Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Answers to the most frequently asked cookie questions

The first week of cookie season is already gone. Time flies when you're learning the 5 Skills!

To help your cookie business run smoothly, here are some questions we're hearing from customers. Learning these answers are a great way to brush up on your people skills.

Digital Cookie Shipping:

Q: If I choose the shipping option on Digital Cookie, when will I get my cookies?
A: These orders are processed and sent to shipment immediately, so you won't have to wait long to enjoy them!

Q: When will cookies arrive when I choose the Girl Delivery option?
A: Cookies ordered under the Girl Delivery option on Digital Cookie will be delivered by your Girl Scout  late February through mid-March. Your Girl Scout has her specific plan for cookie delivery, so check in with her!

Q: How long is the Girl Delivery option available to customers in Digital Cookie? 
A: Customers will only be able to select Girl Delivery as an option through Tuesday, January 29. But, don't worry! Customers can ship and donate through the last day of the cookie program, which is Sunday, March 18.

Traditional Cookie Orders:

Q: What cookies are available this year, and how much do they cost?
A: Girl Scout S'mores cookies are back this year along with the traditional favorites: Tagalongs, Trefoils, Savannah Smiles, Do-Si-Dos, Thin Mints, Samoas and Toffee-tastic. All cookie varieties are $4 per box, except the new Girl Scout S'mores and the gluten-free Toffee-Tastic, which are $5 per box. Can't remember the name of your favorite? Check out our Meet the Cookies page!

Q: When will Girl Scouts be delivering cookies that were ordered on the traditional order card?
A: In late February, Girl Scouts in western Pennsylvania will begin to fulfill cookie orders that were taken by January 26. Delivery continues through mid-March, so check with your Girl Scout for her delivery plans!

Q: I really want to buy cookies now, but I don't personally know a Girl Scout. How can I get my cookies?
A: Girl Scouts will begin their booth sales on February 23. That's when you'll see booths at community locations. Use our Cookie Locator to find a booth near you.

Contributions and donations:

Q: What is Operation: Sweet Appreciation? 
A: Operation: Sweet Appreciation (OSA) allows cookie customers to purchase boxes of cookies to be sent to veterans and men and women serving our country at home and overseas in the U.S. Military, as well as veteran service organizations. In 2017, GSWPA was honored to send nearly 46,000 boxes of cookies to service men and women. OSA cookies can be donated on an individual girl's cookie order forms, at booth sales, and online at gswpa.org/military during cookie season. And, we will continue to accept donations through May 29, 2018!

Q: Where does my money go when I buy Girl Scout Cookies?
A: All proceeds from the cookie program stay within our council to benefit all GSWPA Girl Scouts. Find out more about how cookie proceeds are used.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Starting a Daisy on her epic adventure in Girl Scouting

As you may know, the rewards of being a Daisy Girl Scout are abundant and help her discover her inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™. That’s why we want to offer the opportunity to be a Girl Scout to every girl.

From earning her very first petal and badge to gaining a ton of new skills, Daisies are truly starting an epic adventure through Girl Scouts! We want more girls in grades K-1 to grow and learn like never before in our all-girl, girl-led environment.

This January and February, we're aiming to add more Daisies to our Girl Scout family, and we need your help! 

Daisy leaders, please consider recruiting more Daisies to your troop. Use this flyer to encourage girls to make friends and try new things by joining your awesome Girl Scout troop.

Did you know that some girls join Girl Scouts because they want to sell our iconic cookies? Help these budding businesswomen learn how to work in teams, share ideas, and plan and meet goals. It’s not too late for them to join and be a part of Cookie-powered adventures!

Spread the word. Please consider sharing theflyer and all the benefits of Daisy-hood in your community.

Our long history and research show how much girls grow, learn, and achieve in Girl Scouts—help us share those benefits with more girls in 2018!

For each new Daisy troop that is started between now and February 28, our service unit receives an entry into a drawing for $100. The more Daisy troops that start, the more chances to win. Eligible new troops must have a minimum of two approved leaders and five girls.

Please contact customercare@gswpa.org with your questions, or if you’d like help recruiting more girls to your troop.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Girl Scouts invited to special movie screening of Peter Rabbit


Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) members are invited to a free screening of Sony Pictures Animation's new comedy, Peter Rabbit at AMC Waterfront in Pittsburgh, Saturday, February 3!

Peter Rabbit
Saturday, February 3 at 11 a.m.

This Saturday, catch a free screening of Peter Rabbit . There will be some fun family activities beforehand! Register for your free movie passes online. You'll be redirected to a website where you can download your passes. Please have your pass ready to show at the door.

Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role of his own irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude.
Peter Rabbit will be released in theaters February 9, 2018.

The first 100 attendees to arrive with their pass will be admitted. Please arrive early for the best seating options.

Girls are encouraged to wear their uniforms since this is a special screening for GSWPA Girl Scouts! 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Pittsburgh troop leader receives city-wide recognition

Pittsburgh City Council proclaimed Thursday, December 28, 2017, as Elaine Effort Day in the city of Pittsburgh.

Photo by: Nate Guidry/Post-Gazette
Photo courtesy of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Effort was recognized by the city council for her 38-year career at KQV-AM (1410), Pittsburgh's oldest, all-news radio station that went off the air at the end of the 2017. 

Not only has Effort been extremely involved in city matters and events throughout the years, she is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of the USA.

Her time in Girl Scouting began 26 years ago. As her daughter bridged to the next level of Girl Scouts, Effort worked to continuously recruit volunteers to lead younger girls in the Pittsburgh area. She is currently a leader of troop 52493 in the Pittsburgh East service unit.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Effort was praised by the nine city council members, including compliments from Rev. Ricky Burgess, who called her "a trailblazer, a friend, and a role model," while directing his remarks in part toward young women in the room. She was referred to as the "personification of grace and class," while never getting a fact wrong.

Aftyn Giles, a current troop leader with Effort and one of Effort's previous troop members says "She inspires girls to discover more about friendship, fun, community, compassion, and themselves through the accomplishment of badge work, goal setting, and field trips."

According to Giles, Effort's professional skills impacted the young girls in her troop by teaching them to ask the right questions, dig deeper, dream bigger, think critically, and make good connections. 

"In general, all of us that were in her troop can boast that we are college graduates and in productive careers that center around many of the values that she and Girl Scouts taught," Giles said. "She's a pillar of the community and has helped open doors for us that would have otherwise been closed."

Friends and family joined Effort for the proclamation, presented at council’s last meeting of 2017.

A special congratulations to Elaine from Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania!