Yep, they're back. You might feel obligated to buy cookies from your local Girl Scout. You may even have an obsession about them and perhaps you buy them by the case. You never are able to stick to the serving size, I mean, who can stick to two cookies?
What is the Girl Scout getting from it? Well, they are learning about how a corporation works, they get paid less than minimum wage while the troop gets a small profit and the next step up gets a middle profit to let the whole sector go on trips and things. Supposedly the corporation top doesn't take much from the cookies, they get around 30% of the profits, with millions sold, they're still making a great profit.
The local troop gets about 10%, around $.50 per box. The girl gets nothing, perhaps an "I sold cookies" badge. Now, I really shouldn't say nothing, the troop gets to decide what they're doing with the money the get from the sales, perhaps a trip, perhaps some other endeavor, but the girl doesn't get paid at all otherwise.
That $4.00 a box you're putting toward this troop gets them $.50. (Check this link for more inside information about that: girlscoutsnebraska.org/s
link directly to a handbook that's online.)
So now we know what the girls are getting, but what are you getting in a box? Nutrition info from the Girl Scout website here: www.girlscouts.org/progr
Thin mints are a popular favorite, you get 4 cookies in a serving. You get 160 calories per serving. That makes for 1280 calories in a box. It's great if you can stick to the serving size, but I know many of us can't.
My favorite is probably also the worst in calories, the Samoa, also called Caramel DeLites. You get 2 cookies. 150 calories per serving, 75 calories per cookie. There are about 7 servings in that box.
Perhaps you are doing the better thing by getting the "healthiest" cookie, the Shortbread (or the Trefoil). You get 4 cookies for 120 calories! What a bargain! Better yet, you get the most cookies in a box, 10 servings!
Now don't take this wrong, if you enjoy the cookies and can eat them in moderation, go ahead, but there are better ways to support your local troop. When they're out and selling, surprise them by donating cash to their troop. They get 100% of your donation when you simply give them money and don't buy the cookie. You don't have to find yourself with the extra calories on your behind nor the guilt of having all those cookies lying around your home.
The girls that participate get that little badge saying they sold cookies and plenty of people will buy them. If you can't handle yourself around the cookies, don't buy them. The girls are always willing to take donations for their troop. I know I surprised one girl by telling her I didn't want cookies, but she could take my $10 donation toward her troop.
So instead of buying a box of cookies for $4, just donate the $4 toward the troop so they can go learn some good life skills and have more money to use toward the fun stuff.