Cookies: January 2011 Archives

thin_mint_image.gifWe're so excited about the new Thin Mint Sprint patch program, we uploaded it to the website as quick as we could.  In the process, we may have forgotten to include the nifty training log for the Marathon and 5K patches. (Whoopsies!)  Thankfully, we have great volunteers to keep us straight.  Here's the Thin Mint Sprint patch program info... with the training log included this time.

liz_brent.jpgWhen I logged on to my computer this morning, I had a report from Cindy Connell Schafer, our ABC cookie representative, with an initial summary report of where we are with the cookie sale this morning.   Along with it was a question asking whether our volunteers received the services they needed.   Also, how could we all improve training, so we can correct any issues going forward?   I know there were a number of instances where Cindy was directly involved with our volunteers trying to get the cookie system to work.   She also noted she was going back through all our data to be sure our girls received the incentives they had earned.

Don't we love quality customer service?   I know that, behind the scenes, staff are scrambling around trying to get booth locations (as many of you are), making certain parts of the system we service are working adequately and responding to a litany of questions.   Be assured we are working hard to make the hard work you do with your girls easier as the cookies arrive and the booth sales commence.   The power of girls is simply astonishing!   Thanks for all you do to make amazing things happen!

liz_brent.jpgIt's COOKIE TIME!   I was talking to some friends over the holidays about the cookie sale.   Actually, when you aren't in the middle of it, it is truly amazing.   It is one of the world's most successful entrepreneurial programs and actually was a precursor to most of what they call entrepreneurship in today's college classrooms.   Aren't there some things we could teach them?

Our goal this year is to exceed last year's cookie sale, which was excellent.   We have about 100 more girls involved, so that should help.   Last year, because of the success of the sale, we were able to buy more equipment for our camp properties, repair and replace a few roofs, correct the roads at Camp Scoutshire Woods and add program materials for girls to use and learn from.

So far, the sale is going well.   The press reps have done an OUTSTANDING job getting the media kits to the media.   It was amazing how many articles and television spots we have had so far!   Thank you to those girls and their families for EXCELLENT work getting the word out often and early.

We are trying to put more people behind the scenes to assist in making this as smooth a sale as possible.   But, if you have good ideas on ways it can be increased and enhanced, let us know.


cookies_support_troops.jpgJust what does a $3.50 box of Girl Scout Cookies provide?  (other than eating pleasure, of course!)

 

Life Skills

Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program girls develop five essential skills:

·       Goal setting

·       Decision making

·       Money management

·       People skills

·       Business ethics

Money

 

$0.35 - $0.64 Per box goes directly into the troop treasury for troop activities, trips, service projects, camping, pins, badges and troop supplies.

 

$0.30 Per box provides individual girl awards, including resident camp scholarships, Girl Scout store items of the girl's choice, program activities of the girl's choice, Destinations assistance, 800 Club awards from cookie supplier.  All awards are cumulative.

 

$1.604 Per box helps fund delivery of Girl Scout program to girls; financial assistance for girls; adult volunteer training, materials and support; communications; program activities; and maintenance/development of council program and service sites.

 

Membership                        35%

Program                             23%

Property Support and          4.5%

Capital Expenses

Adult Development              5%

Communication                   4.5%

Fund Development              1.6%

General Administration        13.6%

Resident Camp                    5.5%

 

$0.91 Per box to the cookie supplier to cover cost of producing packaging and promotion of cookies and related materials.

 

$0.029 Per box for direct council expenses for the cookie sale

 

What other package of cookies does more for only $3.50?

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