Our View: Girl Scout cookies are more than baked goods

Published on Friday, 2 March 2018 19:04
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This weekend, local Girl Scout Troops will be hitting the streets to sell their famous Girl Scout cookies.

The annual cookie campaign has taken place for more than 100 years, according to the Girl Scout website.

The selection of baked treats has evolved over the years. This year, the cookie offerings include: the ever-popular Thin Mints, Caramel deLites/Samoas, Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs, Do-si-dos/Peanut Butter Sandwich, Lemonades, Trios, Savannah Smiles, our favorite, Shortbread/Trefoils, and the newest addition Girl Scout S’mores among others.

Like the cookie recipes, the way in which the Girl Scouts market the cookies has evolved, too.

Instead of waiting for a Scout to knock on your door, cookie lovers can find Girl Scout cookie booths in their communities at shopping centers and other public venues, or visit the Girl Scouts’ website: girlscouts.org, to find a seller nearby or order them online through the Digital Cookie platform.

While almost everyone loves cookies, there is a serious side to the cookie campaign.

Not only do Girl Scouts learn skills like goal-setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics, they also learn how to market and spend the revenue from the cookie sales because 100 percent of the profits stay with each troop.

Troops can use the money for summer camp, travel and programs or charity donations.

Most importantly, the cookie sale helps girls become more self-confident, encourages them to take a leadership role and empowers them by giving them the opportunity to earn, learn and spend the revenue from their efforts.

So, whether you are looking forward to a box of Girl Scout S’mores or have a craving for Thin Mints, the dollars spent on Girl Scout baked goods go a long way in benefiting the 30,000 Connecticut Scouts who participate in the sale.

That’s a sweet deal for everyone.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Editorials on Friday, 2 March 2018 19:04. Updated: Friday, 2 March 2018 19:06.