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Smart Cookie: March 18, 2019

A job well done!

Thank you for being a part of the world’s largest entrepreneurial program for girls! The Girl Scout Cookie Program in Colorado officially wrapped up on March 10. Our young entrepreneurs did an amazing job, and now’s the perfect time to celebrate their successes! Also, give yourselves a pat on the back because they couldn’t have done it without your guidance.

Deadline to deliver Hometown Hero cookies is June 28

Don’t forget to share photos of your Hometown Hero deliveries with us! We love seeing your girls in action, sharing their hard work, and putting smiles on their Hometown Heroes’ faces.

ACH Debit

The ACH debit of funds to council will occur on March 20.

Girl Scout Birthday

Last week was the 107th birthday of Girl Scouts! To celebrate Girl Scout Week 2019, Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting a photo challenge! Snowy weather and closed schools might have interrupted your Girl Scout Week plans last week, so we’re extending the celebration another week! Just submit your favorite Girl Scout photo and the story behind it using the Share Your Stories form. Winners will be featured in future GSCO marketing materials, on GSCO’s social media networks, and on the GSCO Blog.

Celebrating our Top Achievers

A special congratulations to the 695 girls who sold 1,000 or more packages of cookies this season! They are invited to celebrate their business success at a regional Top Achiever Event.

Top Achiever Events

June 8  – Elitch Gardens, Denver

June 8  – Glenwood Adventure Park, Glenwood Springs

June 15 – Renaissance Festival, Larkspur

June 22 – Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs

Each 1,000+ Top Achiever Event offers a ticket to get into the event for the girl and one adult. At the venue of your choice, you are able to enjoy any activities during the day. We provide a meal and award ceremony at each location.

More details will be sent out after selections have been made in eBudde. At that time, we will also know which venues have room for family members to also purchase tickets.

The top 100 cookie CEOs in the state will be invited to the Top 100 CEO event with one adult guest on June 1 in Denver.

Upcoming Dates

April 15

Cookie Credits begin being mailed directly to girls.

April 22

Cookie rewards begin to ship to service unit cookie managers.

April 30

Last day to sell excess inventory.

 

Smart Cookie: March 4, 2019

We’re in the final stretch of the Girl Scout Cookie Program and our young entrepreneurs are wrapping up their businesses for the season. It’s been an amazing program and we can’t thank you enough for the hard work, long hours, and endless enthusiasm you – our volunteers – provide to keep things running smoothly.

Check in with your girls to make sure no one has inventory they don’t think they can sell. If you need additional inventory to fill orders or for final booths, please check with troops in your service unit first for troop-to-troop transfers.

Hometown Hero booths

At this point in the program, many customers have already purchased cookies, but generous Coloradans are happy to support your Hometown Hero if you ask. Set up your remaining booth as a Hometown Hero booth, make a poster with images and facts about your hero organization, and when folks walk by your booth ask, “Would you like to purchase a package of Girl Scout Cookies for our Hometown Hero?” Tell them how many packages you’re hoping to collect and explain more about your hero and what they do.

You can also add, “We’ve got plenty of your favorite varieties if you want to stock your freezer until next year’s sale, too!”

“Uniform to Uniform” patch 

The first 200 Girl Scouts have claimed their “Uniform to Uniform” patch. However, it can still be earned and purchased in the GSCO Shop. Patches are $1.50/ each.

“Go for Bold” with Girl Scout S’mores

Everything is more fun with S’mores! The Girl Scout S’mores cookie is still a popular choice for customers this year. Hearing that customers want more S’mores, we have a fun promotion to support additional sales. You must complete the S’mores Form by 5 p.m. on March 12 to be entered into the drawing.

Learn more

Celebrate Girl Scout Week

To celebrate Girl Scout Week 2019, Girl Scouts of Colorado is hosting a photo challenge! Just submit your favorite Girl Scout photo and the story behind it using the Share Your Stories form. Winners will be featured in future GSCO marketing materials, on GSCO’s social media networks, and on the GSCO Blog.

