It’s that time of the year again when those in your office with girls in the Girl Scouts will be requesting you to buy their daughter’s Girl Scout Cookies. You can mark your calendar as that time of the year when Thin Mints, Tagalongs and Do-Si-Dos come out in force.
Sales of Girl Scout cookies reached a total of $700 million nationwide last year. While just as many should be sold this year, they will come with something missing: Girl Scout cookies are trans fats free in for the first time.
Here are some common questions that your salesperson may not be able to answer:
- Why do the Girl Scouts sell cookies?
- Where does the money go?
- And why should you never buy the cookies online?
According to the Girl Scout’s official website:
“The activity of selling cookies is directly related to our purpose of helping all girls realize their full potential and become strong, confident, and resourceful citizens.”
- Girl Scouts practice life skills like goal setting, money management, and teamwork–and they have fun!
- Customers get a great product and get to support girls in their own community.
- All of the proceeds support Girl Scouting in the local community.
The revenue collected from selling cookies helps the local Girl Scout councils to:
- Recruit and train volunteer leaders for each troop/group.
- Provide the financial assistance needed to make Girl Scouting available for all girls.
- Improve and maintain camp and other activity sites.
- Keep event/camp fees for all members to a minimum.
- Sponsor special events and projects.
If you have ever wondered why the Girl Scouts don’t sell cookies online, it’s to protect “the safety and security of the young sales representatives” according to the Girl Scouts. That means that any cookies being sold online are done so by third parties not associated with the Girl Scouts and revenue generated from the sale does not go to the Girl Scouts.
You can visit the official website at girlscouts.org for more details about this 90-year tradition.