Did you know that Thin Mints is the most popular Girl Scout cookie sold, and that Thin Mints are produced at a rate of 2 million cookies per day in an oven as long as a football field?
The Thin Mints is just one of several cookies varieties available and now being ordered through local Girl Scouts. Sales began on Jan. 1 and orders will be delivered starting Feb. 21.
Cookies available this year are Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Shortbread, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Lemonades, Thanks-A-Lot and the new Cranberry Citrus Crisps.
Cookies are $4 per box. From each box sold, $2.21 goes into Girl Scout programs, adult training, camp maintenance, financial assistance, and more; 65 cents goes into troop proceeds; and 14 cents for girl recognition. The cost of the cookie is $1 per box.
The sale of 62 boxes pay for the replacement of safety helmets at one zip line site (helmets must be replaced every five years); 1,348 boxes pay the electrical bills at the Girl Scout Little Houses for one year; and 8,824 packages fund the annual care and feeding of the horses at the Girl Scouts’ Camp Winding River.
Girl Scouts began baking and selling cookies in the 1920s, and the first commercially-made cookie was available in 1934. Girl Scouts contract with ABC, the oldest and largest licensed Girl Scout cookie baker.
When a Girl Scout sells cookies, she is doing more than just handing out a box, said Gina Garvin, spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri. “She’s creating a plan, interacting with customers and working as part of a team,” she said. Through cookie sales, girls set goals, make decisions, manage money and develop people skill sand business ethics.
For those interested in purchasing Girl Scout Cookies but have not been visited by a Girl Scout, should contact Norma Hussey at 646-7777.