Oh What a Treat! Tasty Fun Facts

By Brittany Bowie – Troop Support Specialist

Maybe you have been fond of Do- si- dos or your heart belongs to Thin Mints! Each of these delicious treats along with the popular variety of Girl Scout Cookies has a unique origin in the cookie program. As you look to sell them or just eat them, here are some tasty facts you might not know about Girl Scout Cookies.

The first Girl Scout troop known to sell cookies baked sugar cookies to raise funds for their activities in 1917. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Girl Scouts and their moms in different parts of the country continued to bake these cookies right in their homes. Customers could probably smell sweetness right around the corner!

In 1948, a total of 29 companies were licensed to bake Girl Scout Cookies. Today there are two official Girl Scout Cookie bakers. Little Brownie Bakers has been baking up the delicious cookies provided here in Louisiana.

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Now that we know a little history, let’s get to a stimulation of taste buds:

  • Did you know that Thin Mints are the top-selling cookie in America?!
  • As you take a bite of the traditional shortbread cookie, known as “Trefoil” you would be interested to know that it represents the emblem of Girl Scouts of the United States.  With a special shape mimicking the trefoil plant there are three rounded lobes representing the three-fold promise: “to serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout law.” A cookie baked for deliciousness and symbolism.
  • It’s great to taste the sweetness that each Girl Scout cookie has to offer, but it is more important to know that the purchase of every box of cookie adds to the value of a meaningful leadership experience for Girl Scouts! They are building a lifetime of skills and confidence.

For more fun facts about the Girl Scout cookie program and much more, click here!

Plan Less, Engage More: 4 Reasons Why You Should Start Using the Volunteer Toolkit

By Brittany Bowie – Troop Support Specialist

Whether you have just started as a new leader or are going into another year with your Girl Scouts, the one thing most would agree on is that a critical element of volunteering is time. The element most important to girls is engagement and fun interaction. Girl Scout volunteers could have more fun when they have easy access to resources that help them spend less time planning and coordinating and more time with their girls.

GSLPG now has a resource, the Volunteer Toolkit (VTK), which does just that. It is a resource that offers versatility and assists with troop management. GSUSA and GSLPG recently launched this resource on our site as part of our Customer Engagement Initiative.

Here are some of our favorite reasons for you to begin using this tool!

1)Convenience and Accessibility

If you are an on-the-go volunteer, this will be perfect for you. As a digital resource volunteers, can access the VTK from any electronic device- tablet, smart phone, or laptop- with internet capability.

2)Versatility

Now that you have access to the resource, logging in only becomes more exciting. You will find four active tabs to help make managing your troop simpler.  These tabs have the capabilities to manage troop contacts, renew membership, plan your troop year with pre-populated plans, customize activities, change meeting arrangements and eventually track finances once this tab becomes available.

3)Parents are kept in the loop

Primary caregivers have the ability to view their girls’ troop year. Features include: read only views of My Troop Tab (no contact info), Year Plan, Meeting Plan, and Financial Tab. What does this mean? The major questions many parents have for troop leaders, can now be answered with the click of a button (or by logging into their portal view).

4)It keeps getting better

The function for the finance tab is not active, but will be eventually. GSUSA will be adding content, functions and improving this tool based on the needs and assessments volunteers across our nation.

What more could you want? This tool is customizable, tracks important things, keeps parents informed and saves time. Most importantly, it allows leaders and girls the ability to explore program activities together, while having fun.

Need some help getting started? Watch the walk through video below!

 

To check out the Volunteer Toolkit, go to www.gslpg.org and click on the My GS tab. Enter your login information. If you need help logging in please contact our Customer Care team.

Powered by the Girl Scout Cookie Program

By Asia Hebert – Marketing Specialist

100 years ago, an innovative Girl Scout troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma baked and sold cookies to support their service projects. This was the first known Girl Scout cookie sale! Starting with that first bake sale, Girl Scouts have been known for their amazing cookies but even more importantly the projects and activities these use their cookie money on. Our girls and troops continue to benefit from the Girl Scout Cookie Program by setting goals, reaching them and using the funds collected to enhance their Girl Scout journey.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial business. Girls that participate in the program are cookie entrepreneurs that develop five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Research* shows that 2 out of 3 girls (66%) that participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program are actively developing all five skills.

By participating in and/or purchasing Girl Scout cookies you are allowing Girl Scouts to participate endless girl-led experiences. These experiences include camp and outdoor exposure, STEM related activities, community service projects, domestic and international travel opportunities, Girl Scout higher awards (bronze, silver and gold awards) and lasting memories with their troops!

Want to learn more about “Powered by the Girl Scout Cookie Program”? Watch Girl Scouts USA’s PSA!

Amazing Experiences for Girls: Powered by the Girl Scout Cookie Program from GirlScoutsUSA on Vimeo.

What are you planning to do with the money earned from this year’s cookie sale? Let us know! 

*Research statistics: cookieoutcomes-2016_final

Cookie Troop 100

By Asia Hebert – Marketing Specialist

Looking for a way to add some excitement to this year’s cookie sale? If you attended any of our cookie trainings you may have heard about GSUSA’s Cookie Troop 100. This is an added twist on last year’s Bling Your Booth contest. So how can you participate?

1. Set a troop goal and share the plan for your cookie money– what cool stuff will you do to improve your community this year?
2. Earn a Cookie Business badge– you can take your pick!
3. As a troop, ask 100 NEW customer to buy cookies.
4. Bling Your Booth. Gather your troop and get those creative juices flowing to come up with a fun theme. Just remember to snap a cool photo!

We already know about the great ways you have used your cookie money in the past so why not share this year’s plan and have a chance to earn more money to help complete your projects! While planning out your goals for this cookie season, set out to sell cookies to 100 new customers to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies. Your last step is to bling your booth. Maybe you’ve done this in previous years, but this year really step up your game and get creative! Once you’ve completed all the steps, submit your entry to GSUSA.

One lucky troop from EVERY council around the country will win $100 each to put toward their awesome cookie Take Action or service project. And one VERY lucky troop will win $3,000 to super-power their project!

Ready to get to work? You have from now until April 30 to submit your entries!

Have any questions? Check out the Cookie Troop 100 FAQ.

Take the Lead like a G.I.R.L.

By Asia Hebert – Marketing Specialist

Welcome to our brand new GSLPG…in the Loop blog! This blog has been created to keep troop leaders, parents and any member of our council informed on the happenings of GSLPG. Blog posts will generally be placed into four different categories: Fast & Fun, Troop Basics, Traditions and GSLPG Spotlight. Posts will be written by either our Communication & Marketing or Troop Support teams. We look forward to sharing information and stories with you! Now, onto our first post…

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You may have recently heard us talking about taking the lead like a G.I.R.L. So what exactly does it mean to G.I.R.L.? A G.I.R.L. is a go-getter, innovator, risk-taker and a leader. This is the very definition of a Girl Scout!

GO-GETTER: Determined to succeed. Bold. Honest. Goal-oriented. Can-do mentality. Ambitious. Lifelong learner.

INNOVATOR: Creative. Thinks outside the box. Always looking for a new approach. Visionary. Uses resources wisely. Original. Do-it-yourselfer. Experimenter.

RISK-TAKER: Not afraid to try new things. Courageous. Strong. Breaks the mold. Steps up. Discoverer. Pioneer. Embraces the unfamiliar.

LEADER: Confident. Knows how to get the job done. Responsible. Committed to making the world a better place. Empathetic. Advocate. Empowers others.

We see and hear examples of our Girl Scouts taking the lead every day. A seasoned cookie seller setting a goal to sell 1000 boxes of cookies or more. A girl seeing a need in her town and creating a community garden. A Daisy going to camp for the first time or an experienced camper trying a new skill such as canoeing or archery. Cadettes, Seniors, or Ambassadors showing young girls “the ropes” and passing on lessons they’ve learned.

While we may know all of the great accomplishments our members and troops have achieved, many people still think Girl Scouts is just about cookies, patches and camping. Let’s take on 2017 by showing our community what Girl Scouts are capable of! Make a new year’s resolution to be ambitious, think outside the box, try new things, and commit to making the world a better place whether you’re a troop leader or a Girl Scout.

Want to learn more about how to take the lead? Check our GSUSA’s new PSA!

Have a story to share about how your daughter or troop member(s) exemplify the qualities of a G.I.R.L.? Tell us how they take the lead and she maybe featured on our social media pages or blog!