, friends, and other customers? Is it fun to use? 

I love my online storefront because it makes Fall Product Program so easy. I just send out emails from M2, and my friends and family can buy delicious treats and magazines from my online store. 

What tips for success would you share with girls who are participating for the first time?

The biggest tip I can give girls is to send out as many emails as you can. The Fall Product Program items are so delicious, people will buy them. 

What nut or candy item(s) do your customers like best?

My customers like the Peppermint Bark and Mint Trefoils. They are both delicious! 

What has your troop done with Fall Product Program troop proceeds that you’ve earned?

My troop has used a portion of the proceeds from Fall Product Program to pay for our own activities and help the community. Last year, we used our money to buy holiday gifts for more than 20 families at a Title 1 school in our community. We are also going rock climbing this weekend! 

What’s the coolest reward that you have earned?

The coolest reward I received from Fall Product Program was the Cookie Cart. I use it every year to sell and deliver Girl Scout Cookies. 

Thank you, Emma, for sharing your experience and tips with other Girl Scouts!

Want to participate? You’ll find the M2OS log-in instructions and set-up instructions, family guides, and an order card that shows all girl rewards are on the Fall Product Program page of the GSCO website. Parents/caregivers can also watch the How to Get Started in M2OS – For Families video and learn how to help their Girl Scout.

Need more information? Go to the Fall Product Program page on our website: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/fall-product-program.html and check out the Fall Product Program weekly update videos posted to GSCO Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Questions about Fall Product Program or need assistance? We are here to support you! Contact GSCO customer care at 1-877-404-5708 or 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.

I đź’š Fall Product Program: Hailey from Arvada

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 2020 Fall Product Program is now underway, and there’s still plenty of time for you to get started! Fall Product Program is a great way for troops (both new and existing) to earn proceeds to use for Girl Scout activities throughout the year or to get one step closer to reaching their next goal. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/per item for nuts and chocolates sold.

GSCO Media Star Hailey from Arvada told us what she likes about this program:

How many years have you participated in Fall Product Program?

I have been doing the Fall Product Program for three to four years

Do you like creating an avatar that looks like you? Do you record a message too?

Yes. I like to create an avatar because I can make her look just like me and I love it, it makes me feel like I have a mini fairy. For some years, I have recorded a message and other years not, but I like it either way.

What do you like about having an online storefront? Is it easy to connect with family, friends and other customers? Is it fun to use?

I like this because I can send the link to family who live outside the state. It is easy and fun to use.   

What tips for success would you share with girls who are participating for the first time?

Share with everyone and have a great goal! People like to know what you are going to do with the money you earn.

What nut or candy item (s) do your customers like best?

They like a little bit of everything. I always mention the Peanut Butter Monkeys.

What has your troop done with Fall Product Program troop proceeds that you’ve earned?

We use this money for supplies for the year.

What’s the coolest reward that you have earned?

S’mores Club stuff

Thank you, Hailey, for sharing your experience and tips with other Girl Scouts!

Want to participate? You’ll find the M2OS log-in instructions and set-up instructions, family guides, and an order card that shows all girl rewards are on the Fall Product Program page of the GSCO website. Parents/caregivers can also watch the How to Get Started in M2OS – For Families video and learn how to help their Girl Scout.

Need more information? Go to the Fall Product Program page on our website: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/fall-product-program.html and check out the Fall Product Program weekly update videos posted to GSCO Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Questions about Fall Product Program or need assistance? We are here to support you! Contact GSCO customer care at 1-877-404-5708 or 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.

I đź’š Fall Product Program: Juliette from Parker

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s 2020 Fall Product Program is now underway, and there’s still plenty of time for you to get started! Fall Product Program is a great way for troops (both new and existing) to earn proceeds to use for Girl Scout activities throughout the year or to get one step closer to reaching their next goal. All troops receive 13% of their magazine orders as troop proceeds, plus $1/per item for nuts and chocolates sold.

GSCO Media Star Juliette from Parker told us what she likes about this program:

How many years have you participated in Fall Product Program

This is my fifth year participating in the Fall Product Program.

Do you like creating an avatar that looks like you? Do you record a message too?

I like to express how I look at myself when creating the avatar.

What do you like about having an online storefront? Is it easy to connect with family, friends and other customers? Is it fun to use?

It’s easier to use the online storefront since family and friends can order on their own time, and  they can also take their time in deciding what they want.

What tips for success would you share with girls who are participating for the first time?

Those that aren’t interested don’t have to say no directly to you, but (they can) feel free to continue sharing your personalized shopping link.

What nut or candy item (s) do your customers like best?

Nana really likes the Pecan Supremes and Pa enjoys anything with peppermint. You can’t go wrong with chocolate.

