Thursday, January 10, 2013
It's time to place your 2013 cookie order!
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Ben Gross
Thursday, January 10
Since 1917, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America have been selling baked goods to raise funds to support local community service projects, maintain Girl Scout camps, develop programs and provide financial support to girls in need. Last year, in the Washington, DC, area alone, more than 4.5 million boxes of cookies were sold. While scouts still sell cookies door-to-door, the Girl Scouts have gone high-tech in the last few years, offering the "Cookie Club" website—which allows scouts to sell cookies via email—and launching the Girl Scout Cookie Locator app so that one is never more than a few clicks away from one's favorite cookies: So, we want to know, what is your favorite Girl Scout Cookie, and why?
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Eating a box of peanut butter-filled Tagalogs is one problem. Another problem is actually going around in the dead of winter, knocking on doors to sell them. But it can be a time for mothers and daughters to bond too.
It’s bitterly cold, it’s getting dark, and the last thing I really want to do is stalk our neighbors with a clipboard in hand to see who’s already home. But my six-year-old is determined to make one final sale before calling it a day. “Would you like some cookies? We will be donating part of the money to a food bank,” she squeaks as the door opens and a neighbor peers out. It’s a phrase she has been rehearsing for the past few days as we kicked off our first year as a mother-and-daughter team to sell Girl Scout cookies. Her Daisy Scout troop of 14 girls had decided to sell 150 boxes over the next two months, but my daughter declared at the last meeting that her personal goal was to sell 85 boxes. Never mind that she’s setting herself up …
Friday, January 7, 2011
If getting rid of junk food is part of your new year's resolutions, then you may want to consider postponing your plans for a few weeks. The Girl Scouts are back with their Thin Mints and Samoas, and they mean business.
If giving up snacks is part of your new year’s resolutions, you may have an uphill battle in front of you as the Girl Scouts get serious about annual cookie sales which is going on now until March 27. Especially if someone as tenacious as eight-year-old Tanya comes knocking on your door. A third grader in Gaithersburg, Tanya was one of 2010’s top 100 cookie sellers for the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital, which is made up of over 90,000 members from Washington DC as well as Northern Virginia, southern Maryland, and part of West Virginia. Tanya sold 1,148 boxes last year, nearly twice as much as she did in 2009, while the average Girl Scout in the area sells about 109 boxes. Selling cookies “runs in the blood,” said Tanya’s …