By Sarah Corbin
Girl Scout Cookie Season in Oak Park and River Forest
Thin Mints, Samoas, Do-si-do's: Some of my favorites from childhood. In our area boxes are $4 each. And most of the money from a cookie box goes right to the girls. To quote from the Girl Scout website (honestly they say it best):
"With every purchase, approximately 70% of the proceeds stays in the local Girl Scout council to provide a portion of the resources needed to support Girl Scouting in that area, including the portion that goes directly to the group selling the cookies. The balance goes directly to the baker to pay for the cookies."
Different troops use the funds for different activities. Our troop had some carry over from our sales last year. We have used those funds to help support the activities we participated in this past fall: a food drive, a toy drive, a project teaching generosity, and a school wide lock in that aided in developing multi aged relationships with the girls. What is not to like about that?
The Girl Scouts as an organization are better than some franchises in giving the tools necessary to market the sales and help further the cause. If you are at all a marketing geek go to www.littlebrowniebakers.com. It's amazing and I personally love it. Troops can dowload clip art, thank you's, packaging ideas. As a small retailer it might be worth a look just to get some thoughts on gifting.
As a consumer, the Girl Scouts have an app to help you find a cookie booth. You can get on-line too and look for a cookie booth location based on the zip code you enter, same website:www.littlebrowniebaker.com
Our area started reserving our cookie booth locations just this past Monday night. So for example, I know that a troop is for SURE going to be at the Jewel in River Forest on March 3rd at 11am. If you know your troop's booth location I encourage you to list it here in the comments. Seriously - it's a good spot to get it all in one place. And it helps our community know when to show up to get a box or 10.
The girls are out over the next few weeks, going door to door with their buddies, or guardians, or parents in tow to be sure everyone is safe. The Girl Scouts have a great training program for that too. And you can be sure that when my daughter is a little older I will encourage her to participate in the girl entrepreneur training that Girl Scouts has organized. That junior leadership training series is also pretty amazing.
I'm really glad my daughter is involved in an organization that supports all girls from all walks of life. I'm also really glad that we live in a community that supports those same ideals.
Good luck girls, stay safe, and happy Girl Scout cookie season.