What has your troop done with Fall Product Program troop proceeds that you’ve earned?

My troop uses the funds we earn to go on camping trips.

What’s the coolest reward that you have earned?

I like to earn rewards for a plush animal. This year’s theme is the sloth.

Thank you, Juliette, for sharing your experience and tips with other Girl Scouts!

Want to participate? You’ll find the M2OS log-in instructions and set-up instructions, family guides, and an order card that shows all girl rewards are on the Fall Product Program page of the GSCO website. Parents/caregivers can also watch the How to Get Started in M2OS – For Families video and learn how to help their Girl Scout.

Need more information? Go to the Fall Product Program page on our website: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/cookies/fall-product-program.html and check out the Fall Product Program weekly update videos posted to GSCO Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Questions about Fall Product Program or need assistance? We are here to support you! Contact GSCO customer care at 1-877-404-5708 or 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.

Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend: Cherry Creek State Park

Submitted by Sara Smaling

Metro Denver

Englewood

Brownie Troop 67255 celebrated Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend by enjoying a hike along the Pipeline and Wetlands Trail at Cherry Creek State Park.

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.

Juniors Explore The Scientific Method with Petri Dishes

Submitted by Karen Grealy

Metro Denver

Parker

Our Girl Scout Junior Troop explored The Scientific Method by forming a question and hypothesis about bacteria in their homes. Once they formed their hypothesis, they used agar plates to test and analyze their results. To the surprise of the Girl Scouts, the remote controls they tested grew more bacterial and mold colonies than the toilet, cat box, and boot samples. One girl had a tough time growing any bacteria. Her conclusion was that because she stored her petri dish in a windowsill, the UV rays killed her bacteria. The Girl Scouts are eager to start placing their remote controls in the sun to see if they get fewer bacterial colonies when they test again.

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.

Gold Award Girl Scout: Charlotte Blish, Arvada, “Watering Communities”

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

Watering Communities started as an education platform for local elementary schools to discuss how the lack of clean water impacts socio-economic and education resources in parts of Africa while combining into the Jefferson curriculum of “how one person can make a difference.” I authored curriculum for the classroom setting, small workshops, large workshop venues, and an after-school club. In addition, I established a 501c3 nonprofit titled Watering Communities to extend the curriculum globally and to be able to send first-aid kits with water filters to countries experiencing natural disasters. I worked with international schools in Hong Kong and Taiwan, helping author STEM curriculum for their science, technology, and field-work courses; where students learned how to create various water filters, code a problem-solving game while learning how water impacts education and health, and compete a curriculum workshop so students could apply their knowledge in a field-type setting outside of the classroom.

How did you measure the impact your Gold Award project made on your target audience?

Depending on the setting, it was measured by growth of knowledge either with a survey or group discussion. I measured if the students were able to apply the knowledge they had gained by recreating water experiments, building water filters, and applying the skills they had learned out in the field.

How is your project sustainable?

Watering Communities is sustainable two different ways:  As a 501c3 nonprofit with a board of directors and by a signed letter of commitment from Think International Primary. By establishing Watering Communities as a 501c3 with a board of directors, the board is able to proactively set goals on how to expand the educational components into additional overseas schools or organizations as well as monitoring water crises at the international level to send first-aid kits with water filters. Think International Primary enjoyed the custom-curriculum I wrote for them so much they are continuing to implement it at the fourth-grade level in their STEM classes. Students will learn about how water crisis can limit opportunities both physically and mentally, learn the science of water through an eight-week course, built prototype water filter models, and then apply the water filters into real world situations in a field setting. Think International Primary was inspired to also take on a fundraising component to help local children in their community.

What is your global or national connection?

Think International Primary of Hong Kong saw the webpage for Watering Communities and was curious about the curriculum specifically because it was oriented to towards elementary-age kids and was hands-on learning.  They reached out to me and we discussed what their needs were curriculum-wise, what additional resources I could help them with, and how the curriculum could apply to real life experiences outside of the classroom. Think International Primary asked me to custom-author a program to fit inside their eight-week STEM lesson plan based on learning about the scientific aspects of water, the properties of water, and how water affects people’s lives socially and economically. I built lesson plans to create water filtration systems, authored a software program to teach coding to students that emphasized the socio-economics of water in Africa, and planned workshop activities where the students could use all the skills they learned during a week-long camping expedition (think Outward Bound meets Outdoor Lab).  The students were so inspired by Watering Communities and working with me that they in turn wanted to help others. They hosted two fundraising events; one for recycling and one financial where the proceeds purchased water filters to be sent to a nonprofit in Thailand. It was during these additional events that Taipei Kuei Shan School heard about the program and adopted it in their curriculum as well. Taipei Kuei Shan School is also working with Watering Communities using the curriculum as a resource in their spring semester for 2020 and plans to again in 2021.

