Here's a roundup of all the fun contests going on during the 2014 Cookie Sale Program:
Contest for Customers
Buy 5: Customers who buy five boxes of cookies can fill out an entry form for a random drawing to win SIX CASES of COOKIES . The troop who sold to the lucky winner also wins a $50 GSSA shop gift card!
Contests for Troops
NEW! Collect the Most Buy 5 Slips: The troop that turns in the most "Buy 5" entry forms (based on per girl average, so it's fair to all troops, large or small) will receive a $50 GSSA shop gift card!
Walkabout Weekend: There is still time (until March 2) to encourage your friends and family to "like" your photo in our Facebook Walkabout Weekend photo album. The photo with the most "likes" will win 100 Program Credits for the troop.
Contests for Girls
Top Cookie Sellers: Top Seller wins choice of iPad or 400 Program Credits. The 2nd and 3rd top seller and top-selling family (more than 2,200 packages) wins choice of Kindle Fire or 200 Program Credits.
NEW! Top Regional Sellers: We have divided up the council into five regions with roughly the same number of girls. The top seller from each region will win a choice of a Kindle Fire or 200 Program Credits (winners of the above contest are excluded from this one).
100+ Boxes: For every 100 boxes of cookies sold, your name will be entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire! There is no limit on number of times you can enter (e.g., sell 600 boxes, and you get 6 entries; sell 1,000 boxes, you get 10 entries).
Of course, in addition to these contests, there are all the fun recognitions that girls can earn! (Applicable to troops that choose recognitions.)
Contest for CouncilsCOCO: That's right -- Councils compete amongst themselves, too! The council with the highest average of girls who sell even ONE box of cookies using the COCO smart phone app will win a cash prize. Our CEO has designated this prize (if we win) to purchasing jon boats for our camps. So if the council wins, the girls win!
Results tagged “Cookie Bites” from GSSA Leader Blog: The Virtual Volunteer
The number one question we receive after the cookie sale is: What paperwork do you need me to send in, if our troop is going (fill in the blank)?"
Here's a comprehensive rundown -- all in one place!
Trips, Outings, & Overnights
require a little advance planning by your Troop Trip Coordinator.
Some quick reminders:
Girls are not permitted to leave the meeting place
unless you notify your SUM or Field Exec of the troop's travel plans.
-Adults are not permitted to drive
unless they have been Approved, are over the age of 21, and have a valid driver's license and auto insurance card on file with the troop.
Keep a copy of each driver's license and insurance card in your Troop Trip Folder.
Copies of these documents must be attached to every Overnight Trip/Camping Application as well.
Adults are not permitted to chaperone,
stay overnight, drive, or handle troop funds, unless they are approved volunteers and current registered members.
-Activity insurance will not cover members
unless your trip is approved, every participant is registered as a member, each adult is an approved volunteer, and safety-guidelines and policies are followed, including having signed permission forms.
Pull off a copy of the most current 2012 Safety-Activity Checkpoint for each activity, from the council website.
"Tagalongs" cannot be insured unless they have planned activities, designated supervision, and insurance has been purchased for them.
-Overnights are not permitted
without the approval of an Overnight Trip/Camping Application.
This includes ALL overnights, whether at a state park, at one of our Council camps, the local church basement,
a hotel, or your backyard. Applications are to be submitted 2-4 weeks in advance, to firstname.lastname@example.org
A Troop/Trip Folder can save you
tons of time and will keep you ready for every meeting, activity, and travel opportunity throughout the year.
The leadership team-member who is with the girls, must be in charge of this folder.
The Troop/Trip Folder should include:
-troop roster with emergency contact numbers*
-maps, destination addresses & phone numbers
-copies of reservations, pre-payments, business contacts, etc.
-copies of every adult's driver's license and auto insurance
-copy of certifications - FA/CPR, lifeguard, canoe, archery, camping, etc.
Each driver, and your at-home contact, should have an envelope containing copies of the first three items. *
Do not finalize any plans until your overnight trip has been approved by Council, 4 weeks prior to launch.
And, did you know......?
-Caravanning (following a lead driver) is not permitted.
-Emailed permission is valid; it should contains the details of the outing, the name of the girl, emergency contact numbers, and the name of the parent giving permission.
-Before you rent a vehicle (to charter a bus, rent a car, etc.) you must complete the Vehicle Rental Application and have it reviewed by a council staff member.
-Camp reservations will be cancelled, unless your Overnight Trip/Camping Application is received 2 weeks in advance.
For questions about trip applications, insurance, rental applications, safety-guidelines, volunteer approval, etc., contact email@example.com
Please remember to:
- Read SNAP messages - they keep you up-to-date on new developments
- Don't leave cookie money in your car, or unattended at a booth sale or work
- Only sell ABC cookies - we aren't allowed to sell Little Brownie Bakers cookies in our council