That’s right, it’s Girl Scout cookie time again.
Beginning Saturday, the 50 or so Girl Scouts who make up the three troops in Refugio will fan out across the community with pre-order forms for the much-loved Girl Scout cookies.
“This is our biggest program of the year and the girls are really looking forward to selling the cookies this year,” said Susan Hudeck, membership executive for the Girl Scouts troops in six area counties. “The girls won’t have any trouble selling the cookies, because the cookies sell themselves. People look forward to getting a visit from the Girl Scouts every year at this time.”
The Scouts are encouraged to go door-to-door as they did in the old days and they’ll be visiting businesses, schools and family and friends starting Saturday, Hudeck explained.
The cookies are due to arrive around mid-February and on Feb. 20, the Scouts will set up booths at area stores - Wal-Mart and local businesses, to sell stacks of cookies.
This year the Scouts are selling eight different kinds of cookies, including a new cookie called “Thank You Berry Munch!,” a crunchy cookie with cranberry and white chocolate chips.
“Oh, my gosh, is it ever tasty,” Hudeck said. “It’s really fabulous. People are going to love it.”
Last year local Girl Scouts sold 3,000 boxes of the sweet treats.
This year they’ve set a goal of 8,000 boxes.
The Scouts will collect the money for the cookies when they are delivered to the buyers.
The girls are awarded prizes as an incentive to sell more cookies.
Proceeds from the cookie sales goes to the Girl Scouts organization to pay for programs and outings, equipment, supplies, rent and other needs but some of the money is returned to the local troops.
Frances Cervantes, director of retail sales for the Girl Scouts, says the annual cookie sales are much more than just a money maker for the organization.
“Selling Girl Scout cookies helps girls build self-esteem, teaches them responsibility, marketing skills, organizational skills and how to speak in public,” she explained. “A lot of the girls, when they first join Girl Scouts, are shy and too bashful to talk in public but after one season of selling Girl Scout cookies, these same girls who were once shy have no problem speaking publicly. They come out of their shells.”
Hudeck said selling Girl Scout cookies also teaches Scouts, who can join as young as five, valuable math skills.
“They have to figure out how much they need to collect and then how to make change,” Hudeck explained. “They learn a lot about salesmanship, promotions and being polite and respectful to others.”