What did you learn about yourself?

When I began interviewing prospective candidates to be on the board of directors for Watering Communities, I felt confident and accomplished. I had taken every skill that I had learned throughout the years of Girl Scouts, from planning to problem solving, to delegating and taking the initiative, that I felt like the president of a company. I set out to educate my five local elementary schools about how something as simple as access to clean water can impact someone’s life and it grew beyond my wildest dreams to being a working 501c3, as well as making connections internationally in both Hong Kong and Taiwan. I initially thought I would run a couple of fun workshops and it grew into working hand-in-hand with our local teachers to supplement their curriculum, into authoring curriculum that is being used internationally in Hong Kong and Tawain, and into coding software for a game. Being able to see kids’ faces light up when they talk about their experiences with the curriculum was amazing.

How will earning your Gold Award impact you in the future?

By earning my Gold Award, I realized I can use a multitude of skills that will impact my future. I can choose from a variety of leadership skills like project management, delegating, training, and team collaboration. I can use soft skills like interviewing, giving positive feedback for reinforced behavior, and showing kindness to others. I know how to develop networks and how to build up those resources. I can author original curriculum and then customize it to be flexible in different learning environments. I know without a doubt I can take all these skills, and many, many more that I learned along the way while I earned my Gold Award, and apply them for the rest of my life.

Why do you feel the Gold Award was an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

I was very lucky that I had a leader who whole heartedly believed in Girl Scouts being a girl-led experience. She allowed us to plan. She allowed us to problem solve. She allowed us to be in charge. She encouraged us to see outside of the box and to travel; we camped almost every month of the year. Our troop did a group project for our Bronze Award by hosting a garage sale to raise money to purchase pet food and we also organized a blanket and towel donation program for the local pet shelter, and I loved it. I loved organizing and leading the other girls.  For our Silver Award, our troop decided we would earn our Silvers as individuals. When the Navy deploys a submarine for six months, families are allowed to send one shoebox of goodies to be opened at the mid-way point.  Because only 65% of families send shoeboxes, I organized a drive to collect paperback books, treats, snacks, card games, etc. for sailors who would not receive a box. I was able to send enough shoeboxes for two submarines and every sailor onboard also received a box of Thin Mints or Samoas. I knew I could work hard, plan a project from start to finish, and grow my leadership skills. When I worked on my Gold Award, I used all of the skills from making good eye contract during workshops (thank you cookie sales), learning about water as a resource (traveling to Costa Rica, Girl Scout Destinations), planning and organizing events (Father-Daughter dance with 200+ attendees per year, 2013-2018), being grateful (countless charitable experiences with Girl Scouts), and so many more experiences that I can’t list them all that I’ve had with Girl Scouts.  By earning my rank of Gold Award Girl Scout, I was proud of not just what I did to earn it, but of all the experiences that helped to make me the leader I am today.

How did earning your Gold Award help you become a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader?

I view myself as all of these things. Girl Scouting and the Gold Award helped me to become a well-rounded leader who has to be willing to take risks and be vulnerable. I could have simply run workshops and educated others about the impact of lack of access to clean water in rural Africa, and that would have been good enough to earn the Gold Award. I took a risk and authored curriculum for my local area schools and was inspired by the students’ questions and curiosity that I wanted to do more, so I set up and ran Watering Communities as a 501c3 nonprofit to try to get the word out. I had to innovate and custom-write curriculum for an international school in Hong Kong and then again in Taiwan. I had to be a go-getter when I was planning for how Watering Communities would continue function when I left for college.  Interviewing accomplished business leaders and selling them on the idea of being part of the dream so we could continue to work internationally was mind-blowing. The Gold Award process allowed me to use all my skills that I learned throughout scouting to accomplish the original goal and grow it into something grand.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog represents only a small fraction of the hard work, dedication, and requirements that go into earning a Girl Scout Gold Award. It is simply a brief summary, which is meant to inspire Girl Scouts to Go Gold in the future. For more information on earning your Gold Award, please email highestawards@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend: Cherry Creek State Park and Castlewood Canyon State Park

Submitted by Mackenzie W,

Metro Denver

Centennial/Aurora

I’m a Girl Scout Junior in Troop 547! I went to Cherry Creek State Park and Castlewood Canyon State Park! I like to get outdoors and have all summer, taking on a different hike almost once a week! I’ve seen many animals and plants and flowers and there is still so much to see! Hope you had as much fun as I did!

I really love getting outdoors and hiking and visiting as many state parks and national parks as I can!

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.

Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend: Castlewood Canyon State Park

Submitted by Rachel Soper

Metro Denver

Lone Tree

We had a great time hiking and exploring nature as a family!

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.