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CapiTalk - Special Edition

A newsletter for Girl Scout families.  Special Cookie Edition. 
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Support your Girl Scouts' 
Cookie Sale 
 
The Cookie Program helps girls earn money to support their 
Girl Scout activities. It also helps build skills that are essential for leadership and for life, including:
  1. money management,
  2. business ethics, 
  3. goal-setting,
  4. decision making
  5. people skills

Girls also practice philanthropy, giving through the Gift of Caring programs. In 2014, girls donated more than 149,000 boxes of cookies to hometown heroes, the Capital Area Food Bank and our military through the USO of Metropolitan Washington.  

In this special edition of CapiTalk: Cookie Season is Coming! you will read about one parent's volunteer experience, learn about the new cookies, our online Cookie Club and Bling Your Boothcontest, and watch Girl Scouts celebrate Samoas' 40th Birthday.  

Talk to your daughter's troop leader to find out how you can help your Girl Scout be successful this Cookie Season. We want every Girl Scout to get involved in the Cookie Program to ensure that our Council remains strong in order to deliver the best Girl Scout experience.
Why I Volunteer Volunteer
And you should too!

When Shebra's daughter Sydney joined Girl Scout Troop #2064 in 2008, Shebra knew she wanted to get involved. Below, Shebra shares her experience as a volunteer during Cookie Season and describes the impact the program has had on her daughter. .  

 

How do you support your daughter and her troop in helping them reach their cookie goals?    
I have volunteered in many roles, but during the Cookie Season I have served at the service unit level and for my daughter's troop as the Cookie Booth Coordinator.  During the Cookie Season at booth sites I would explain to my daughter and her troop how to market the product to reach their cookie goals. 

Why do you think participating in the Cookie Program is important for your daughter?    
The cookie program gives Sydney a glimpse at what it would be like to have her own small business.  She is responsible for knowing her product and being able to market it to new and returning customers.  She has learned money management while improving her organizational and public speaking skills. Most importantly, Sydney has learned the importance of setting goals.  All of the girls in her troop set individual and troop goals.  I love the goal setting component because it allows the girls to monitor their progress and make any necessary changes along the way. The cookie program fosters skills that can be used in everyday life.

What advice do you have for other parents who are looking to get more involved in Girl Scouts?    
You will never regret the enriching experiences that help girls sharpen their skills and discover their passions. These experiences help them develop as individuals and at the same time helps them understand how they are contributing to make the world a better place.  My involvement alone has afforded me the opportunity to witness how our daughter has grown and evolved through Girl Scouts.  Although still a soft-spoken young lady, my daughter has exhibited greater comfort and willingness to speak in public.

The Nike slogan comes to mind when I think of parents that want to get more involved - Just Do It

Cookie News
Happy 40th Birthday, Samoas! samoas

Everyone's favorite caramel cookie is celebrating a very special birthday. Watch the video below to see a message from girls who attended our Cookie Media Spokesperson training.
 

 cookieclub

Did you know customers buy more cookies when they order online? That's why top selling Girl Scouts use Cookie Club!  

Cookie Club is password-protected online resource that helps girls set and track their cookie goals. While girls cannot accept payment online, they can send emails to friends and family asking for cookie promises. 

In the coming weeks, Troop Cookie Managers will set up troops in Cookie Club and assign girls login information. Visit our websitefor more Cookie Club resources. 

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Cookie Timeline

December 19, 2014-January 20, 2015

Initial Orders

February 9-February 20 2015
Service Unit Cookie Deliveries    

February 20-March 22, 2015
Booth Sales   

February 25, 2015
Cupboards Open 

March 22-March 29, 2015
Cookies on the Go!  

March 29, 2015
Cookie sales end

New Girl Scout Cookiesnewcookies

Have you heard? This year, our Council is offering two new Girl Scout Cookie flavors! 

Rah-Rah Raisins: a crispy oatmeal cookie with raisins and Greek yogurt-flavored chunks. 

Toffee-tastics: 
gluten- free  buttery cookies packed with golden toffee bits. 
  
Toffee-tastics are available in limited supply to troops who pre-ordered, and will be available only during booth sales. Rah-Rah Raisins will appear on order cards alongside of your all-time favorites: Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs, and Savannah Smiles.   
Spark Pay by Capital One is Back
In 2014, we introduced the mobile credit card platform allowing girls to take credit card payments. Once again, the first $1,000 in transactions will be fee free during the booth sale portion of the Cookie Program.
Share Your Cookie Story
We would love to hear what your Girl Scout has learned from participating in the Cookie Program. Please take a minute to complete this survey.
Gift of Caring
 
Hometown Heroes allows girls to select a local group to receive Girl Scout Cookies purchased by customers. Girls may choose to identify first responders, a volunteer from a homeless shelter or food pantry, or perhaps  a local non-profit. Girls see the impact of their work when they deliver the cookies at the end of Cookie Season. 
Through Troop2Troops, your troop can donate cookies to the military through our Council's  partnership with the USO of Metropolitan Washington. 
Your troop can support the Capital Area Food Bank through this virtual Gift of Caring program. Girls take orders and collect payment for cookies that will be shipped directly to the Capital Area Food Bank.
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