Happy Holidays from Girl Scouts of Orange County

From all of us at Girl Scouts of Orange County, thank you for your extraordinary support throughout the year! Here’s to reaching more girls across Orange County in 2020 with the life-changing benefits that Girls Scouts provides. Between the power of your support and our proven Girl Scout Leadership Experience, there is no challenge our girls can’t overcome, no goal they can’t reach.

Happy holidays and warm wishes for a beautiful new year from your Girl Scout family.

Thank You Fall Product Program Supporters!

A huge shout out and thank you to all of the amazing volunteers and parents who supported OC Girl Scouts as they built their business skills by participating in the Fall Product Program! Take time with your Girl Scouts to plan a way for them to express their thanks! Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Make cards for your Troop Product Coordinator and Booth Sale volunteers
  • Trefoil” their lawn with signs that say “Thank You!” or “An Awesome Girl Scout Volunteer Lives Here!”
  • Send an email to thank your favorite cupboard manager
  • Present a can of nuts or chocolates with a gift card
  • Create posters to thank a special booth sale location
  • Create gift baskets and/or gift tags
  • Present certificates to parents for their stellar support

For more DIY appreciation ideas, follow us on Pinterest!

Service Unit End of Sale Processing

Service Unit Mangers- final reports from the 2019 Fall Product Program are due to Council on November 10. Step-by-step instructions on how to Verify Troop Product is Allocated, Service Unit Allocating Product to Girls, Girl Rewards Selection, and Running T1 Girl Rewards report can be found in your Service Unit Plan Book. These instructions are also available on the Volunteer Resources Link.

Please email nuts@girlscoutsoc.org with any additional questions.

Troop End of Sale Processing

The 2019 Fall Product Program has ended! Please see below for some Troop End of Sale Processing reminders:

  • Record girl final payments into UNIFY (see Troop Plan Book, page 21).
  • Make final deposits into TROOP bank account.
  • Make final entries for nut sales, booth sales, and Care to Share in UNIFY.
  • Make sure all units from the Troop Cupboard have been allocated to girls.
  • Verify girl rewards and make any corrections.
  • If your troop earned the Booth Sale patch, manually enter each girl in UNIFY.
  • Complete the Fall Product Program Evaluation.

Troop final reports and emails are due to Service Unit Product Managers on November 6 at 9am (make sure to cc the Troop Treasurer and Leaders). Please including the following in your emails:

  • “Processing Complete” OR “Unresolved Issue” in the subject of your email.
  • All details of any pending problems in the body of the email and attach documentation (signed receipts; T2 spreadsheet if used).
  • Note if your troop submitted a parent Delinquency Report, Counterfeit Bill Report, or asked for a Payment Adjustment.

Troop’s payment will be delayed until issue has been resolved.

Please email nuts@girlscoutsoc.org with any additional questions.

59 Minute Quick Start Challenge

A few weeks ago several Girl Scout entrepreneurs participated in our 59-minute Quick Start event for the Fall Product Program. Girls set goals, practiced their sales pitch with family and friends, and earned funds to support their troop’s Girl Scout adventures! These girls sold over 200 gift cards in just 59 Minutes- which equals $4,100 in sales!

The 59 Minute Quick Start is a great way to kick-start participation in the Fall Product Program. How does it work? Girls talk on the phone with friends and family and earn patches and prizes. Each time a girl makes a sale, she runs up to ring a bell and receives a drawing prize for every 5 gift cards sold.

Make your next troop meeting a high-energy event where girls earn their 59 Minute Quick Start Patch as well as credit towards fall product magazine rewards and troop proceeds! Click here to see how to host your own 59 Minute Quick Start!

To receive free patches for each girl who sold one or more magazine or military gift cards, email the date, location, and number of girls who participated in the event to nuts@girlscoutsoc.org by November 3, 2019.

Take Care in the Heat This Week!

Selling door-to-door or hosting a booth sale this weekend? Be sure to stay in the shade, drink plenty of water, and store your products in a cooler with ice packs, when possible.

Remember to not store products in your car or garage in extreme heat. Keep product off the floor and away from sun to prevent damage from heat, insects, pets or water. Product damage caused by girl/parent/troop negligence (such as melting) will NOT be replaced (see page 30 of Troop Plan Book).

Booth Sale and Nut Stand Ideas

Did you know girls can sell ALL of our products at Booth Sales and Nut Stands or even sell with no actual products? Check out these ideas:

  1. Take orders and offer to deliver! Get products from a cupboard after your booth sale, and then deliver to customers with a Thank You Tag which also reminds customers about the Cookie Program start date.
  2. Sell Care to Share Nuts and Magazine Vouchers. Decorate your booth with Girl Scout tablecloth, Care to Share Receipts, and a Care to Share Flyer. Set out a few cans and magazines wrapped with girl-made labels such as: “Care to Share,” “Donate to Our Military,” “Share with our Food Bank,” or “Tax Deductible Donation.” Highlight the $6.00 tax deductible donation for each item purchased. Create and hand out “I Donated to Girl Scouts” stickers. Make Care to Share Cards to go with your donations. Write “Girl Scouts Cares About You!” on the inside and invite customers to sign the card.
  3. Sell Online Nuts, Chocolates, and QSP Items by passing out Spread the Word Business Cards. Highlight all the additional nut and chocolate varieties available online. Or you can collect email addresses and send them an offer.
  4. Have a Veteran’s Day Promotion. A successful technique is to tie red, white, and blue ribbons on a safety pin and offer to everyone who passes your booth in honor of the day. Invite them to make a purchase of Care to Share to be donated to the military.

Any combination of the above can be sold alone or with our nut and chocolate items at Booth Sales or Fall Product Stands!

Spread the Word Business Cards

Girls can distribute “Spread the Word” business cards to customers at booth sales or when selling door-to-door. Customers then can go online to order magazines, tumblers, candles, greeting cards, nuts, and candy. Be sure to include an assigned Girl Online ID OR name/troop number on each “Spread the Word” card. Sales track back to girl automatically.

Cookie Dough, OC Bucks, and Juliette Dollars

Cookie Dough is a girl recognition item earned for selling Girl Scout cookies. OC Bucks is a girl recognition item for selling Fall Products. Juliette Dollars are a girl reward item for participating in product programs as an individually registered Girl Scout (Juliettes or GSIs). All are good for a year or more (expire on April 30th) and can only be used within the Girl Scouts of Orange County.

Click here to view Cookie Dough, OC Bucks, and Juliette Dollars FAQs. Click here for the Reimbursement Form.

Girl Scouts Can Do!

Girl Scouts Can Do! is a food drive powered by the Girl Scouts of Orange County for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. This year we will be collecting food at Girl Scout program centers and locations throughout Orange County!

How to Participate:

  1. Participate in door-to-door collections – Starting now, wear your Girl Scout uniform and go door to door with a buddy asking for nonperishable food donations in your area. Then, bring the donated items to the collection site in your area before 2:00 p.m. on November 23rd. (see link in calendar for a list of collection sites)
  2. Organize a local mini-drive – Customizable fliers to advertise your collection event!  Meet with your school or a local business/organization to get approval to leave a collection box at their location. Decorate the box to grab attention and pick up food as it fills up! Bring your filled box to the drop-off location in your area before 2:00 p.m. on November 23rd.

Questions? Contact Amorita Love eyor8138@hotmail.com