Cookie program wrap-up

  • Allocate cookies: Make sure all the cookies in your troop’s inventory are allocated to girls in your troop. There should be no cookies in the troop cupboard that are not allocated to girls in the troop. Once everything is allocated, remind your girls to select their rewards. Reward orders are due in eBudde by 8 p.m. March 12. Don’t forget, girls have the option of holding Cookie Credits at council to be applied to summer camp fees.
  • Money problem reporting: Money Problem Reports are due by 5 p.m. on March 15. To file, you’ll need the total amount of uncollected debt, the basic contact information for the person responsible for the debt, and a description of the situation and supporting documentation.
  • If your girls sold 50 or more Gift of Caring packages, don’t forget to submit the form by March 12 to receive your free patches.

Upcoming Dates

March 10 

Cookie program ends

March 12

Troops will be locked out of eBudde at 11:59 p.m. Make sure all cookies are allocated, and all girl rewards are selected.

March 13 

Last day to pick up HTH cookies from a cupboard

March 15 

Deadline to submit money problem reports.

March 20

ACH debit occurs for total amount owed to council.

April 15

Cookie Credits begin being mailed directly to girls.

April 22

Cookie rewards begin to ship to service unit cookie managers.

April 30

Last day to sell excess inventory.

 

Smart Cookie: February 25, 2019

We’re past the halfway point in this year’s Girl Scout Cookie Program, and girls are putting their newly acquired business skills to work. Inventory management is key for girls and troops. Troop Cookie Managers should check in with families and redistribute cookies among the troop as needed. Before ordering more cookies from your local cupboard, 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.

Earn the Uniform-to-Uniform patch

  • The Uniform to Uniform is a new patch program for the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program. Colorado Girl Scouts are encouraged to invite uniformed personnel, such as law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs, etc., to visit them at their cookie booths. This is an opportunity for Girl Scouts and the public to learn more about the work these amazing women and men do for our communities. The first 200 Girl Scouts to earn the patch will receive a FREE patch. (Note: This patch has proven quite popular and they’re going fast, so don’t delay!) Learn more. Didn’t qualify for a free patch? You can purchase them from the GSCO Retail Shop.

Cooking with cookies

Providing customers with recipes can help increase sales, especially at booth sites at grocery stores. Here are a few recipes you might want to try:

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 10, 2019. Any Colorado Girl Scout who does will receive a free, special-order fun patch after completing the online form. Be sure to include your goals and troop number, along with a fun pic of you and/or your troop. The deadline to complete the form is Tuesday, March 12, 2019.
Digital Cookie is a great way to increase Gift of Caring sales! Use the platform to send emails to friends and family asking them to provide a sweet treat to military and other uniformed personnel while helping your troop reach your goals!

Bling Your Booth voting deadline

The voting for the Bling Your Booth contest ends at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28. All of the entries have been uploaded to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Facebook page and are part of the album: Bling Your Booth Challenge 2019. Tell your friends and family to vote for your entry by simply clicking “like” or reacting to it. The photo that receives the most likes and reactions by February 28 at 9 a.m. wins! The top prize is $200 in Cookie Credits!

Thank you Media Stars

From television to radio to newspapers and even social media, Girl Scouts of Colorado Media Stars have been working hard to spread the word about the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program and all the amazing things Girl Scouts do with their cookie money.

From Grand Junction to Colorado Springs to Greeley and Denver, GSCO G.I.R.L. Media Stars have been busy promoting the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Interested in being a GSCO G.I.R.L. Media Star?  Email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

Upcoming Events

March 10

Cookie program ends

March 12

Rewards orders due in eBudde

March 13 

Last day to pick up HTH cookies from a cupboard

March 15 

Money problem reports due

March 20

ACH debit for total amount due to council

 

Smart Cookie: February 18, 2019

Did you Bling Your Booth?

Thousands of Girl Scouts were out in front of grocery stores this weekend for the start of council booth sales! We saw many creative themes and some amazing sales pitches! Keep up the good work. Did you #BlingYourBooth? Don’t forget to send a photo to AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org by February 21. All of the entries will be uploaded to the  Girl Scouts of Colorado Facebook page and be part of the album: Bling Your Booth Challenge 2019. Tell your friends and family to vote for your entry by simply clicking “like” or reacting to it. The photo that receives the most likes and reactions by February 28 at 9 a.m. wins! The top prize is $200 in Cookie Credits!

View contest details.

Booth etiquette reminders

With the start of council booths, it’s a good time to remind girls and families about booth etiquette. Girls should be polite and thank people whether they purchase or not. Be courteous to arriving Girl Scouts and have your table packed and ready to move at the end of your time slot. Clean up all trash and remove all empty cases. Remember that girls make all sales, but an adult should have the money on their person at all times.

