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    After spending $161.00 in the grocery we left through the only exit door only to find a group of girl scouts and their leader there asking us to buy cookies. When we said, ",No, thank you" one of the little girls came running after us saying, "We take credit cards!".

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    I agree that the troops don't make but a few cents on a box of cookies, but what I think is worse is the way some schools handle the sales.

    I received an email from one of the students with a pdf catalog and her number (so she would get credit). I ordered, paid shipping, and the items were delivered to the house. The items were very high priced, high shipping and poor quality. I'll do it again because I know the girl, but I really appreciate when the parents cover the sales!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonnie View Post
    After spending $161.00 in the grocery we left through the only exit door only to find a group of girl scouts and their leader there asking us to buy cookies. When we said, ",No, thank you" one of the little girls came running after us saying, "We take credit cards!".
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    Well I love thin mints and will continue to buy them. The ones at the stores near me are very polite, not pushy so I really don't see any harm and I know that the organization does a lot of things. I will tell you that I have been impressed lately with who even the young girls are able to add up what you are getting and making change. They are a lot smarter than the young adults in the grocery stores - with out a register they can't make change and then have a hard time if you give them odd change after they entered the amount tendered

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    I don't like the cookies they taste bad to me. Over the past few years some other company has taken it over and they are not the same. My brother bought me some of the lemon cookies and my granddaughter tasted one and spit it out. I hate not to support the girl scouts since I was one way back but they need to go back to the the original baker from 10 or so years ago and let them do the baking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonnie View Post
    Training?????? What training????? Once you said you were willing to have a group you were ON YOUR OWN !!!
    This was my reaction too. They train leaders? Where? When? I was a leader for one year, and it cost me way too much money so I had to quit.
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    Our council had training at our camp. We even spent the night. We learned to make fires, cooking implements, first aid, knots, activities for the girls, special hikes for the girls, nature activities. It sounds like we were lucky since we had a lot of support from council.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jo Anne B. View Post
    From my most recent experiences the selling of GS cookies have come to be the parents chore, send out a mass email, take the orders and do the delivery. I don't think the cookies are as good, boxes are smaller and more expensive, I can buy better and cheaper cookies from Wal Mart. While I may not be supporting a cause, I don't think the cookies are all that good anymore. We have bought for the troops.
    I was GS and was from the era of carrying the boxes door to door through snow and cold. I dreaded cookie time.
    Samoas were our favorite, until price kept going up and the parents would bring the sign up sheets to work and sell for the kids. Thought that was so silly considering the whole purpose of the program, so we
    now we go to Walmart and get the Keebler Coconut Dreams for $1.98. This weeks pricing anyway. Same cookie taste and look as the GS ones.

    The funniest thing we saw, however, was when a neighbor girl put a sign out on the stop sign in the neighborhood, asking that if anyone wanted to buy some cookies from her, we must go to her house. A sign up sheet was taped to the door. Both parents worked so perhaps there was no time to go around the neighborhood with her.

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    I always bought girl scout cookies from neighbors' daughters. The cookies are delicious and I love to see the expression on their faces when they make a sale. I certainly hope at least one parent goes with the child. Things are not as safe today as they were years' ago. I just bought 8 boxes from my granddaughter and plan to freeze some. After that some girl scouts were selling at grocery stores but I just told them I bought several boxes from my granddaughter and they understood.

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    How can you say no to the girls outside the store??!! I know I can't, and I don't even like the cookies that much! I find a friend to give the cookies to.

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    My six year GD is a Daisy (young Girl Scout). An adult always walks with her, we live in an agriculture area. Farmers in this neighborhood are real friendly and received her very kindly and supported her very well. I later heard from one of the ladies that they were impressed by her manner of explaining each cookie and her handling of money and especially that she thanked them for supporting the Girl Scouts.

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    Before I was a Girl Scout leader, I had no idea how many things the girls learned from the cookie sales. First we planned what activities we wanted to do and how much it would cost. We identified opportunities to make the money (cookie sales were part of the solution but not everything). The girls would estimate how many boxes it would take to cover what they wanted to do, and the developed a plan for accomplishing the task. They took orders, calculated costs, sorted orders, collected money, learned to make change, learned to handle the public (mean ones and nice ones). I was totally amazed at how some of the shy reserved girls would blossom!

    As as to changes in cookies, there have been two bakeries for year and years. The recipes are slightly different, so Samoas aren't exactly the same as Carmel D'Lites (for example). Which one is sold in your area depends in which bakery is closest. The cookies are made without preservatives and of the highest quality ingredients so they definitely cost more than regular grocery store cookies. My personal favorite is Samoas/Carmel D'Lites. Ummmmm!

