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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.

  1. First Prize: $200 in Cookie Credits

  2. Second Prize: $100 in Cookie Credits

  3. Third Prize: $50 in Cookie Credits

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.

Upcoming dates

  1. Feb. 16: Council booths begin

  2. Feb. 23-25: National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend

  3. March 11: Cookie program ends

  4. March 13: Rewards orders due in eBudde



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