Spread the word about Girl Scouts

Every cookie booth is an opportunity to be an ambassador for the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Many times Girl Scout alums will stop to share their experience with girls, and sometimes families with young girls stop by to ask how they can get involved. Others are curious about what your girls plan to do with their funds. Whether you’re working toward a highest award, planning a Take Action project in your community, saving up for a big trip, or helping to pay for a summer camp experience, spread the word to all your customers. If families ask about how their girl can get in on the action you can direct them to our website, girlscoutsofcolorado.org it’s not too late — troops are forming all year long!

Check your inventory

The first weekend of booths have a way of depleting inventory so please check your inventory. Cookie Cupboards are open around the state if you need to restock. Check your local cupboard hours in eBudde and try to give one week’s notice for orders to be filled. You must put orders in at least 72 hours prior to picking up from the cupboard. If you need cookies before 72 hours, please work with families in your troop or other Girl Scouts in your area who may have excess inventory. Be mindful that many cupboards are managed by volunteers and will have varying hours. It is important to note that anyone who picks up cookies from a cupboard will need an eBudde password.

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 10, 2019. Any Colorado Girl Scout who does will receive a free, special-order fun patch after completing the online form. Be sure to include your goals and troop number, along with a fun pic of you and/or your troop. The deadline to complete the form is Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

Vote for your favorite Cookie Video

Thank you to everyone who entered our contest for “Best Cookie Video.” We are so impressed by the creativity and enthusiasm of all of these cookie-bosses. Now, it is time to rally your friends and family to vote!

All of the entries have been uploaded to our YouTube Channel and are part of the playlist: Best Cookie Video Contest 2019. If you like a video, simply click the “thumbs up” icon beneath it. The video that receives the most “thumbs up” by February 21 at 9 a.m. wins!

  • First Prize: $200 in Cookie Credits
  • Second Prize: $100 in Cookie Credits
  • Third Prize: $50 in Cookie Credits

Thank you Media Stars

From television to radio to newspapers and even social media, Girl Scouts of Colorado Media Stars have been working hard to spread the word about the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program and all the amazing things Girl Scouts do with their cookie money.

From Grand Junction to Colorado Springs to Greeley and Denver, GSCO G.I.R.L. Media Stars have been busy promoting the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Interested in being a GSCO G.I.R.L. Media Star?  Email Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper at annemarie.harper@gscolorado.org.

 

Smart Cookie: February 4, 2019

The Girl Scout Cookie Program got off to a super start as girls went door-to-door on Super Bowl Sunday. The weather cooperated in much of the state and we’re hearing reports of awesome starting sales.

If your girl sold 50 packages or more door-to-door on kickoff Sunday, don’t forget to fill out this formto claim her free Super Bowl patch. The deadline to submit the form is tomorrow, Feb. 5.

Damage or delivery discrepancies 

Any damaged, overage, or shortage discrepancies need to be reported to your service unit cookie manager by the end of the day today.

Cupboards are open 

Cookie Cupboards are open around the state if you need to restock your inventory. Please check your local cupboard hours in eBudde and try to give one week’s notice for orders to be filled. Be mindful that many cupboards are managed by volunteers and will have varying hours.

Council booth sites begin February 15 

Council booth selections have been made, and girls across the state are getting ready to Bling their Booths! Check eBudde for additional booth locations, and please release in eBudde any booths that your girls will not be able to staff so that another troop or girl can have the chance to sell there.

Win big this cookie season

There are so many ways for you to win BIG during the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program. We’re hosting a variety of contests for Colorado Girl Scout members!

  • Make a cookie video to promote your sale on your Digital Cookie site and you could also win $200 in Cookie Credits!
  • Bling Your Booth to attract more customers and you could take home $200 in Cookie Credits.
  • Know an amazing cookie dad? Share his story to help get him the recognition he deserves!

Read all the details about this year’s contests on the blog.

Be booth ready

While your girls and their families are out and about selling Girl Scout Cookies, they often get asked about Girl Scouting in general, and we want everyone to know that Girl Scouts is about so much more than selling cookies! Let’s show all our cookie customers how the world’s largest girl-led entrepreneurial program prepares girls to lead, learn, and succeed all while making it possible for them to embark on amazing adventures, form a lifetime of memories and unleash the power of G.I.R.L. (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, leaders)™ to change the world. Share this two-sided sheet with girls and families for tips on how to answer “Why Girl Scouts?” like a pro! Troop volunteers can also take a look at this Booth Essentials sheet to prepare for scenarios that sometimes come up while selling cookies.

