Posts tagged ‘girl scout cookies’

April 9, 2013

2013 Bling Your Booth Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the following troops for winning this year’s Bling Your Booth Contest. All winners will receive gift certificates to our Council Store.

  Elgin Freeport Rockford Sugar Grove
First Place Troop 1195 Troop 5242 Troop 3399 Troop 4801
Second Place Troop 1141 Troop 5043 Troop 3223 Troop 449
Third Place Troop 201 Troop 5033 Troop 3398 Troop 4137

Here are photos of the First Place Winners. You can view photos of all of the winners

on our Facebook Page.

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Rockford Service Center – First Place: Troop 3399

troop 4801- Geneva

Sugar Grove Service Center – First Place: Troop 4801

Freeport Service Center - First Place: Troop 5242

Freeport Service Center – First Place: Troop 5242

Elgin Service Center- First Place: Troop 1195

Elgin Service Center- First Place: Troop 1195

March 22, 2013

Thin Mint Popcorn

Looking for something to make for The Great Girl Scout Cookie Challenge? Why not try this making this Thin Mint Popcorn? Entries are accepted through March 31, 2013. Don’t miss your chance to win a basket full of baking supplies valued at $100!

TMPopcorn

Thin Mint Popcorn

1 1/2 bags light microwave popcorn, popped (Don’t use 2 full bags)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup butter
Pinch of salt
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1/2 tsp baking soda

1 package Thin Mint cookies (or Keebler Grasshoppers), coarsely chopped

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Rip open your popcorn bags and tear them carefully down the middle. (Basically make your popcorn bag flat with the popcorn sitting on top of it. This will cause all the unpopped kernels to fall to the bottom, so you can easily scoop up handfuls of the popped pieces only.) Place the popped kernels in a large bowl.

Stir together the sugars, corn syrup, cocoa, butter, and salt in a saucepan over medium high heat until boiling. Allow to boil 2 minutes. Then stir in peppermint extract and baking soda. Mixture will foam.

Pour chocolate mixture over popcorn in your bowl and stir until very well coated. Spread the popcorn onto the foil-lined sheet. Bake in the oven 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped cookie pieces. Allow to cool to room temperature. (Put in freezer for 10 minutes or so if you’re impatient like me). Break into chunks and store in an airtight container. Best after aging a day or two.

March 15, 2013

GSNI Announces The Great Girl Scout Cookie Challenge!

The Great Girl Scout Cookie Challenge

We all know Girl Scout Cookies are amazing right out of the box. But did you know they also work great as ingredients in a number of recipes, too? We want to know – what’s your favorite recipe using Girl Scout Cookies? If you tell us, you will be entered in a drawing to win a Baking Basket valued at $100! Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow us on Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/GSNorthernIL
  2. Create a board called “The Great Girl Scout Cookie Challenge”
  3. Pin photos of the food you made using Girl Scout Cookies. Make sure you put the recipe in the comments or link to it in some way and include #GSNICookieChallenge in your post.

Each recipe will count as one entry into the contest. GSNI reserves the right to use photos and recipes collected during this contest in other printed and digital materials. Credit will be given to people who submit recipes. In order to be selected as a winner, your Pinterest profile must be connected to Facebook for notification purposes. Entries will be accepted between Monday, March 18, 2013–Sunday, March 31, 2013. The winner will be chosen on April 1, 2013.

Need ideas? Check out our idea board on Pinterest.

So, let’s get cookin’! Show us what you can make with Girl Scout Cookies for your chance to win!

March 15, 2013

Wal-Mart Approves Girl Scout Cookie Booths Nationwide!

Great news! Wal-Mart is reexamining its solicitation policies regarding storefront activity and is now permitting Girl Scouts to continue to sell cookies in front of stores, including Sam’s Club locations, across the country! Our friends at Wal-Mart have asked us to share the following statement about the Girl Scouts/Wal-Mart relationship:

Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club are proud to support local Girl Scout troops with their annual cookie-selling campaigns. This year, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, and Girl Scouts of the USA have developed a uniform agreement to establish a consistent process for conducting the 2013 cookie campaign in front of our stores and clubs. This effort intends to ensure a strong, uniform relationship between our company and the local troops during the 2013 cookie-selling season. Wal-Mart is committed to providing the best possible store experience for our customers, and we are committed to being a strong community partner. We believe that because of this process even more of our stores and clubs will be encouraged to participate.

Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club’s locations nationwide have been provided with a copy of this agreement. The decision of whether or not a particular Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club will allow Girl Scouts to have a cookie booth is decided by the manager at each store. If you are interested in having a cookie booth at your Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club location, please contact the manager, mention the new agreement, and encourage the manager to allow local girls have a cookie booth at the store. Your word as a loyal shopper and community member means a great deal to the management at each store!

If you have any questions regarding the agreement between Wal-Mart and Girl Scouts, please contact Madelon Koerner, Director of Product Program, at 847-741-5521, Ext. 7120 or mkoerner@girlscoutsni.org.

March 1, 2013

Announcing GSNI’s 5 for Five! Contest

5 for Five! Contest

This year, GSNI is pleased to announce our 5 for Five! Contest, running during Cookie Booth Season from March 1 through March 24, 2013. When a customer purchases five boxes of Girl Scout Cookies at a Cookie Booth, they will be given a raffle ticket to win 25 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies. The customer will be directed to our website to enter the contest. Entries must be submitted via our website by March 29 at 12 Noon . A drawing will be held at 1 p.m.  on March 29 and winner announced via our website and social media shortly thereafter.

The 5 for Five! Contest is designed to support the five skills Girl Scouts learn through the Girl Scout Cookie Program: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills, and Business Ethics. Happy Cookie Booth Season Everyone!

February 22, 2013

Cookie Delivery Safety Tips

While delivering Girl Scout Cookies this week, don’t forget about these helpful tips:

  • Girls wear a membership pin, uniform, or Girl Scout clothing (e.g., Girl Scout T‐shirt) to clearly identify themselves as Girl Scouts.
  • Girls and accompanying adults are familiar with the areas and neighborhoods where product sales take place.
  • Girls participate in door‐to‐door sales only during daylight hours.
  • Use safe pedestrian practices, especially when crossing at busy intersections. Do not enter the home of a stranger.
  • Do not carry large amounts of money. Provision for safeguarding the money is made in advance.

Also, we wanted to mention if you missed the Booth Buzz meetings held at GSNI Service Centers earlier this month, you can get some great ideas by watching the How to Host a Successful Cookie Booth training videos from Mari Kaye Rath’s presentation. A list of videos can be found here.

February 13, 2013

National Girl Scout Cookie Day Was A Success!

Last Friday, February 8, 2013, was the first ever National Girl Scout Cookie Day! GSNI celebrated at all four Service Centers by inviting everyone in for a FREE Girl Scout Cookie Tasting. Visitors had an opportunity to learn more about the five skills Girl Scouts learn through the Girl Scout Cookie Program and order Girl Scout Cookies. Here are a few photos from that day.

Girl Scout Cookies dressed up in their finest for National Girl Scout cookie Day!

Girl Scout Cookies dressed up in their finest for National Girl Scout cookie Day!

Lexi R. describes the different flavors of Girl Scout Cookies to visitors of our Elgin Service Center.

Lexi R. describes the different flavors of Girl Scout Cookies to visitors of our Elgin Service Center.

Visitors happy with their National Girl Scout Cookie Day treats at our Freeport Service Center

Visitors happy with their National Girl Scout Cookie Day treats at our Freeport Service Center

Girl Scouts at the ready at our Freeport Service Center!

Girl Scouts stopped by to celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Day at our Freeport Service Center.

A Sugar Grove Police Officer who is also GSNI Alumnae stopped by the Sugar Grove Service Center and bought some Girl Scout Cookies while talking with Annabelle L. and Emily T.

A Sugar Grove Police Officer who is also GSNI Alumnae stopped by the Sugar Grove Service Center and bought some Girl Scout Cookies while talking with Annabelle L. and Emily T.

Emily W., Isabella M., Emily T., and Annabelle L. [left to right] helped visitors at our Sugar Grove Service Center.

Emily W., Isabella M., Emily T., and Annabelle L. [left to right] helped visitors at our Sugar Grove Service Center.

Angelica K. greets visitors at the Rockford Service Center.

Angelica K. greets visitors at the Rockford Service Center.

Angelica K. and Dakota K.are ready to help the crowds at our Rockford Service Center.

Angelica K. and Dakota K.are ready to help the crowds at our Rockford Service Center.

Visitors to National Girl Scout Cookie Day could purchase the official patch to celebrate the day!

