Girl scouts of the USA are responsible for Girl Scout cookie sales. Selling the cookies is one of the largest fundraisers for local Scout units. Girl Scout’s have been selling cookies since 1917 to raise funds. The girls who participate win prizes for their efforts & if the entire unit does well there are more prizes awarded. Estimates say 200 million boxes sold in 2007 & the number was on the rise.

The first girl scout unit to sell cookies was the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma in December 1917. The girl scout magazine did not publish a suggestion to sale cookies as a fundraiser until 1922, it even provided some recipes. The first official organized large scale cookie sell was in Philadelphia. Cookies were sold at the windows of local utility companies in 1933. The first official Girl Scout cookie recipe was a sugar cookie & in 1936 the organization began licensing bakers to produce them.

There was a time during world war II when there were shortages of flour, sugar & butter. during these times the Girl Scouts supplemented their cookie sales by selling calendars as well. Limits were placed on the number of boxes a customer could get during these times. The Girl Scouts also collected cans of fat for the war effort & sold War Bonds at no profit.

Each Girl Scout council operates their own cookie sale. Approximately 60% to 65% of the proceeds stay with the council. Between 10% & 15% go to the troop & around 50% stays with the council the manufacturers get the remaining amount.

There has been a recently news story about aa Girl Scout who set up her cookie tabel right in front of marijauna dispensaries in San Francisco. She made a killing for the scouts! What an ingenious idea! Especially because the revenues are used at all levels to pay for events & activities for the scouts, maintenance of the councils’ properties, prizes & incentives as well as administrative costs.

Some of the current cookie flavors include but may not be limited to the following.

– Current Cookies –
– Thin Mints Thin Mints
* Thin, mint-flavored chocolate wafers dipped in a chocolate coating.

– Caramel de Lites Samoas
Vanilla cookies coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut and laced with chocolate stripes.

– Peanut Butter Patties Tagalongs
* Crispy vanilla cookies layered with peanut butter and covered with a chocolate coating.

– Peanut Butter Sandwiches Do-Si-Dos
* Peanut butter filling sandwiched between crunchy oatmeal cookies.

– Shortbreads Trefoils
* A traditional shortbread cookie made in the shape of the Girl Scout trefoil.

– Thanks-A-Lot
* Shortbread cookie dipped in chocolate with a thank you message.

– Mango Creams with NutriFusion
* Vanilla and coconut cookies filled with a tangy mango-flavored cream enhanced with nutrients derived from fruits.

– Lemonades
* Shortbread cookie with lemon icing.

– Savannah Smiles
* Lemon wedge cookies dusted with powdered sugar.

– Dulce de Leche
* Bite-size cookies with milk caramel chips.

– Thank You Berry Munch
* Cookies with cranberries and white fudge chips.

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