Don’t forget Digital Cookie

Remind the girls in your troop that Digital Cookie is an easy way to add to your sales. Girls can add a video message or a photo, share their goals and what they’re learning by selling cookies, then share their digital cookie link with friends and family, even those living in other states.

Upcoming Dates

Feb. 7

Council booth selection opens for unlimited selection

Feb. 12

Deadline to enter the Best Cookie Video contest

Feb. 15

Council booths begin

Feb. 22-24

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend

Smart Cookie: Feb. 19, 2018

Last week to #BlingYourBooth

We had a beautiful holiday weekend to kick off council-sponsored booths and Girl Scouts were out selling in style! Did you #BlingYourBooth? Don’t forget to post a photo to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Facebook page with the hashtag #BlingYourBooth. Entries are due Feb. 22. First prize is $200 in Cookie Credits! Contest details and rules »

Have s’more fun and win

Let’s celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, Feb. 23-25, with GSCO’s new Girl Scout S’mores contest. Together with Little Brownie Bakers, Girl Scouts of Colorado is announcing two new ways for girls and troops to win big when promoting Girl Scout S’mores cookies!

Decorate your booth with a s’mores theme for a chance to win a Girl Scout Cookie costume and a jumbo cookie box filled with Girl Scout S’mores for you to enjoy. You are welcome to enter your booth into both the #BlingYourBooth contest and S’mores Booth contest as long as it has a s’mores theme. Two booths will be selected by an independent panel to receive the prize. The booth can take place at any time, but entries must be received between Feb. 23-25. To enter, just email a photo of your s’mores-themed booth to GSCO Public Relations Director AnneMarie Harper, being sure to include a little information about your troop, your cookie sales strategy, and Hometown Hero. The winners will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

For troops, every two cases of Girl Scout S’mores taken from the cupboard starting today through the end of the cookie program will earn you an entry into a contest. Two troops will be chosen at random from the entries to receive a cookie costume and a jumbo cookie box filled with Girl Scout S’mores for their troop to enjoy.

S’mores selling tips

Be sure to lead with Girl Scout S’mores! Instead of asking customers “Would you like to buy Girl Scout Cookies?”, start the conversation with “I’ve got Girl Scout S’mores, would you like to try them? These cookies were so popular last year we sold out quickly.”

Booth etiquette reminders

With the start of council-sponsored booths, it’s a good time to remind the girls and families in your troop about booth etiquette. Ask girls to be polite and thank people whether they purchase or not. Be courteous to arriving troops and have your table packed and ready to move at the end of your time slot. Clean up all trash and remove all empty cases. Remember that girls make all sales, but an adult should have the money on their person at all times.

Earn the Gift of Caring Patch

Salute America’s heroes by selling 50 (or more) packages of Gift of Caring Girl Scout Cookies between Sunday, Feb. 4, and 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.

Important Dates

  • Feb. 23-25: National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend
  • March 11: Cookie program ends
  • March 13: Rewards orders due in eBudde

Smart Cookie: Feb. 12, 2018

Are you ready for booth sales?

Friday marks the first day of council booths and Girl Scouts will be selling in front of grocery stores, big box retailers, and other retail locations across the state. This is our most visible time of the year, and a great chance for girls to practice their entrepreneurial skills! Share the Cookie Booth Readiness sheet with troop members for tips on how to answer “Why Girl Scouts?” like a pro!

Make sure you head to your booths with everything you’ll need. You should print out and bring a copy of your booth sign-up confirmation, plenty of cookies, booth inventory sheet to track purchases or a device with a booth sale recorder app, table and chairs, tablecloth, $60 in change, pen to detect counterfeit bills, and any booth posters or decorations to bling your booth!

Booths are an awesome opportunity for girls to learn and practice the 5 Skills. It’s a safe environment where girls can try a new pitch, bundle cookies, and really push their Hometown Hero and Gift of Caring donation options. Guide girls in their strategies, but always remember that girls make all sales! Don’t forget to review booth etiquette with your girls, too.

