Learn from Yesterday, Live for Today, Hope for Tomorrow
- Albert Einstein
Included in this issue:
~ Cake Decorating (for Older Girls)
~ Cookie Information
~ Spring Camporee Weekend Dates
~ Summer Camp Information
~ GS NorCal Council January Updates
Cake Decorating (for Older Girls)
Learn the Skills of Cake Decorating

Using Cupcakes or a Cake that you provide!
Open to Older Girls – Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

Date: Friday, January 21, 2022
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Dublin High School Student Union (8151 Village Parkway, Dublin)
Cost: $6 per girl


Questions: Call 925-200-0172, Karen Rodriguez, Girl Scout Volunteer or 
Jennifer McCort, Troop Leader,
Cookie Information
2022 GSNorCal Cookie Program will run from February 1 to March 27, 2022

Link here for information on the Crossroads Website
Crossroads Cookie Information Meeting Summary
Link here for presentation slides

Volunteer Resources (on GSNorCal website)
Volunteer Information Packet (Troop Cookie Manager Manual)
Training Videos (on GSNorCal YouTube channel)
eBudde (portal for Troop Cookie Manager)
Digital Cookie (platform for girls - active only after Jan 28, 2022) (GSNorCal cookie finder)
Family Guide (will arrive by mail in Jan 2022)

Important Cookie Program Dates

Cookie Booth Lottery will be through eBudde
January 10th, 8pm to January 11th, 11:59pm
: eBudde Lottery Round 1 (Troops reserve 6 sites inside Service Unit boundaries; 2 max per business)
January 13th: eBudde Scheduler opens for unrestricted reservations

January 13th: Initial Orders due
January 19th: Volunteer access to Digital Cookie opens; check inbox from
January 28th: Digital Cookie login emails to families from
February 1st: Digital Cookie Shops open for business
February 6th: Crossroads Initial Order Delivery Day at Oracle in Pleasanton (All troops placing an Initial Order must provide at least 1 volunteer for a 2-hour shift. Students 6th grade and up are welcome to volunteer with adult supervision.)
Girls may deliver and market in-person in residential areas once cookies are in hand.
February 14th
: Public booth sales start
February 18th - 20th: National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend ($5 flat rate shipping for online customers)
March 2nd: 1st ACH debit ($2 per box received in-hand via Initial Order and Cookie Cupboard)
March 27th: Sale ends (Troops locked out of eBudde March 31st 11:59pm)
April 2nd: Final ACH debit

Booth Information
Please do NOT approach large businesses to ask about setting up booths - that is being done by our Crossroads Booth Coordinator. If you have any leads or contacts at businesses who would love to host booths, please email
See pg 8 of the Volunteer Adventure Packet (Troop Cookie Manager Manual) for booth info.

Details to come. Looking for location for DoorDash booth right now. Only Juniors and up can run the DoorDash booth. (Booth sign up will NOT be through eBudde.)

2022 Cookie Rewards
For Initial Order in eBudde: Only girls who intend to sell 175+ or 225+ packages should be assigned 1 package of Thin Mint to receive Initial Order rewards/tools. Girls who do not intend to sell, and other girls who anticipate selling less than 175 or 225 packages should not have any packages assigned to them for the Initial Order.

Dec 15th Message from Crossroads Cookie Program Manager
Dear Troop Leaders and Troop Cookie Managers,
eBudde is now available for you to access the 2021-22 Sales Season information. Please log in and confirm that your Contact details are up-to-date and that all of the girls in your troop are listed. If there are missing Troop Leaders,Troop Cookie Managers, or Girls in eBudde, please refer to your MyGS account to make sure that their Girl Scout registration AND, for adults, their background screenings are up-to-date and not expired. Please also confirm the adult roles. Those designated as Troop Leaders or Troop Cookie Managers in MyGS should show up in eBudde (as long as their registrations and background screenings are current).

Sale details and resources from Council
Council's Volunteer How-To videos can be found on YouTube
Specific information pertaining to Crossroads Service Unit

The Crossroads Volunteer Meeting discussed cookie sale highlights and details specific to Crossroads. If you did not attend one of Council's Cookie Kickoffs, please review the Volunteer Resources section of Council's Cookie Resources page. Both the Kickoff Presentation and Troop Cookie Volunteer Packet are available.

Information for families can be found in the Family Guide.

If you have any questions, please email me at
Mindy Destro, Crossroads Cookie Program Manager 

Dec 15th Message from GSNorCal Product Team
Hello Troop Cookie Volunteers,  
Thank you to those who were able to attend our 2022 Cookie Program Troop RETURNING Volunteer kickoff last week. As a reminder, resources and access to eBudde are both live. Keep sending us questions!
Please use this link to access the Troop RETURNING Volunteer Kickoff deck with notes. We are unable to share the recording due to technical difficulties.
Kickoff highlights: 

Troops are strongly encouraged to place an Initial Order
Girls use Digital Cookie app to accept customer payments
Record packages sold ASAP in eBudde
Booths are back
EntreprenHERs in Action Day sessions for girls and families
$0.85 proceed level reduced to 230+ Troop PGA 

For volunteers:
Program Overview Video
2022 Volunteer Adventure Packet
2022 Family Guide will arrive in family and volunteer mail boxes week of 1/3
One-stop resources for girls, families, and volunteers: Cookies+ Program Resources
Weekly Q&A registration links

For families:
EntreprenHERs in Action Day Saturday, 1/29
Caregiver Responsibility Agreement
Your Product Team,
Aria, Christine, Gwen, Maria, Minda and Romie

Guidance for Troop Cookie Volunteers
1. Place Initial Order on January 13, 2022
Each troop places an Initial Order of cookie packages prior to the beginning of the Cookie Program to ensure girls have enough inventory available for the first 2-3 weeks of the program.

