Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Cookie craze on the way

The time we’ve all been waiting for is finally here: Girl Scout Cookie season. The Glowing Embers Girl Scout Council prepares to start their annual fund raiser.

Girl Scouts around Hamilton will begin selling Girl Scout cookies on February 16 and will stop selling around March 21. Troops will set up booths in April, when the cookie orders come in, to sell cookies to people who didn’t order them in February. The Hamilton Elementary troop will have a booth to sell cookies on April 19th at the Trestle Stop from 8am-2pm, and at the Hamilton Food Center from 10am-2pm. They are also considering setting up a cookie booth at Hamilton High School in April.

Girl Scout cookies have been a staple of American culture for over 90 years. However, they have come a long way from the home-baked 23 cent box cookies they started with. Today, Girl Scout cookies are made especially for the Girl Scouts of the USA by Little Brownie Bakers, and more Girl Scout cookies are sold in three months than are sold by other top brand like Chips Ahoy or Oreo year round.

Girl Scouts will be selling the traditional cookies this year, including best sellers Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, and Peanut Butter Patties. The GSUSA will also introduce a new cookie to their sales, the Lemon Cream Chalet. Like all Girl Scout cookies, the new addition will be kosher, and packaged in traditional Girl Scout box featuring a girl scout taking part in scouting activities.

If you prefer to not buy cookies for yourself, you can still help out. Troops in the Glowing Embers Girl Scout Council also donate cookies to the Gift of Caring program that will give cookies to the 110th Fighter Wing in Battle Creek military personnel. Troops can also donate the cookies other charities of their choice, such as food pantries, domestic and homeless shelters, children’s hospitals, police and fire stations, etc. And as always, donations of Girl Scout cookies are tax deductible.

The Girl Scout cookie program aims to help girls gain essential life skills. “Selling cookies helps girls learn how to set and meet their goals and develop leader skills,” troop leader Jennifer Stork said. Cookie funds also raise money for Girl Scout programs and activities. Many troops have set specific goals and plan to have a special trip or activity if they meet their goals.

According to girlscouts.org, 100% of Girl Scout cookie sales go to Girl Scout programs of some sort, and 70% of that stays local. When you buy cookies, 15% of the money is given directly to the troop, 24% goes towards paying for the cookies, and 56% goes to programs for girls such as Girl Scout Camp Merrie Woode, and the last 5% is used for incentive awards for girls and costs of printing, training, advertising, and bank fees.

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