Bundle up for big sales
Cookie bundles are a great way to increase sales, and the first weekend of council booths offers plenty of creative bundle possibilities. Make an ever-popular “chocolate lovers” bundle by using some pretty ribbon to tie a package of Thin Mints, Tagalongs, and Samoas together for $12- or add a box of S’mores to make it $17. In honor of President’s Day weekend, offer customers a patriotic bundle by packaging the red Tagalongs package together with the blue Trefoils, and top them with a white bow.

Make sure your customers know they can also make a Gift of Caring donation to send cookies to our military serving overseas. Challenge those who care a lot to send a whole case!

Cupboards are open
Cookie Cupboards are open around the state if you need to restock your inventory. Please check your local cupboard hours in eBudde and try to give one week’s notice for orders to be filled. Be mindful that many cupboards are managed by volunteers and will have varying hours. It is important to note that anyone who picks up cookies from a cupboard will need an eBudde password.

Girl Scouts of Colorado is piloting a new mobile app,Cupboard Keeper, that will make cookie pickup faster and more secure.Learn more about Cupboard Keeper.

Make a video for Digital Cookie

Remind the girls in your troop that Digital Cookie is an easy way to add to your sales. Girls can add a video message or a photo, share their goals and what they’ve learning by selling cookies, then share their digital cookie link with friends and family, even those living in other states. If you’ve got a great video, enter it into the Cookie Video Contest. Deadline to enter is today! Just submit your video, along with a brief story, through the Share Your Stories form on the GSCO Blog. Don’t forget to include your cookie goal.

  • First Prize: $200 in Cookie Credits
  • Second Prize: $100 in Cookie Credits
  • Third Prize: $50 in Cookie Credits

#BlingYourBooth is back!

With council booths beginning on Friday, this is the perfect weekend to Bling Your Booth for the chance to win up to $200 in Cookie Credits! Pick a theme to decorate your cookie booth and post it to the Girl Scouts of Colorado Facebook page with the hashtag #BlingYourBooth. Entries are due Feb. 22.

Contest details and rules »

Upcoming dates

  • Feb. 16: Council booths begin
  • Feb. 23-25: National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend
  • March 11: Cookie program ends
  • March 13: Rewards orders due in eBudde

Smart Cookie: All the Girl Scout Cookie Program news you need this week

Welcome to the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program! Thanks to you, our amazing volunteers, the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program is ready to launch on Super Bowl Sunday. As a Troop Cookie Manager, you will receive the Smart Cookie email each week during the program. 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 has 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 15 of the Troop Cookie Manager guide 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 beginning Feb. 4- check eBudde for cupboard hours.

Go-day is Feb. 4
Remind your girls and families not to take orders before Feb. 4. 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 booth. My Sales booths, door-to-door, and digital sales run Feb. 4 through March 11. Council booth sites are Feb. 16 – March 11. All rounds of booth sign ups have been completed and any remaining booths are available for sign up through the end of the sale. If your troop cannot staff a booth site, be sure to release it in eBudde so another troop will have the chance to sell there.

Don’t forget Digital Cookie – girls can set up their site now and be ready to sell on Sunday. 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 2018 Cookie 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 Program Team can provide Juliette parents/guardians with deposit form.

Game day fun patch

In celebration of the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program beginning on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 4, any Colorado Girl Scout who sells 50 packages (or more) of Girl Scout Cookies door-to-door on Sunday will earn a free fun patch! You can let us know you sold 50 packages by filling out this online form. Be sure to include your goals, Hometown Hero, and troop number, along with a fun picture of you and/or your troop selling.

The deadline to complete the form is Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018.

Be booth ready

While your girls and their families are out and about selling Girl Scout Cookies, they often get asked about Girl Scouting in general, and we want everyone to know that Girl Scouts is about so much more than selling cookies! Let’s show all our cookie customers how the world’s largest girl-led entrepreneurial program prepares girls to lead, learn, and succeed all while making it possible for them to embark on amazing adventures, form a lifetime of memories and unleash the power of G.I.R.L. (go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, leaders)™ to change the world. Share this two-sided sheet with girls and families for tips on how to answer “Why Girl Scouts?” like a pro!

Upcoming dates

Feb. 3: Main cookie delivery day Feb. 3: Main cookie delivery day

Feb. 4: Cookie program begins (door-to-door and My Sales booths begin)

Feb. 16: Council booths begin

Feb. 23-25: National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend