Saturday, January 9, 2010

Cookie Selling Underway!

We are so excited to have each of you Girl Scouts set your goals and work to achieve those goals.
Have fun, do your best, and encourage each other.

Remember: Pre-Orders begin January 9 through January 22.

Cookie Club is been a fun tool to motivate and generate excitement towards setting and reaching your goals. If you haven't already, please get your Girl ID and Password from your leader and check it out! We are given such an opportunity to grow in so many different ways though Cookie Selling. Be encouraged that the part you play makes a difference in our Girl Scout council, our community, our troop, and in you!
This year we have a line up of patches that can be earned for different aspects of your performance.
Here are the patches and their requirements:

Girl who sells at least 12 packages.

Troop must donate at least two cases (24 packages) of cookies.

Every girl who has a pre-order of at least 225 packages.

Every Girl who participates in one or more booth sale.

Every girl who sells 225 packages or more.

Every girl who particpates in a rally with either her service unit or troop.

Every girl who calls back a customer on her order card for a 2nd order.

Every girl who signs up to join the Cookie Club.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Happy New Year
Troop 9691!

Welcome back everyone! We hope you all enjoyed your time off from school and had wonderful holidays with your family and friends.

This week's troop meeting opened as usual with snack & drink, followed by the Girl Scout Promise. We then broke into our separate Girl Scout levels to go over all the highlights of our different activities and projects for our girl scouting year 2009.

What do you suppose the girls shared as their top projects/activities they enjoyed the most or were most memorable for them? (top three listed)

Armpit Fudge!
Decorating Pumpkins

Operation Christmas Child

Card for Mr. McMath
Operation Christmas Child
Christmas Projects/Craft Tables

Christmas Projects/Craft Tables
Sports and Games (Junior Girls were the Leaders!)
Card for Mr. McMath

Many of the older girls reflected on previous Girl Scouting years' activities as well and shared their favorite ones... Mosquito tag, and a trip to the Aquarium were among the top.

For our next order of business, each level leader discussed 2010 goals for the duration of our girl scouting year (now through mid May). At the beginning of the year, the girls suggested a variety of things they thought would be fun to accomplish through our school year; these items were re-addressed to help us plan our upcoming projects and activities. We took this troop meeting as a time to re-group for the new year and plan for future fun. Especially with the Brownie and Junior girls, this time of goal setting and planning allowed the girls to be more in charge of our direction to lead us into the new year. In general, January we are focusing on Girl Scout Cookie pre-orders; February is the month of "World Thinking Day" (Feb. 22); March we are hoping to plant a garden somewhere on school property (pending approval), dedicating the garden in Memory of Mr. McMath; April we will be learning about animals, and May... well, May we're hoping to have some fun surprises planned for our last month of the Girl Scout school year.

For our cookie season goals, we discussed what our troop accomplished last year during cookie season for sales. In 2009 we had 12 Girl Scouts participate (11 Brownie and 1 Junior) in cookie sales. Last year the girls set a goal of selling 900 packages of cookies through pre-orders (no Booth sales were done); actual sales were 875 packages, earning the troop $525.00. This year, 2010, we're hoping our entire troop (Daisy, Brownie, and Junior girls) will participate, a total of 24 girls. We have goal set to sell 1300 packages for this year, an $800.00 troop profit that will enable us to use on future troop projects and expenses to cover the purchases of patches earned for the duration of this year going into next school year. We will determine after pre-orders are reviewed as to whether or not we will do any Booth sales. The girls seemed excited for cookie season to begin.

FINALLY, we ended the last half hour of our troop meeting with a parent meeting to discuss information for the Girl Scout Cookie Season which starts this upcoming Saturday, Jan 9, for pre-orders. Important highlights of the parent meeting regarding our Girl Scout Cookie Information can be found HERE.

IMPORTANT- All Girl Scouts who want to participate in earning a patch/es for the 2010 Cookie Season MUST have a parent complete a parent agreement form and returned back to Teri Wymore by Wed January 6. Girls who do not have a parent agreement form on file by Jan. 7 (date they must be turned into the council), will not be able to participate in Cookie Sales.

Thank you Lauren (Allyson's Mom) and Connie (Jordyn's Mom) for providing snack and drinks for our troop meeting this week!

Cookie Information for Parents

This Cookie Season, Girl Scouts across the country will be inspiring change. Girl Scouts will discover what matters most, connect with people in your community and use the power of Girl Scout Cookies to take action and make the world a better place.

As we prepare for the cookie sale season, please keep in mind that the purpose of the Girl Scout Cookie Sale is twofold: first it helps girls develop a wide range of skills such as leadership, entrepreneurship, money management, decision-making, planning, goal-setting, interpersonal skills, teamwork and many more. These skills are best learned when a girl is an active participant in all aspects of the sale.

The second purpose of the cookie sale is to generate revenue to support Girl Scouting in Greater South Texas and is also the main source of income for our troop. The sale funds programs and services throughout the year and insures that Girl Scouting will be available in the future.

Each Box of Girl Scout Cookies are $3.50. A case is sold for $42.00. Each case holds 12 boxes.

Money from the profits of sales;

Troop Pre-order Taking Begins Saturday, January 9, 2010

Troop Pre-order Taking Ends Friday, January 22, 2010

It is not recommended to take any money during pre-order taking. Each Girl Scout and their parent is responsible for managing the money from the sales of their cookies. If any money is taken during pre-orders and is lost, the parent is responsible for reimbursement.

(Please have order forms from pre-orders to Teri NO LATER THAN Sunday, January 24)

COOKIE DELIVERIES February 13 to 18, 2010... Collect money due at this time.


All Girl Scouts who want to participate in earning a patch/es for 2010 Cookie Season MUST have a parent complete a parent agreement form and returned back to Teri Wymore by Wed January 6. Girls who do not have a parent agreement form in by Jan. 6, may not be able to participate in Cookie Sales.

Girl Scouts MAY use the internet to send emails to people they know giving them information that our troop is selling cookies and your Girl Scout was interested if they would like to make an order. Text Messaging, myspace, or Facebook may also be used to get the word out and make sales contacts. However, selling cookies ON the internet is prohibited (ie: eBay, Craiglist, etc).

"Gift of Caring"~ For various reasons, some customers do not want to buy cookies for themselves. With Gift of Caring, they have a chance to give to others while supporting Girl Scouting at the same time. The girls will be donating our "Gift of Caring" to Military personnel serving oversees, to the Ronald McDonald House, and to the Corpus Christi Food Bank.

Direct / Booth Sales Begin February 20, 2010 and Ends March 7, 2010 (more information will be sent at a later time regarding booth sales)

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