January 29, 2015
Greetings to members and friends of Girl Scouts,
Cookies are coming!
Thank you to our cookie sellers and the thousands of volunteers and families who are helping girls have fun, build skills and achieve their goals.
Camp is coming, too! Registration opens February 1
Speaking of camp . . . Check out this great photo of the construction progress for the new Treehouse Village at Camp Butano Creek in San Mateo County. This is going to be a wonderful spot for troop camping when it re-opens this June!
Click here to help support this project and receive the 2015 Camp Improvement Campaign Patch for donations of $20 and more.
Cookies go on sale Thursday, February 5!
Starting this weekend, many of you will be getting ready for Cookie Go Day on February 5, loading cookies into station wagons, trucks, vans, living rooms and garages, and helping girls prepare their Digital Cookie pages. Here are some fun photos that members shared during Delivery Days 2014! Thank you for all the lifting and loading!
Parents should have received emails this week, inviting them to help their daughters sign up for Digital Cookie – Girl Scouts’ first-ever online cookie sale. If you have questions about the cookie program, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is still time to be a cookie seller: Troops can join in any time during the sale – if you need help getting started with a simple first sale, send an email to: email@example.com.
You can find cookie booths online and via your smart phone. If you don’t know a cookie seller, you can find cookie booth sales at www.ilovecookies.org or download the Girl Scout Cookie Locator app on your smartphone.
Almost $4.00 from every box sold supports local Girl Scouts. This past weekend 60 girls attended Cookie University and honed their cookie business plans and social media and marketing skills. I participated, along with other staff, as girls called us by phone and practiced answering tough question about cookies.
I had fun talking with Addy, Sara, Stella, Angel and Vitra (grades 4 – 7). They all did a great job answering my questions about gluten-free cookies, Gift of Caring, and their troops’ goals – all are planning and saving for travel. Two of the five girls also knew how much their troop will receive for each box sold, what their goal is for each girl in the troop and how that will help support their travel plans. None of the five girls could answer what happens to the rest of the cookie money. There were some creative answers. For example: "It goes to the people who make the cookies, so they can go on trips, too!"
In fact: $3.95 from each box sold supports Girl Scouts in Northern California. It funds troop activities, helps provide Girl Scouting for girls in under-resourced communities, pays for volunteer training and helps keep our camps open. Girls and troops retain an average of $1.01 from each box they sell.
For those of you coaching girls to help them respond to customer questions, this infographic (also available on our website for download) explains how cookies support Girl Scouting in Northern California.
Gluten-free update. Troops have placed starting orders for our full supply of the new gluten-free Toffee–tastic cookies. Your customers can still order Toffee-tastic via Digital Cookie, while supplies last. GSNorCal pre-ordered and paid for the gluten free cookies in October. They cost 2.5 times as much as our other cookie varieties, and we did not want to end up with extra inventory. We purchased 6,000 cases – enough for about 2 cases per troop participating in the sale. We look forward to hearing from all of you how they sell and that will help us plan for the 2016 cookie sale.
Digital Cookie update. Parents should have received emails this week, inviting them to help their daughters sign up for Digital Cookie – Girl Scouts’ first-ever online cookie sale. If you have questions about the cookie program, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was on a call earlier today with Girl Scouts USA, and they reported that so far 53,000 girls have registered to participate in Digital Cookie (more than Girl Scouts USA had expected at this point in cookie season), and the girls are enthusiastic about learning e-commerce skills. We have received questions about the shipping and handling fees for online sales; you can click here for additional details.
Thank you to all of our cookie sellers, parents and volunteers for supporting the cookie sale. Your hard work makes a difference for girls and Girl Scout programs.
Congratulations to 116 GSNorCal Girl Scouts
who earned the Gold Award during 2014.
I am always reminded of just how much a difference our volunteers and supporters make when I attend Gold Award celebrations. Earlier this month, I joined 40 Girl Scouts and their families at the annual Gold Award Celebration sponsored by the SF Bay Area Chapter of Girl Scout Alumnae. Assemblywoman Catherine Baker and a representative from Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla's office, were on hand to congratulate the girls. We heard from each girl about her Gold Award project, what she learned, the obstacles she overcame, and the impact of her project. The girls' take action Gold Award projects (representing a combined 3,200 hours of service) , included chemistry tutoring centers, literacy, social media safety, hands-on science, swim lessons on an island off the coast of Nicaragua, school improvement projects, health education, violence prevention, park improvements, and the list goes on. It is so inspiring to see how these Girl Scouts are making the world a better place.
Yours in Girl Scouting,