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 2017 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.

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Service Unit End of Sale Processing

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 on the green Trefoil in UNIFY. Click the green Trefoil, click on Program Info (top right hand corner of pop-up) and click the Program info and Activities button. These instructions are also available on the Volunteer Network.

End of Sale Processing and Webinar

Missed the end of sale webinar? Click here to watch the recording. You can also find step-by-step instructions by clicking on the Trefoil icon in UNIFY. Please see below for some additional reminders.

  • Record girl final payments into UNIFY (see Troop Plan Book, page 19).
  • 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 Wednesday, November 8th 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.

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 a poster with Trefoils for customers to sign and add to your poster to show their participation in Care to Share and progress towards your goal. 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.

Take Care in the Heat This Week!

Selling door-to-door or hosting a booth sale? 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 23 of Troop Plan Book).

Customers Can Donate to CHOC!

Are your customers looking for a place to donate magazine subscriptions during the Fall Product Sale? CHOC Children’s is always in need of more activities for their teen population! They are accepting magazine subscriptions such as Teen Vogue, Seventeen, People, and more. Click here for more information about where customers can mail the subscriptions!

Fall Product Dates to Remember

September 23: Fall Product Program beings! 
September 28: TPC Roster due
October 1: SU Product Sales goals due
October 6: Girl Initial Order due to Troop
October 8: Troop Initial Order submitted in UNIFY by 9am
October 9: SU Initial Order processing completed by 9am
October 12: SU Booth Sale Spreadsheets due
October 21-24: Nut Deliveries
October 22: SU Booth Sales Plan due
October 27: Booth Sales start
November 1: Last day to enter the sale to earn troop proceeds
November 5: Fall Product Program ends!
November 8: Troop final email due to SU by 9am
November 9: Troop payments start
November 12: SU final email due to Council
December 6: Top Seller Reception
January: Reward distribution to girls
January 22: Final reward adjustment due

Girls Can Use OC Bucks/Cookie Dough for Disaster Relief

Girl Scouts of Orange County is allowing girls to redeem their Cookie Dough and/or OC Bucks to support Girl Scouts of the USA lifting of fundraising restrictions to enable girls to raise money for recovery efforts at councils impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

How do girls redeem their OC Bucks and Cookie Dough to support the GSUSA disaster relief fund?  Girls submit Cookie Dough and/or OC Bucks to their Troop Leader. The Troop Treasurer (Leader) uses the Troop debit card to make the donation here. Troop submits the Reimbursement form; uploads proof of the donation and OCBucks/Cookie Dough; the Council mails a check to the Troop.

Can troops donate some of their Fall Product proceeds for disaster relief?  Yes!  Donations can be made on GSUSAs disaster relief fund here.

Can troops designate they will be donating some of their proceeds to help sister Girl Scouts on their Fall Product booth sale posters?  Yes. Girl Scouts of the USA is lifting fundraising restrictions to enable girls to raise money for recovery efforts at four councils impacted by Hurricane Harvey: Girl Scouts of San Jacinto, Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas, Girl Scouts of Central Texas, and Girl Scouts of Louisiana–Pines to the Gulf.  Funds raised will provide membership scholarships and replacement Girl Scout uniforms and insignia to impacted girls. Participating in Girl Scouts can be one way to help them, and their families, regain a sense of normalcy.  Donations can be made on GSUSAs disaster relief fund here.

Can troops donate items to the Girl Scout Council’s impacted? Although material donations and troop offers of assistance have been greatly appreciated, as you can imagine, the councils are not currently in a position to process and organize them. GSUSA is also monitoring Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Jose behind it for possible impact on our members. Donations can be made on GSUSAs disaster relief fund here.

Service Unit Booth Sale Spreadsheets Due Today!

Service Unit Booth Sale Coordinators: Submit your Booth Sale Spreadsheet with your booth locations and schedule to Council at nuts@girlscoutsoc.org by Thursday, October 12th! This is necessary for insurance purposes.

Also make sure to complete the Fall Product Advertised Booth Sales Form for inclusion on the Booth Location Flyer on the website. No faxes or hand written spreadsheets will be accepted. If you are having trouble, email nuts@girlscoutsoc.org.

Remember to send an updated version of your Booth Sale Spreadsheet anytime you make changes!

Online Booth Sale Training for Adults is Now Live!

2017 Fall Product Booth Sale Training is REQUIRED for all adults participating in troop or parent/daughter booth sales. Training is in 2 steps:

  1. Click here to watch the 2017 Fall Product Booth Sale Training.
  2. Click here to complete the quiz (Knowledge Check) to receive your results in your email. Make sure to forward the email to your Troop Product Coordinator.

Questions? Contact CustomerCare@GirlScoutsOC.org or call 949-461-8800 during office hours (Monday-Thursday, 8am-4pm).

Corporate Gift Tins Available!

Purchase corporate gifts and help your favorite Girl Scout! Corporate Gift Tins have festive holiday designs, instead of the traditional Girl Scout labels, making them perfect for business gifts!

Choose from Jumbo Cashews (roasted and salted with sea salt), Gourmet Blend (colossal cashews, giant almonds, mammoth pecans, and large whole macadamias), and Gourmet Caramel Corn (with pecans and almonds).

If you don’t know a local Girl Scout, email customercare@girlscoutsoc.org.

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 (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.

Text and Share Feature!

Calling, texting, and sharing on Facebook or Twitter is a great way to help girls reach their Fall Product Sale Goals! See below for the 5 easy steps using UNIFY (QSP/Nut Online Program).

  1. From UNIFY, click on the “Text and Share” tab.
  2. Personalize the message to share with family and friends.
  3. Send a verification text message to girl/parent phone.
  4. Once verified, forward the text message or share on Facebook or Twitter.
  5. All sales will track back to the girl!

GSI Fall Product Program Series

Girl Scout Independents (GSIs) can embark on this unique entrepreneurial experience in just a few short steps. Through the Fall Product Program, girls of all ages build self-confidence and develop valuable skills—such as goal setting, money management, and business ethics—while earning badges, patches, and prizes along the way. GSIs (and girls waiting for their troop to form) will also earn Juliette Dollars which can be used to fund their Girl Scout activities. Click here to register to participate in the Fall Product Program and here to view the GSI Family Guide.