GREENSBURG – The Girl Scouts of Decatur County kicked off their 2014 cookie sales with a cookie rally on Friday.
Membership Development Manager Sarah Crain of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana (GSCI) said there are 142 registered Girl Scouts in Decatur County, in 14 troops. From now until Jan. 25, the girls will be accepting presale orders for cookies.
Door to door sales will be dependent on individual troops and parents. Cookies will be delivered to troop leaders on Feb. 5, after that, scouts will deliver preorders and will set up cookie booths over the weekends to sell boxes of the tasty treats. Cookies will be sold until March 17.
Crain said Decatur County girls will be at Walmart on Feb. 8, 15 and 22. They may also be selling cookies at Rural King and Mainstreet Market. This year, the Girl Scouts will have a Cookie Locator App that will go into effect on Jan. 31, which allows one to enter their zip code and receive a list of all the active cookie booths in the area.
While Crain didn’t have any specific goal for cookie sales this year, she said the girls always strive to sell more than the previous year. There are a number of incentives for sales milestones to help motivate the young ladies to do their best. For selling 500 boxes, individual girls will receive tickets to an amusement park, such as King’s Island or Indiana Beach. Individuals who sell 1,000 boxes will get their choice of an iPod Touch, an American Girl doll or a week at camp. As a troop, if the girls average 250 boxes per girl, the entire troop gets tickets to a mystery event, which is usually a concert.
Crain said she was only aware of one troop with a specific goal for their proceeds from the cookie fundraiser. That troop plans to use their earnings to fund a trip to Savannah, Ga., to see the home of Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the Girl Scouts in 1912.
Girl Scout cookies come in six varieties- Do-Si-Dos, Samoas, Savannah Smiles, Tagalongs, Thin Mints and Trefoils. Cookies cost $4 per box. For those who wish to support the Girl Scouts, but don’t enjoy cookies, Operation Cookie Drop will be active this year.
Patrons purchase the cookies, which are then donated to local active and retired military members. Last year, more than 6,400 cases of cookies were delivered to Stout Field Air National Guard Base, Camp Atterbury and more than 60 National Guard armories.
Girl Scout cookies were first sold in 1917, just five years after the organization was founded by Juliette Gordon Low. The first cookies were made by the Girl Scout of Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Okla. and their mothers. They sold the cookies at the local high school cafeteria as a service project to raise money for troop activities.
From there, the annual fundraiser continued to grow into the massive campaign it is today, with people all over the world eagerly awaiting the day the renowned treats go on sale. The Girl Scouts’ cookie program has undergone a number of changes since its inception, but the lessons taught to the young women selling the confections has always been a large part of the effort.
The Girl Scouts website says, “There’s more to Girl Scout cookies than what’s in the box.” This point is emphasized by the five life skills the young ladies learn by selling and delivering the cookies. According to the Girl Scouts of America, selling cookies teaches the girls goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics- all of which are considered to be essential aspects in regard to leadership, success and life. Saturday, the girls will participate in Cookie College in Columbus, which will teach them the five money skills and will be facilitated by Mainsource Bank.
Crain said the Girl Scouts are always looking for volunteers. All one has to do is pass a background check, register as a member and pay a $15 fee. Girl Scouts is open to all girls in kindergarten through 12th grade. To join, parents should contact Sarah Crain at 317-924-6890 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Parents may also contact Volunteer Service Unit Manager Ginger Webb at 811-593-4533.
Most Girl Scout troops meet every two weeks, though Crain reported a program called “pathways of participation” where scouts join and attend only the meetings and events that fit into their schedules. The girls actively work on community service and philanthropy projects to better themselves and their communities.
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