Support GSMH for Give Ozarks

Thank you for your support of Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland and the ToGetHerThere Campaign during the first ever Give Ozarks Day!

To make a secure donation until midnight tonight, go to Give Ozarks-GSMH to complete a basic credit-card donation. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the

At Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, we believe that when girls succeed so does society.


Help GSMH meet our Give Ozarks goal!

Please support Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland on May 5 for Give Ozarks!Your gift will not only support GSMH and the ToGetHerThere campaign, but it will make us eligible for prizes awarded throughout the 24-hour giving event.

Each hour during Give Ozarks a prize will be awarded to an agency who has a least one individual/unique donor. The more unique donors we have in a particular timeframe allows GSMH more opportunities to be eligible for prizes.

We would appreciate your support of GSMH at any time throughout the day on May 5, but please consider the following hours which provide larger incentives!

  • Quick Start: Midnight – 1:00 a.m. The first agency with 25 unique online donors will be awarded $2,000.
  • Luck of the Draw:  Any agency receiving one or more donations during hours not listed in other categories will be entered into a drawing for $1,000.
  • Night Owl: 3:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. – Any agency receiving one or more donations will be entered into a drawing for $2,000.
  • Golden Ticket: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Noon – 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Any agency receiving one or more donations during these times will be entered into a drawing for $4,000.
  • Big Finish: 11:00 p.m. – 11:59 p.m. – The agency with the most online donations in the last hour of giving will be awarded $2,000.

Additional prizes are available to agencies throughout the day so please stay tuned through our Facebook page and Twitter feed for day of updates!

Help spread the word! Tell your friends about ToGetHerThere and Give Ozarks.


Join GSMH and Give Ozarks ToGetHerThere

The first-ever Give Ozarks 24-hour online giving days is scheduled for May 5, 2015 and GSMH is participating.

GSMH has a goal of raising $5,000 to support the ToGetHerThere campaign – a campaign that’s all about girls and helping them become successful leaders in their communities.

Making a secure donation is simple! On May 5, donors can to go Give Ozarks-GSMH to complete a basic credit-card donation. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.

May 5 is Give Local America Day when community foundations across the country will be holding similar online fundraising events to boost resources for their local nonprofits, encourage new donors and raise awareness of philanthropy in general.

Online giving days, a growing movement in the philanthropy field, have raised millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations over the past six years.

At Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland, we believe that when girls succeed so does society.

Help spread the word! Tell your friends about ToGetHerThere and Give Ozarks.


Be an Early Bird! Renew Today!

early bird patch 15-16Why is it great to be an Early Bird?

  • Girls receive a special 2015 – 2016 Early Bird patch.
  • Back by popular demand – Early Bird Bills!
  • Special access to a limited edition Early Bird t-shirt!
  • Be set to start troop meetings in the fall.
  • Free attendance to an “Early Bird Bath” in your area!

For troop leaders, there are many advantages to registering early! When school starts back up in the fall, we know that the last thing you want to worry about is getting your troop registered. Use Early Bird as a chance to get ahead of the game: forget chasing down registration forms from parents during the busiest time of the year – get them in now, or even better, use ROSE to re-register your troop and skip the forms all together! Turning in your paper forms on or before close of business June 1 will also guarantee that  your troop will be entered into our database and ready for upload into NUTe and SNAP for Fall Product and Cookie programs with no stress or worry on your part. Early Bird
now to save time and stress this fall – and earn an “Early Bird Bill” for your troop to boot!

Register online with ROSE!

Online registration is easier than ever this year! Leaders now have the option of re-registering their troop online if they are the active 01 and want to pay with troop funds!* Notice the new Troop Roster in your packet? That’s to help you get your troop re-registered! Each troop choosing the Troop Roster option will have the parents sign the roster:

  1. Giving their daughter permission to participate in Girl Scouts.
  2. Confirming their daughter’s information.
  3. Giving you, the troop leader, permission to go onto ROSE and register their girl for the next year.

All that’s left is to return the signed roster to the council!  Additionally, parents may still register their own daughter on ROSE. You will simply need to note that next to her name on the roster.
*Online registration currently accepts credit/debit card payments only.


2015 Girl Scout Cookie Program Extension

The 2015 Girl Scout Cookie Program has been extended through March 29, 2015.
The 2015 Girl Scout Cookie Program is being extended to support our troops who have had their Cookie Program affected by unforeseen circumstances,  such as weather. GSMH Service Center cookie cupboards will be open until Friday, March 27 for troops that are in need of cookies for direct sales and booths.
  • Troops can continue to conduct all direct sales through March 29. All cookies sold will continue to count toward girl recognitions.
  • Troops can continue to sell remaining product March 30 through April 15, but those sales will not count towards recognitions.
  • The new timeline for completion of the Cookie Program includes firm dates and deadlines that cannot be altered.
    • Troop Deposits for initial orders due: March 16
    • Last day to submit changes for first ACH: March 16
    • First ACH 50% of amount due from initial orders: March 19
    • Last day to submit changes for second ACH: March 23
    • Final day service center cookie cupboards open: March 27
    • Second ACH for 25% remaining balance owed: March 27
    • End of Girl Scout Cookie Program: March 29
    • Final cookie merchandise order deadline: March 30
    • All paperwork and SNAP recognition order due to SU: April 1
    • Recognition order due to GSMH: COB April 3
    • Final paperwork due to GSMH: COB April 3
    • Last day to submit changes for final ACH collection: April 6
    • Third ACH for remainder of balance for all sales: April 10
    • Recognitions ship: April 27
  • Recognitions will accumulate on all sales through March 29.Therefore, it iscritically important that all cookies are allocated from the troop to the girls in SNAP. Staff will not be able to follow up with troop leaders to obtain this information. If cookies are not allocated by March 29, we will be forced to allocate cookies evenly between girls in SNAP.
  • Remember to make frequent deposits and not hold onto checks from customers. This will help with returned ACH and theft issues.
  • *Service Center cookie cupboard hours will remain the same through March 27.
  • Please check with you local cookie cupboard for any hours of operation during the March 16-27 time-frame.
For all other questions, please check with your local product program specialist or membership marketing specialist.
*Service Center Cookie Cupboard Hours
(open through March 27, 2015)
Monday-Thursday 11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Believe in Girls Photo Contest

Courage. Confidence. Character.

What does that mean to your girls?

Girl Scouts of all age levels are invited to submit an original photo of what “Courage, Confidence, and Character” looks like for our Believe in Girls Photo Contest!

One winner from each age level will be chosen and their photo printed on canvas to be displayed at the Believe in Girls Expo and then in their local service center! Winning girls will receive a print of their photo, a certificate, and recognition in council media.

Requirements: must be an original photo, featuring at least one Girl Scout; must be submitted by email along with your name, age (troop level), hometown, and description of photo included with submission!

Please send your photo to Marketing/Brand Manager, Wendy Whelan. Hurry! The deadline to submit your photo is Friday, March 6!


Girl Scout Cookie Program: COCO Command Help


It’s Cookie Time! And this year, The Girl Scout Cookie Program has gone digital—going beyond the booth and offering more ways to buy cookies and support girls’ learning than ever before.

We know that some of you have experienced issues with COCO (the digital tools supported by our baker, ABC) over the past several days, and we apologize for the difficulties. ABC Bakers is working to fix the problems and we are in contact with ABC’s technology team to make sure COCO is ready for our Girl Scouts to take full advantage of all its tools.

Before you log in to COCO (either again or for the very first time),  it is important to understand the tools, their differences, and how you can access them with your Girl Scout. We have outlined some of those tools below.

If you had previously signed up for COCO, the username and password you provided should be working now. If you sent e-cards, be sure to check under the “online marketing” tab and then view “emails sent.” If you see emails sent in that tab, your emails were delivered successfully. If you do not see this, you will need to re-enter email addresses and re-send your e-cards.

Before you start, we have also determined that there is some misunderstanding between sending a secure-site link to a customer for purchase of cookies and delivery to their home (digital cookies) and sending an e-card to a customer, having them promise an order and not pay in advance (these cookies should be ordered with your troop leader, and then delivered with money collected by the Girl Scout in February.)

All these steps are outlined below. Thank you again for your patience and the support you are giving your Girl Scout as she runs her cookie business!


 Some helpful tips for logging in, either again or for the first time:

  • If for some reason you cannot log in with an existing username or password, do not reset your account. Contact We will work with ABC to establish a new username and password for you.
  • If you are establishing accounts for multiple Girl Scouts requiring a parent email, the profile and parent email address must be unique for each girl.
  • Username should be alpha and numeric, do not use symbols.
  • Username and passwords are case sensitive.
  • If you are viewing multiple Girl Scouts’ accounts, you must clear your cache (history) between viewings.

Market Promise Orders from Family and Friends

If you want to send an email to your local friends and family reminding them of the Girl Scout Cookie Program through COCO Command at, you can do this using your laptop, PC, or tablet / smart phone by downloading COCO Mobile from your app store.

The Girl Scout will load email addresses and send an e-card to potential customers. The customer will see a digital order card and select what he or she would like. The customer will not be asked to pay (this is a promise order).

Once that promise order is made, the Girl Scout will log into COCO Command and select her “view order” tab under online marketing tools. She will see the pending order(s) that need to be placed.

Remember, these online promise orders need to be given to the troop leader by the order-taking deadline. Your Girl Scout will need to deliver to and receive payment from the customer when the cookies arrive.

COCO Direct 

COCO Direct is sending a link to customers to purchase cookies and ship directly to their home. In order to use this tool, you must use your PC or laptop only to register at COCO Command. Visit  to get started. Please remember to use Internet Explorer 8 or higher, Chrome, or Firefox as your browser. You can find ABC Baker training videos on our website that can help you register for COCO.

This tool, only accessed and used with your PC or laptop, will send a purchase link to family and friends who live out of town and wish to have cookies delivered to them. Remember, the customer will be charged shipping, and there are limits on what he or she can order.

Your Girl Scout will receive credit for these direct orders, but the tracking is done behind the scenes. Our staff will be uploading these orders directly into the troop’s SNAP account on a weekly basis, at minimum.

None of these orders need to be given to or recorded by your troop leader. The processing and delivery of COCO Direct cookie orders are handled by ABC, and are shipped directly from the ABC warehouse to the customer.

Thank You!

Hopefully your Girl Scout had a great planning meeting with her troop and you heard all you need to know about the program at your parent meeting. If your troop has not had a parent meeting, no worries! If your Girl Scout is registered and you have filled out a permission slip for the Cookie Program you’re welcome to get started now. Girls are required to be registered and have a permission slip on file before they participate–so reach out to your troop leader or cookie manager for more information. Initial cookie orders are due to your troop cookie coordinator on January 21, 2015.

Thank you again for your support and patience! We will keep you updated on any additional bugs and fixes with COCO. We are here to support you, please contact us at for any additional assistance.




Giving Tuesday #OneMoreGirl

GivingTuesday3Today kicks off our 2014 #GivingTuesday campaign-“One More Girl!” You and your daughter are enjoying all the wonderful opportunities and leadership experiences that Girl Scouting has to offer.

As part of the holiday giving season, we are asking our families to give that opportunity to another girl. Your $15 gift will allow “One More Girl” to become a Girl Scout. A girl whose financial circumstances might otherwise prevent her from participating. A girl whose self-esteem is low because she doesn’t have the chance to explore her dreams and goals. A girl who is afraid to try new things because she doesn’t have the support of friends and adults who can help her expand her horizons. A girl who doesn’t see the leader she can be.

I hope you will take this opportunity to share the gift of Girl Scouting this holiday season! Each girl whose life is forever changed by Girl Scouting learns to “help people at all times” and “to make the world a better place,” ideals emphasized in our Girl Scout Promise and Law. Your gift today will make a lasting impression on a girl, on your community, on our council, and across the globe!

Support GSMH and make your donation today. Thank you for helping just “One More Girl!”



Vote for Outdoor Badge Activities

Girls voted and GSUSA listened! Outdoor Recreation has been chosen as the theme for the next set of Outdoor badges.

The second phase of Girls’ Choice voting has begun. Girl Scouts is adding one new badge for the Brownie, Junior, Cadette, and Senior levels. Take this short survey and help choose the badge activities that most appeal to you. This survey runs from December 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014.

Girls Choice Badges

You can vote as often as you like! The badge activity with the most votes wins! The winning badges will be announced on March 12, 2015.

If you have any questions email Leadership and Learning Specialist-Outdoor Program, Melody Hutchison  or call 877-312-4764 x1122.


Nominate a Volunteer for a Council Recognition

We love our volunteers and we know you do, too! Help GSMH recognize the greatness of our volunteers and thank them for the contributions they make in developing girl leaders.

Tell us about the amazing and inspirational Girl Scout volunteers you know. Council awards are given to adult members who go above and beyond the expectations of their volunteer role and make a positive difference in the lives of girls.  Think of the volunteers you know, consider all they have done over the past year for Girl Scouts, check out the descriptions of  the council awards, and nominate that special volunteer today!

Don’t delay! Nominations for council-level adult recognition awards are due on December 5, 2014 to your regional Leadership and Learning Specialist—Volunteerism.

New this year, we will have regional recognition events to celebrate and recognize the achievements of our volunteers:

    • Central Region: Saturday, April 11, 2015, 9 a.m., Columbia.
    • Southeast Region: Saturday, April 25, 2015, 12 p.m., Cape Girardeau.
    • Southwest Region: Saturday April 18, 2015, 11 a.m., Springfield. 

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your regional Leadership and Learning Specialist—Volunteerism or 877-312-4764.