Shop & Office Hours
Region 3 Team
Membership Specialist, Team Lead
Erika Rhode Braatz
Director of Program
Product Sales & Finance Specialist
Waite Park Regional Center
The latest news for Girl Scouts in Brainerd, Mora, and surrounding areas. Do you have something to share? Contact any member of our Regional Team.
March 30, 2015 at 09:36am
Dance the night away with Troop 78 as the DJ plays music for a Frozen-themed Dance.
A light dinner will be provided.
WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 2015 | 4:00 - 8:30 P.M.
WHERE: Camp Ripley Training and Community Center
COST: $15.00 per girl – adults are free
Frozen activities will be:
· Mask making
· Make your own snow
· Build your own snowman snack
· Picture booth – 2.00 extra
Bring-a-Friend: Every girl bringing a friend, both the girl's and the friend’s name will be put into a separate drawing for a special prize.
March 10, 2015 at 04:31pm
Have you been considering one of our international council trips, but just haven’t had time to register yet? Here’s a little incentive! If you register for Costa Rica 2016 or England, Ireland, Scotland 2017 before March 31st, you’ll save $200 off of the total tour price! Plus, you can use any expiring cookie dough if turned in before April 30th. For more information and to register, contact Hannah McCabe at email@example.com or (218) 302 – 3182.
March 2, 2015 at 03:05pm
March is already underway, so now is the time to sign up for Free Being Me, a
program happening at Camp Shingobee on Saturday, March 28th. Girl
Scouts has partnered with Dove to create activities designed around positive
body image and self esteem. Come just for the day, or stay the night and
continue making friends and building confidence! Register online at https://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/Default.aspx?pid=92.
Any questions contact Hannah McCabe at firstname.lastname@example.org or (218) 302 – 3182.
February 26, 2015 at 02:37pm
Have you registered for Kaleidoscope yet? Would you like to travel with your troop and other girls from your area? Sign up today to catch a FREE ride from Brainerd to the University of Wisconsin – Superior and enjoy a worry free trip! Simply add the transportation option to your registration when you sign up online here: http://www.gslakesandpines.org/pages/Kaleidoscope/
Or contact Hannah McCabe at email@example.com or (218) 302-3182 with questions and to reserve your seat. Spaces are limited so register now to guarantee a spot!
March 20, 2015 at 04:06pm
March 22, the last day for girl credit, is fast approaching. Thank you to everyone who has helped girls to succeed in running their cookie business this season! We have several updates to help you through the next stage of the cookie sale.
COCOdirect packages were uploaded to Snap this week. Our girls have sold 2,306 online so far, which is exciting for a first year program. Congratulations girls! We will make sure that any additional packages sold online this weekend are credited to girls before the recognitions orders are placed next week.
Gluten Free Trios have also been transferred in Snap. Troops will notice that Trios are showing up as Cranberry Citrus Crisps. This will have the smallest impact on next year’s orders. The key in distinguishing which are Trios is that they are being transferred from the Gluten Free Cupboard. Because Snap is not currently set up for two different price points, we are not able to increase the dollar amount for Trios so they are currently billing at the same price as the other cookies. Please note that we will add the extra dollar per Trios package and enter that as a Gluten Free Bank adjustment after the final ACH debit.
The last day for RETURNS is Tuesday, March 24.
· Troops may only return full unopened/unmarked cases (up to the number of girls selling in the troop) if the troop met the requirements of 120 packages per girl selling on the initial order (this can be done at your local cookie cupboard, also).
Not sure if your troop met this requirement? Go into ABC Snap > Reports > Troop Balance Summary (make sure to filter by packages)…look for the initial order line – this will tell you how many packages the troop had on the initial order – and divide it by the number of girls selling for the troop.
· This is a one time return per troop and has to be completed by Tuesday, March 24 (no exceptions).
· Remember, Exchanges may still be done if you have a full unopened/unmarked case of cookies for a different full unopened/unmarked case of cookies, as long as we have the varieties in stock.
March 25th: Troop Recognition Order due in SNAP. Remember to transfer packages to girls before creating the recognition order.
The second ACH debit will occur March 25. The amount being withdrawn will be 50% of the remaining balance owed. The final ACH debit will be April 8 for the remaining balance due. Troops having difficulty collecting money from families must fill out an Outstanding Money Report and notify the council at least seven days prior to the ACH date to have their debit amount adjusted. Outstanding Money Reports must be sent no later than April 3, 2015. Questions? Contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist.
The Waite Park and Duluth Cookie Cupboards will be open the following for the rest of the cookie season:
Saturday, March 21 – 9:00am-12:00pm
Monday, March 23 – 8:30am-5:30pm
Tuesday, March 24 – 8:30am-5:30pm
Wednesday, March 25 - 8:30am- 5:30pm
After Wednesday, March 25, the cookies at the Waite Park and Duluth Cupboards will be moved to the Waite Park and Duluth Girl Scout Offices. Troops may still get cookies after March 25 as long as varieties are available.
Evaluations on this year’s Cookie Sale, found in the back of your Answer Book(s), are due by April 15 at the Waite Park Regional Center. Please take the time to fill these out and return them. They are helpful in planning next year’s sale!