Visitors to National Girl Scout Cookie Day could purchase the official patch to celebrate the day!

Thank you to all of the community members who stopped by to celebrate the Girl Scout Cookie Program on National Girl Scout Cookie Day. Also, a special thanks to all GSNI Emissaries, volunteers and staff who helped to make this day successful!

Just because National Girl Scout Cookie Day is over doesn’t mean GSNI is done with cookies! Cookie delivery begins February, 19 and Cookie Booth Sales begin March 1. Keep your eye on girlscoutsni.org/cookie.html for the latest news throughout Girl Scout Cookie Season. Also, for more updates, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn!

February 4, 2013

What Girls Learn though the Girl Scout Cookie Program

Every year, more than 50 million boxes Girl Scout Cookies are sold and enjoyed by people across the country. However, Girl Scout Cookies are more than just delicious. They are the product of the world’s largest girl-led business. We wanted to take some time to highlight five skills that girls learn while participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

GSUSA Cookie BoxWhat Girls Learn and Why It Matters

Goal Setting: Girl Scouts set cookie goals and develop a plan to reach those goals. When the time comes, she’ll be ready to create a well-thought-out plan for researching colleges and applying for scholarships.

Decision Making: Girl Scouts decide with their team how they will spend their cookie proceeds. As she grows up, she’ll know when and how to give back to her community.

Money ManagementGirl Scouts take cookie orders and handle customers’ money. She can handle a checking account, help with the grocery shopping and even stay on top of her cell phone bill!

People SkillsGirl Scouts learn how to talk and listen to all types of people while selling cookies. She can work well with others on school projects or as part of a sports team.

Business EthicsGirl Scouts are honest and responsible in  every step of Girl Scout Cookie Program. She will develop excellent references for when she looks for her first job or applies for college.

When you purchase Girl Scout Cookies, your box of cookies is your reward for enriching this learning experience for Girl Scouts. Having exposure to the Girl Scout Cookie Program gives girls the skills they need to make the world a better place.

Join us in celebrating the Girl Scout Cookie Program during National Girl Scout Cookie Day on Friday, February 8, at all GSNI Service Centers. You can taste FREE Cookies from 4-6 p.m.! Also, this will be your first opportunity to purchase the National Girl Scout Cookie Day Commemorative Patch. Click here for full details on our events.

January 28, 2013

National Girl Scout Cookie Day

National Girl Scout Cookie DayGirl Scouts of the USA has declared Friday, February 8, as the first-ever National Girl Scout Cookie Day! National Girl Scout Cookie Day highlights the 5 Skills Girl Scouts learn through the World’s Largest Girl-led Business – The Girl Scout Cookie Program. These skills include: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills and Business Ethics.

“Everyone knows how tasty Girl Scout Cookies are, but many customers don’t realize that they’re also helping girls build money management and people skills,” said Girl Scouts of the USA Chief Executive Officer Anna Maria Chavez. “The girl who sells you Thin Mints today may be running a business, reversing the deficit, and improving your community within a matter of years. Just ask our 59 million Girl Scout alumnae, including 70 percent of the women now serving as U.S. senators.”

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is celebrating by offering a FREE Girl Scout Cookie tasting to the public from 4–6 p.m. at each of our four Service Centers.

Elgin Service Center
12N124 Coombs Road
Elgin, IL 60124
Freeport Service Center
5040 Business Rt. 20 W
Freeport, IL 61032
Rockford Service Center
2820 McFarland Road
Rockford, IL 61107
Sugar Grove Service Center
200 New Bond
Sugar Grove, IL 60554

People can taste free samples of their favorite Girl Scout Cookies or try new flavors! Local Girl Scouts will be on-hand to talk about how the Girl Scout Cookie Program provides them with savvy business skills like goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics, and people skills. Community members will also have the opportunity to order cookies locally and support girls in their own neighborhoods!

Cookie lovers and social media fans can also support National Girl Scout Cookie Day by tweeting their favorite Girl Scout Cookie using the hashtag, #onemorebox and be entered in a nationwide contest!

Local girls will join Girl Scouts across the nation as they ask over 50 million cookie fans to buy or order more boxes in honor of their success in running the largest girl-led business enterprise in the world! Find cookies and visit Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois online at http://www.girlscoutsni.org/cookie.html.

Come celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Day with GSNI! See you Friday, February, 8!