Girl Scout cookie season is here

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Girl Scout cookies will be sold until Jan. 29 throughout Juneau. More than 800 Girl Scouts throughout Southeast Alaska will be taking orders with cookie delivery in March. Eight varieties are available: Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Samoas, Lemon Coolers, All Abouts, Tagalongs, Thin Mints and the new Café cookie.

The cost is $3.50 per box. Girl Scout troops receive 50 cents per box. The money is used throughout the year for camp, field trips, troop activities and community service projects.

The sale of cookies as a way to finance troop activities began in 1917, five years after Juliette Gordon Low began Girl Scouts in the United States. Girl Scout cookies started in the kitchens of girl members, with mothers volunteering as technical advisors. The cookies were packaged in waxed- paper bags, sealed with a sticker and sold door-to-door for 25 cents a dozen. It wasn't until 1935 that the Girl Scouts had the first nationally coordinated cookie sale.

The cookie program also gives Girl Scouts an opportunity to support their communities through the Gift of Caring program.

"When a girl takes an order, she simply asks the customer if they would like to purchase an additional box of cookies that will be donated to a charitable organization the troop has designated," said Fran Compton, CEO of the Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council. "Gift of Caring cookies have been delivered to the Pioneers' Home, the Glory Hole, the food pantry and soldiers serving our country, just to name a few," she said.

For more information about placing a cookie order or to learn more about Girl Scouting, call the Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council at 586-1710 or visit the website at http://www.tongassgirlscouts.org.



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