Happy Cookie Season and Thank You again for all that you do!
March 4, 2015 at 09:54am
WHEN: Friday, April 17, 2015 l 6:30-8:30 pm
WHERE: First Lutheran Church, Little Falls
Join us as we celebrate and recognize our fabulous volunteers and Girl Scouts!
We will recognize adult award recipients; top Cookie sellers from Region 3; Leaders Day Card Contest winners; and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award recipients!
RSVP to Bonnie 320-515-4187 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please, let me know how many will be attending so we have enough refreshments for everyone!
March 2, 2015 at 01:24pm
THANK YOU to all who are helping girls to reach their goals by running their very own cookie business. Cupboard managers, community product sales managers, troop leaders, other volunteers, parents, and most especially cookie eaters all play an important role in helping girls learn and succeed have fun. Thanks again for all you do!
March ACH Debit
What is an ACH debit? It is a financial transaction where funds are electronically withdrawn from a bank account. We have three ACH debits scheduled to occur during the 2015 Cookie Sale where we plan to withdraw funds electronically from troop bank accounts:
- Due March 4: 45% of initial order (or 45% of packages owned by February 17, if no initial order was placed.) March 4 ACH calculations include quantities of Initial order gluten free. We added initial order packages for the traditional and gluten free cookies; figured amount due to council (excluding the extra $1 for gluten free.) Example: in packages 144 (in Snap) + 12 (gluten free) = 156 X 3.40 – $530.40 x .45 = $238.68 amount of March 4 ACH.
- Due March 25: 50% of remaining balance troop owes.
- Due April 8: Remaining balance due. The extra $1.00 for Gluten Free will be collected on the final ACH.
If your troop is having trouble collecting the amount which will be withdrawn, please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist no later than the Friday before the ACH debit is to occur.
Need more cookies? Have too many cookies? Controlling cookie inventory can be tricky. Remember, the goal is to get to a zero inventory for your troop and our council by the end of the sale. We want all cookies to be sold because leftover packages that are owned by the troop or council still must be paid for.
How can you help? The obvious – sell cookies while the demand is there; so help girls to sell early and often. Next, if you need more cookies, place a planned order in Snap by Sunday night at 10:00 p.m. for exactly what your troop needs for the following week. Our council relies heavily each week on reports that show where planned orders need to be filled throughout the council. This information helps us determine where cookies are needed and when. So if your troop does not place a planned order, your local cupboard may not have the cookies on hand that you need. PLEASE, help us help you by placing a planned order in Snap each week that you need cookies. Finally, if your troop has too many or the wrong kind of cookies – reach out! Contact families in your troop, other community troops, your Community Product Sales Manager and your Cupboard Manager and let them know what you have too much of. Transfer cookies between girls or troops wherever possible. Remember that unopened, factory sealed cases can be exchanged for another variety at cupboards where additional inventory is available. Need more tips on preventing left over cookies? See page 30 of the Answer Book for Troop Product Sales Managers.
For any troop who would like more gluten free Trios; we have product available! Troops are now able to take Trios in either ½ case or full case quantities. Please know that the no return policy still applies. If your troop hasn’t tried the gluten free please consider taking a ½ case (6 packages). We are hearing that customers are asking about Trios at many cookie booths. Remember that your troop can earn regular troop proceeds of .60 (for the recognition plan) or .65 (for the cash plan) per package, and packages will also count towards girl recognitions. Please contact your Product Sales and Finance Specialist on how to get Trios for your troop.
5 for 5 Program
We have had a great number of entries in the Buy 5 Packages Win 5 Cases promotion and hope it is helping girls to sell even more cookies. We are aware that customers putting in their entries continue to get an error message. While we are currently trying to fix this issue, please let customers know that their entry is still getting through and that they should ignore the message. If customers are told in advance that they may get an error message when putting in their entry, but that we will still receive it, this would be helpful. Thank you!
Also, to answer a common question we have been getting about the 5 for 5, yes, girls need to give customers a unique code for each five packages which are purchased in a single transaction. So if a customer purchases ten packages, they will then receive two unique codes from the girl. Hope this makes things clearer.
Bling Your Booth!
Plain is boring! We have seen a few blinged booths and they have looked fabulous. There’s still time to Bling Your Booth and win! Remember to take a photo of your cookie booth and upload to the GSUSA Facebook page, www.facebook.com/GirlScoutCookieProgram by April 30, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Your troop has the potential to win $500 cash! See the Winter 2014 Connections for additional details. Good luck!
February 25, 2015 at 08:51am
WHEN: April 17th , 2015 | 6:30-8:30 pm
WHERE: First Lutheran Church, Little Falls
- Adult Award recipients
- Top cookie sellers
- Leader’s Day Card Contest winners
- Bronze, Silver & Gold Award Recipients!
Join us as we celebrate our year; enjoy a beverage and cake while we mingle!
RSVP to Bonnie 320-515-4187 or email@example.com
February 18, 2015 at 09:25am
WHEN: February 23, 2015 | 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Brainerd Good Samaritan Society | 804 Wright St., Brainerd
A learning session to assist new troop leaders with the basic steps of how to get their troop meetings up and running and how to guide girls in their participation choices throughout their Girl Scout adventure.
Click here for all the details.