Girl Scout Cookies

The town’s best cookies

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Isabella Harrop, Staff Writer

Girl Scout cookies are some of the best cookies that come out only once a year. When they come out people tend to go crazy. There are so many different types; in total there are twelve. There are Thin Mints, Samoas, Lemon-Ups, Tagalongs, Trefoils and more. The most popular kinds are the Thin Mints, which are number 1, and Samoas (also known as Caramel DeLites), which are second in line.  50 million boxes of Thin Mints were sold in 2013 compared to 38 million boxes of Samoas. Although if you are a huge fan and hate having to wait for season again you can make them yourself. On the Girl Scout website, they actually have the recipe to the cookies. Cookies have been sold since 1917; the first cookie ever made was a sugar cookie. In 1934, Greater Philadelphia was the first Girl Scout council to sell commercially baked cookies.

 

1912 was in the midst of the Progressive Era and a time when women couldn’t vote. An almost deaf 51-year-old women inspired girls to embrace together their strength, intellect, and individuality. Juliette Gordan Low, also known as “Daisy,” gathered 18 girls together in Savannah Georgia. They hiked, swam, played basketball and camped. Girl Scouts of the USA was chartered by the Congress on March 16, 1950. Most importantly they helped those in need. To share what she learned about the outdoor and educational program, the Girl Scout movement was born. Today there is about 2.6 million Girl Scouts in 92 countries and more than 50 million alums. 1.8 million are girls and 800,000 are adults.

 

The Girl Scout cookie revenues stay local with the originating council and troop to fund activities for girls year-round as well as community projects. Each council determines its own revenue structure depending on the cost to buy the cookies, the retail price to sell the cookies, and the amount of revenue shared with the participating troops. Girl scouts are proven to help girls thrive in five ways they develop a strong sense of self, seek challenges and learn from setbacks, display positive values, form and maintain healthy relationships, and identify and solve problems in the community. One of the Girl Scout’s most famous quotes is “Girls should never be afraid to be smart.”