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Girl Scout Cookies

Sunday, March 03, 2013

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:
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:

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.
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    I love this idea!! Just recently I was reading an article on a "fitness" web site. I honesty can't remember where I read it because I have been reading so many healthy articles lately, but it was for "decadent" desserts made from girl scout cookies. I couldn't help myself and had to post a comment: something like ARE YOU KIDDING? WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?? Why would you post these types of recipes on a heath/wellness/fitness site? People who are trying to lose weight and be health conscious don't need to be eating calorie laden desserts made with GS cookies. Don't get me wrong... I love the girl scouts, but your suggestion is a great way to support the girls and avoid the temptation!! emoticon
    1873 days ago
    I have a GS Brownie. We have been encouraging folks to donate to one of our two causes - 1) Operation Cookie Care Package - local military families or 2) the local food shelf. People who don't have the self control have really liked that option of donating.
    1873 days ago
  • TANYA602
    I was a Girl Scout for years, and back in the day we went door to door. Believe it or not, I bought three boxes of cookies (and bought 3 more for the Troops overseas) last year and still have two left! The one box that was eaten was actually eaten by the team of teachers I work with, and I didn't have a single one! This year I have managed not to buy any, and even DH asked me not to buy his favorites - the Samoas. But I do like your idea of donating to the Troop!
    1873 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    My hubby bought a box of Girl Scouts Thin Mints for me ( my favorite) So far I have been only eating 2 instead of 4 that is the serving amount---I still have half a box left. Think it's time for me to have a sweet treat now. You idea make sence, especially for those who go overboard with eating the cookies. Got to run and get my 2 cookies now.
    1874 days ago
    Interesting blog.
    1874 days ago
    I was a girl scout for many years. Cookies were not where we made most of our money ... but you were required to sell cookies in order for your troop to have any other (more profitable) fund raiser. But yes, a donation is a great thing, without the guilt!

    1874 days ago
  • CAMAEL100
    Great idea. I don't like collections where the proceeds don't all go to the club that is doing the selling.

    Maybe a sponsored walk/run, (age appropriate distance) would promote better health skills.

    Great thought provoking blog.
    1874 days ago
    You have a great idea there. I never thought about they would just get more out of a cash donation.
    1874 days ago
    Great idea! My daughter sells cookies, and I never even thought about it like this, thanks!
    1874 days ago
    Good idea. Boy they come around often don't they!
    1874 days ago
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