Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
New this year: Order Girl Scout cookies, get them on the spot
Next month, when Girl Scouts are out selling their delectable, mouth-watering cookies, waiting to get your order will be a thing of the past. After seeing success in other parts of the country last year, Girl Scouts in your area will be using a direct-sales model. What that means to us is if You want thin mints now? You get thin mints on the spot.
This means Girl Scouts will have inventory available as they go door-to-door, starting Saturday, Feb. 5. This year's cookie sale cookie booth will start appearing at local businesses Friday, Feb 25. This year's sale will end March 20.
Reducing the delivery process means girls are actively selling for the entire six weeks of the program, making it easier for customers to find Girl Scouts with cookies. It also gives customers instant cookie gratification when they receive their favorite Girl Scout cookies at the time of purchase.
This year the Girl Scouts of MN and WI lakes and pines will have eight varieties available: Thin Mints, Carmel Delights, Thanks A-lot, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbreads and the Newest addition Shout Outs. For more information about the types of cookies visit
The Girl Scouts cookie program teaches girls life skills like goal-setting, decision-making, money-management, dealing with customers and business ethics.
To learn more about Girl Scouts and where to get Girl Scout cookies go to
Girl Scout Service Unit 25 has 86 girls from Kimball, Eden Valley and Watkins. Through Cookies Sales, the girls build self confidence, learn how to budget and earn money to do many things. The girls and the troops set goals, then figure out how many boxes they need to sell, then they plan how they will achieve that goal. The girls have fun working to achieve their goal.
Local Girl Scouts have gone to Girl Scout Camps, where they have met new friends and learned many new skills while doing traditional camp things. They learned about aquatic life when they went to a program called "Sleeping Under the Sea" at the Mall of America. Still, other girls spent a night at the Stearns History Museum where they saw Sue the T-rex, and learned about archeology, dinosaurs and local history. The girls also had the opportunity to learn some money-management skills as they planned fun events like going to Build a Bear, movie outings and any other activities.
Troop leader Sarah Zipoy shared that "Over the years that I have been with Girl Scouts, I have seen the confidence build in many of the girls in our troop. They have made friendships with girls from other troops and have learned to work together. They remember the Motto "Do a Good Turn Daily and Be a Sister to all Girl Scouts."
Sarah also adds "Thank you for supporting our girls through cookie sales and helping in making their dreams come true."
Some fun Girl Scout Cookie facts
Juliette Gordon Low (founder of Girl Scouts) initiated the cookie sale as a way for Girl Scouts to be self-reliant and to fund their own activities. One hundred percent of the proceeds from cookie sales goes to supporting Girl Scouts locally. In the 1920s and '30s, Girl Scouts in different parts of the country baked their own simple sugar cookies and sold them to raise money for their activities.
The first documented council-wide sale of commercially-baked cookies took place in Philadelphia in 1934. The first national Girl Scout Cookie sale was held in 1936.
Over the years, cookie varieties have come and gone in response to changing consumer tastes. However, the only modification to Shortbread has been a "facelift" in 1979 when the cookie's traditional Girl Scout service mark was replaced by a more contemporary service mark.
For every box of Girl Scout Cookies you buy, more than two-thirds of your purchase prices stay in the local Girl Scout. By eliminating the carton on Thanks-A-Lot cookies this year alone, Girl Scouts- of the USA, and ABC Bakers are taking more than 150 tons of paperboard out of the waste stream. This saves enough paperboard to fill 14 garbage trucks* and yields energy savings equivalent to 30,000 gallons of gasoline**.
All of ABC's Girl Scout Cookie varieties have a trans fat value of zero grams per serving. ABC's new Shout Outs! Girl Scout Cookie has zero grams trans fat per serving, no artificial colors, no artificial preservatives, no high fructose corn syrup and no hydrogenated oils!