Cookies: February 2012 Archives

We appreciate that our volunteers are willing to share their great programs with other girls.   We list these as a service so our girls have other learning opportunities. Please contact the volunteer listed in the program for more information.  

Cookie Cook-Off: Watch, Judge & Taste!

Contact:  Becky K Tate 251.366.1143 

Date: Saturday, March 17, 2012

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00PM 

Event Type:  Events and Series 

 Join us for a day of Cookie competition! 

Troops are invited to attend to watch the chefs prepare their dishes, and complete requirements that could count towards badges.  They will also be given the opportunity to vote for Daisy's Choice by voting for their favorite with Dimes for Daisy (so bring those dimes to vote).   

Who:  Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

Date:  Saturday, March 17, 2012

Location: Virginia College, Culinard School of Culinary  

                  Mobile Festival Center  

                  3725 Airport Blvd, Suite 165

Cost:   $7.50  per girl  2 leaders free   $5.00 for additional adults

Due to space limitations No tagalongs please

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, February 29                                  

Send Registration on council event registration form to:

                           4256 Vega Drive, Mobile 36693

                           (Checks payable to SU 804)

Minimum to hold event: 25

Maximum capacity:  75

Contact:  Becky K Tate 251.366.1143 

A Cookie mom's experience at a recent booth sale.  It's a lovely story!

I've worked for Girl Scouts for almost 10 years, and if there's one thing I know, it's that the first weekend of cookie booth sales is BIG.  What I didn't know until yesterday, when I captained my first booth sale at a local Wal-Mart with my Daisy daughter and her fellow troop members, was just how big an impact it could have on me.

Sure, I know that loading 20 cases of cookies isn't easy and sitting out in the hot sun with five-year-olds for two hours can certainly be a challenge.  However, I wasn't prepared for the wonderful outpouring of support from our community.  It was amazing to see how many people told us they just couldn't resist those sweet smiles our girls gave when they asked said "Would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?," or how many ladies and gentleman stopped by on the way into Wal-Mart to make a promise to buy cookies on their way out of the store (and, yes, our girls only asked them on their way out).  I also was overcome by the number of folks who said they couldn't afford a box of cookies, but gave us a dollar or a couple of quarters, instead.

One such individual, though, really touched my heart.  I had noticed the man in tattered clothes sitting outside Wal-Mart as I pulled up to drop of our cookies.  He was smiling at folks as they walked in, just watching the busy Saturday afternoon scene.  I assumed he was homeless, but didn't have much time to think about it as we busily shuffled cookies and got ready for our sale.  Toward the end of our shift, the gentleman walked up, simply handed our girls a dollar, smiled and said "good luck." It touched me, and our other parents, that this man, obviously hard on his luck, could be so generous to our girls.

I was relating this story to my parents that evening, and my father, who volunteers with our local homeless coalition, said he had heard of the man we'd seen, and that, yes, he is homeless.  He was laid off from his job and now spends his time at Wal-Mart, and even helps bus tables at a local fast-food restaurant, just to keep busy until he finds a job. Well, the gentleman will be rewarded for his dollar given to our troop, as I have arranged for him to receive a box later this week.  Such a generous, selfless act should not go unnoticed and certainly serves as a teachable moment for our girls.

Girl Scouts are blessed to have the support of many strangers.  It is through their kindness that our organization survives and our girls are able to develop courage, confidence and character.  I hope you can find such inspiration in your work during this busy cookie season, and I wish you many happy booth sales.  Look forward to seeing you out there!

Cheryl_Miller_cookies.jpg-- by Cheryl Miller, Learning & Volunteer Services Liaison

Girls learn so much at booth sales -- from communicating with new people to handling money. Following these guidelines will hep ensure the best possible booth sales for your Girl Scouts:

1. Wear Girl Scout Membership pin with uniform or Girl Scout T-shirt

2. Notify merchant/customer service on arrival and departure. Let them know we appreciate the opportunity to sell cookies outside their business. Don't expect the business to provide change, tape, scissors, pens, etc.

3. Ask customers politely ONCE as they are leaving the store. Be sure to thank the customer whether they buy cookies or not.

4. BEST BEHAVIOR, BE COURTEOUS!! Don't block walkways. Say please and thank you. Smile!! Girls and adults represent the world's largest organization for young women.

5. No eating or drinking during a booth sale.

6. An adult must be present at a booth sale at all times.

7. Do not allow girls to wander around the location un-chaperoned.

8. An adult is responsible for money at all times. An adult watches or assists as the girls handle money. Keep money box in a safe place, especially during loading and unloading of cookies. DO NOT keep large amounts of money in the money box!

9. Keep booth area clean and remove ALL trash. Troop is responsible for removing and disposing of all trash and boxes. Girl Scouts always leave a place better than they found it! 

10. RESPECT other troops sale time!!! Don't set up early, and don't stay after the allotted time. 

Be sure to follow these Booth Sale Guidelines for a safe, respectful, and successful booth sale.



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