2. Register for Q&As with GSNorCal Product Team (link here) every Wednesday, 5:30pm-6:30pm (01/05/22 - 03/30/22).
• January 5 & 12 Topic: Troop Initial Order & Booth Lottery
• January 19 & 26 Topic: Digital Cookie
• February 2 Topic: Deliveries – Girl Approved and Delivered Digital Cookie Orders
• February 9 Topic: Booths and Marketing

3. Encourage your girls to register for EntreprenHERs in Action Day on 01/29/22.

K-3rd Grades, 9:00am-9:45am - register (link here)
4th-5th Grades, 10:15am-11:15am - register (link here)
For Caregivers, 12:00pm-1:00pm - register (link here)
6th-12th Grades, 1:15pm-2:15pm - register (link here)
Spring Camporee Weekends
Save the dates!

More information coming soon.

Camporee Bothin - March 18-20
Bothin Girl Scout Camp, Fairfax

Camporee Butano - April 22-24
Butano Creek Girl Scout Camp, Pescadero

Attendance to only ONE of the Camporees allowed per girl
Summer Camp Special
Volunteer Run Camps & Council Run Camps

Coyote Hills Day Camp
GS Volunteer Run Day Camp at Garin Park in Hayward
July 11 to 15

More info on website once things have been confirmed

Diablo Day Camp
GS Volunteer Run Day Camp at Twin Canyon Girl Scout Camp in Layfayette
8 @ 1-week long sessions begin June 6 and end July 29. Link here for session descriptions.

Registration dates
Starting Jan 7: Directors and their families
Starting Jan 28: Third year (and up) volunteers and their families
Starting Jan 28: Training Elves (including siblings)
Starting Feb 11: New and Second year volunteers and their families
Starting Mar 9 (12 noon PST): Open registration. Last year, most spots were filled on the first day of open registration.

Link here to presentation slides

Camp Butano Creek
GS Volunteer Run Sleep Away Camp at Butano Creek Girl Scouts Camp in Pescadero
3 @ ~1-week long sessions begin June 25 and end July 30. Link here for session dates.

Registration dates
Starting Jan 15: Returning staff and their household
Starting Jan 23: New staff and their household

Starting Feb 5 (8 am PST): Open registration, for campers and staff.
Link here to presentation slides

Two Sentinels
GS Volunteer Run Sleep Away Camp at Lake Kirkwood in the High Sierras
3 @ ~1-week long sessions begin July 10 and end Aug 6. Link here for session dates.

Registration dates
Jan 8-27: Staff and staff kids
Starting Feb 5 (9 am PST): Public registration

Link here to presentation slides

GSNorCal Council Camps
Council Paid Staff Run Sleep Away Camp at Various Girl Scout Camps (Bothin, Hidden Falls, Sugar Pine)
Various sessions begin June 12 and end Aug 9. Link here for session dates.

Registration dates
Starting February 1: Open to all

Link here to summer camp preview
GS NorCal Council Updates
January 2022

Link here for January 2022 Council updates

Featuring info on:
~ Cookie Program

     * Initial Order
     * Q&A with Council (register here)
     * EntreprenHERS in Action Day on January 29

~ Camp Registration (opens February 1st)
     * Link here to summer camp preview
~ Program events
~ Girl Board Participant Applications are due January 15 (info here)
~ San Jose Store open Thurs & Fri, 10a-2p); Alameda Retail Store closed until further notice 
(All orders placed Directly with GSNorCal outside of the San Jose area will now qualify for the pandemic promotional shipping rates of a flat $2.95 for orders under $99 and free shipping for all orders above $99.)
~ Volunteer Toolkit (VTK)
~ Volunteer Learning Portal (VLP)
~ gsLearn
~ gsCommunity
~ GSNorCal Facebook

Link here for Council Updates - January 2022
Crossroads Facebook Closed Group
We have a "closed group" on our Facebook Page.  This for adults who are registered Girl Scouts and are screened and cleared.  Because this is a closed group we can share more specific information about service unit events and happenings within Girl Scouts. 

If you would like to be a member of the closed group, use the link to our Facebook Home Page (click here), once there click "More" then "Groups".  From there you can request to join the group.  Once an administrator has verified your membership and volunteer clearance you will be added.

If you notice you have not been approved, be sure to check your Facebook messages.  Sometimes we need to email and follow-up with questions, as our Girl Scout and Facebook names may be different.
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