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    I think everyone has different experiences. I was a scout. I have watched neighbor girls grow up in scouting. Now I have many friends whose daughters, or granddaughters are selling cookies. We always buy from the neighborhood girls, and from our friends girls. The cookies freeze well, and we can enjoy them year-round. This past weekend we were up North for a wedding and a troop was selling in a store we stopped at. They had a display, and posters about the camp they were raising money to attend. Yup...we bought cookies!

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    Samoa's and Thin Mints are my favorites. IMHO, Samoa is best when frozen before eating them. Yum!
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    I just bought 4 boxes!!! Love the peanut butter ones, hubby and adult kids always buy thin mints!!!!!!

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    The girls and their mothers at our grocery stores are very cheerful and polite. I was a GS and went door to door a long time ago. The cookies are a tradition, if you will. We have lost so much that is truly American, it is refreshing to me when I see the GScouts with their cookies. We bought 4 boxes of Thin Mints and have enjoyed every one! The whole point is earning money to support activities.
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    More money goes to the GS than you realize. A portion directly to the scouts troop, then the local chapter and another portion to the district. All this helps put on all the group activities the scouts participate in. Go girls!!!!!

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    Sure is Different than when I was in Girl scouts way back in the late 60's when most of the Money stayed right in the Local Troop.. Now each Troop doesn't even get $1.00 from each box sold... that's a shame. Same way with Boy Scouts and Popcorn Sales.. We made more money having a Fish fry with only a 1 night event than we did selling Popcorn.. and we used the money right in our troop for camping fees etc..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean in Ohio13452 View Post
    Sure is Different than when I was in Girl scouts way back in the late 60's when most of the Money stayed right in the Local Troop.. Now each Troop doesn't even get $1.00 from each box sold... that's a shame. Same way with Boy Scouts and Popcorn Sales.. We made more money having a Fish fry with only a 1 night event than we did selling Popcorn.. and we used the money right in our troop for camping fees etc..

    Yes, that's my point exactly! I would buy if I thought the majority of the money went directly to the troop selling, but like so many other "charities" admin gets most....rest get a pittance! I would loveto see a financial report on this project.......how much does the baking company get from this? Wonder if this falls under "freedom of information" act.

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    Quote Originally Posted by institches33 View Post
    I agree that the troops don't make but a few cents on a box of cookies, but what I think is worse is the way some schools handle the sales.

    I received an email from one of the students with a pdf catalog and her number (so she would get credit). I ordered, paid shipping, and the items were delivered to the house. The items were very high priced, high shipping and poor quality. I'll do it again because I know the girl, but I really appreciate when the parents cover the sales!
    See, we are becoming computer geeks! Just like shopping on line......how interesting...I better not get one of those solicitations! There will be a scathing response! Neighbor or not!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston1954 View Post
    When I was growing up, we did not have one fund raiser the entire 12 years I was in school.
    Me neither, but, I went to parochial school. However, when my daughters went to parochial school--fund raisers....nuns were no longer the majority of teachers...so salaries had to be paid, along with benefits!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanoePam View Post
    Before I was a Girl Scout leader, I had no idea how many things the girls learned from the cookie sales. First we planned what activities we wanted to do and how much it would cost. We identified opportunities to make the money (cookie sales were part of the solution but not everything). The girls would estimate how many boxes it would take to cover what they wanted to do, and the developed a plan for accomplishing the task. They took orders, calculated costs, sorted orders, collected money, learned to make change, learned to handle the public (mean ones and nice ones). I was totally amazed at how some of the shy reserved girls would blossom!

    As as to changes in cookies, there have been two bakeries for year and years. The recipes are slightly different, so Samoas aren't exactly the same as Carmel D'Lites (for example). Which one is sold in your area depends in which bakery is closest. The cookies are made without preservatives and of the highest quality ingredients so they definitely cost more than regular grocery store cookies. My personal favorite is Samoas/Carmel D'Lites. Ummmmm!
    now all that planning, strategizing should be done in a math class in school.....what a concept!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coopah View Post
    The girls and their mothers at our grocery stores are very cheerful and polite. I was a GS and went door to door a long time ago. The cookies are a tradition, if you will. We have lost so much that is truly American, it is refreshing to me when I see the GScouts with their cookies. We bought 4 boxes of Thin Mints and have enjoyed every one! The whole point is earning money to support activities.
    ...earning money....that's called a job..or as a youngster....a chore/allowance......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
    Yes, that's my point exactly! I would buy if I thought the majority of the money went directly to the troop selling, but like so many other "charities" admin gets most....rest get a pittance! I would loveto see a financial report on this project.......how much does the baking company get from this? Wonder if this falls under "freedom of information" act.
    Feel free to all your local Girl Scout council and ask. When I was a leader, we got this information every year. Note the vast majority of the cost is for the baker.

    BTW, the Freedom of Information Act is in related to US Governmental entities, not private organizations.

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