Friday, February 21, 2014

Anna Maria Chávez sets the Record Straight

"At Girl Scouts, we stand for girls. Our mission is to help today's girls develop the skills they need to become tomorrow's leaders." Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Anna Maria Chávez sets the record straight on recent misconceptions. Please watch this video...

For more information, visit the "For the Record" section on our website.  

Two New Cookie Incentives!

GSHCC's 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Program is off to a great start... and it just got sweeter. We're excited to announce two new incentives are being offered: one for #cookiebosses and the other for service units.

Exclusive incentive for cookie bosses: Girl Scouts who sell 1200+ packages of cookies will now receive a V.I.P. Cookie Boss Overnight!

Sweet incentive for service units: The top five service units that boost cookie sales over their 5% goal will be awarded a custom patch made especially for them.

Here's to a great cookie season!

What's your cookie goal this year? Which recognitions are you most excited about?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend!

This year we’re celebrating National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend on Friday, February 7 & Saturday, February 8! This is a great opportunity for Girl Scouts and supporters to share with the community the importance of the Girl Scout Cookie Program and what it does for the girls and their communities.

On National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, Girl Scout councils from around the nation will be celebrating and promoting the five skills girls learn while participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

These five skills include:
  • Goal Setting
  • Decision Making
  • Money Management
  • People Skills
  • Business Ethics
Join with us on February 7 & 8 to share with the world the power of the Girl Scout Cookie Program!

Here’s how:
Feb. 4-8: Help us spread the word on social media about Girl Scout Cookies and what girls learn by participating in the Cookie Program! Plus, participate in a GSHCC cookie video montage--share your National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend photos with us:
Feb. 5: Participate in the virtual Twitter Party with Girl ScoutsMom It Forward, and a panel of experts to celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend. Join the conversation to talk all things cookies (yum!), learn about this season’s sweepstakes and discuss the five skills girls acquire while participating in the largest girl-led business. The virtual Twitter Party starts Wednesday, February 5 from 6–7 p.m. PT. See here for details about the giveaway. (Hashtags: #gno #cookieboss)

Feb. 6: Giveaway ends and winner will be announced soon after. Enter the GSUSA and Mom it Forward National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend Giveaway and you could receive a basket full of Girl Scout merchandise.

Feb. 7: Stop by the National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend cookie booth at Sacramento’s Capital Garage! The booth will be up from 8–10 a.m.

Feb. 7 & 8: Celebrate with your Girl Scout troop by discussing your cookie goals, making signs and decorations for your upcoming cookie booths, or fill out thank you cards for customers who have already purchased cookies. This is a great weekend to prepare for Girl Scout cookie booths! Psst… and a great weekend for a troop slumber party!

We can’t wait for the fun! And don't forget to pick up your National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend fun patch from The GS Shop!

How will your troop celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend?

Friday, January 24, 2014

It's Girl Scout Cookie Time!

There's more to Girl Scout Cookies than what's in the box! Selling cookies teaches skills essential to leadership. 

Here are some tips for the start of the Girl Scout Cookie Program:

1. Decision making & goal setting: If you haven’t already, set your cookie goals! Then decide as a troop what you’d like to do with the troop money earned, such as fun activities and community service projects. Use the COCO Cookie Command as a tool.

2. People skills: Be sure you know your product! Remember to let your customers know what you are selling, why you are selling it, and why they should purchase it. Continue to practice your “sales pitch.” Team up with a friend and take turns being a potential customer. Ask each other questions a customer might ask you.

3. Money management: Since a package of Girl Scout Cookies is $4.00 even, it makes it easy to make change. Make a change “cheat sheet” so that you know how much change to give a customer quickly. Learn how to “count back” change. This is great customer service and this technique will make sure you are collecting the right amount of money and returning the right amount of change.

4. Business ethics: Use some key parts of the Girl Scout Law such as “honest and fair”, “friendly and helpful”, “responsible for what I say and do” and “respect myself and others” to keep yourself on the right track when running your sale.

5. Project Thank You! Did you know GSHCC has an opportunity for customers to give Girl Scout Cookies to the military? Project Thank You will donate Girl Scout Cookies to American Red Cross who will take them to the military personnel serving our country.

More tips coming soon! For more information about the Girl Scout Cookie Program, please visit the GSHCC website.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Mrs. Claus is coming to town!

Mrs. Claus has been visiting Girl Scouts Heart of Central California (GSHCC) for several years, and this year she will be at the GSHCC Sacramento Regional Program Center's GS Shop on December 21, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.This free event will include a photo opportunity with Mrs. Claus, games, crafts, and special shop sales. Plus, if you bring a donation of school supplies for GSHCC’s World Thinking Day education event, you will receive a 25%-off coupon to use at The Girl Scout Shop. 

The Modesto Regional GS Shop will also celebrate from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. on December 21 with raffles, games and a fun wintery photo backdrop. 

While you’re at the shop—check out the perfect holiday gifts! GS Shops have everything from stocking stuffers, dolls and Speed Stack cups, to warm knitted scarves, caps and gloves. 

Happy Holidays!

Please note GSHCC's holiday hours: The GSHCC offices and shops will be closed December 25–January 1 for the holiday break, but our eShop will be open 24/7 with FREE shipping!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Invite a Friend!

As a volunteer, you introduce girls to new experiences that show them they’re capable of more than they ever imagined. You’re their cheerleader, guide, and mentor, helping them develop skills and confidence that will last a lifetime.

Pull your friends together and talk about the fun you’ve had with Girl Scouts! Over coffee, dessert, or even a girls’ night out, invite a friend to be a role model for girls by volunteering with Girl Scouts. And check out this last chance offer: If you’re one of the first 500 current Girl Scout volunteers to invite a friend to join Girl Scouts as a new troop leader or assistant troop leader for Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors (kindergarteners through fifth graders), you’ll receive a Girl Scout prize pack of your choice:

Small and Mighty Pack 
Trefoil Earbuds, Accessory Case, Trefoil Pens, Girl Scout Shorthand Charm (silver tone), and Girl Scout Profile Stickers
Tech Savvy Pack 
Trefoil Headphones, Tablet Sleeve, Mouse Pad

Invite as many friends as you can to be a Girl Scout troop leader by sharing your story. Once you’ve invited your friend, ask your friend to complete a membership form or volunteer application, then notify us by filling out this short form, and if you’re one of the first 500 volunteers to invite-a-friend, you'll receive a prize pack! Your friend will be contacted by Girl Scout staff to help get started! Offer ends 11/20/2013.

Have a question or need supporting recruitment materials? Check out the FAQ section on our website!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Exciting week for Girl Scouts!

This week is Girl Scouts’ “I can’t wait to” National Recruitment Week—September 30–October 7. Girl Scout councils nationwide are promoting the “I can’t wait to” campaign, signing girls up to be Girl Scouts, and spreading the message that we need more adult volunteers so that even more girls can become Girl Scouts. And to kick off the week, GSUSA released a video featuring our Honorary National President, First Lady Michelle Obama—check it out: In this video, she highlights the fun of Girl Scouting and the important role of Girl Scout volunteers… exciting, right?!

We want everyone to hear about the fun and importance of Girl Scouts!

Here’s how you can help spread the word:
  • Please share with your networks online and offline about Girl Scouts’ “I can’t wait to” National Recruitment Week.
  • Specifically share the link to the video with your networks as well:
  • Interact with GSHCC’s posts on our social networks (Facebook and Twitter).
To celebrate recruitment week, please leave a comment sharing with us what you love most about Girl Scouting!