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Alice Diamond 12:50 p.m., Oct. 22
Girl Scout Cookie Season 2013 may be less than a week old but it is definitely in full swing.
I remember not so long ago when Girl Scouts went door-to-door, taking pre-orders and promising to deliver the product at a later date while the whole family would sit there salivating for weeks (or months?) in anticipation.
Nowadays, troops must estimate how many boxes their scouts might sell and order accordingly.
There's barely any waiting now as Facebook posts and emails from friends, family, co-workers, friends of co-workers, etc trying to hock their daughters’/nieces’/cousins’ current load of Girl Scout Cookies flood our newsfeeds and inboxes.
Not treating these cookie correspondences as spam, I landed myself a cookie delivery house call, at still the regular price of $4 a box, and finally have boxes of Girl Scout cookies well before the majority, for the first time ever.
Chances are, even if you haven’t seen any of these cookie propositions in person, you would only have to ask a friend/coworker/acquaintance and they would be more than happy to point you in the direction of the nearest Girl Scout parent.
Or you can wait until February 8 when booth sales start and you can see the girls in green posted up in front of grocery stores selling their baked delights.
You can take your chances, hoping those sugar gems will be waiting for you on you next market errand or you can hunt down the Girl Scout Cookie booths digitally.
Remember, you’re not just feeding your sweet tooth, or teeth as the case may be, either.
The profit from every Girl Scout Cookie box purchased goes directly back to the Girl Scouts – the troop, the local Girl Scout Council and the girl herself.
$0.65 to $0.90 goes to the troop
$1.84 to $2.09 goes to the local Council for activites, volunteer training, camps, and financial assistance
$1.12 is the cost of the cookies, program materials, and marketing events
$0.14 goes to girl earned rewards
The fourteen cents per box for the scout’s reward might not sound like a lot, but considering the girls sell hundreds of boxes, it is enough to pay for sleepover camps or, in one troop’s case San Francisco, and even a laptop for selling 3,000 boxes.
The Girl Scouts have also run a program since 2002 called Operation Thin Mint that allows people to spend the same $4 per box but have that box of Thin Mints donated to troops serving overseas instead of being donated to their own personal cookie cravings.
Girl Scout Cookie sales end March 9 this year, with booth sales closing up shop on March 3.
Happy cookie eating and be careful about those crumbs in bed!