Girl Scout Cookies arrive this weekend! In a two-day period, over 520,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies will be loaded into a slew of waiting cars, vans, pick-ups and moving trucks driven by amazing Girl Scout volunteers. The total number of boxes of cookies that will be arriving for Girl Scouts Heart of the South’s Girl Scouts to deliver and be sold over the next two months will be 1,419,648. With an average of 25 cookies per box that’s 35,491,200 cookies to be enjoyed. These little boxes of sweet treats host a lifetime of leadership experience within them – definitely one smart cookie.
If you ordered Girl Scout Cookies, this is the weekend you have
been waiting for!
Troop Leaders and other volunteers will be picking up the cookies that have been ordered from the girls during what is called Count 'N Go. The process is quite the production and is a well-oiled cookie loading machine staffed by Girl Scout Heart of the South staff and volunteers alongside trucking company personnel.
Vehicles pull through the gates and their cars are tagged with their troop number and the number of vehicles in their caravan – yes sometimes there are multiple vehicles picking up for one troop – because it’s that many cases of cookies! They then proceed to an orderly line of pallets laden with cases of Girl Scout Cookies.
At each station, the staff, volunteers, and trucking company employees load the number of cases of Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, S’mores, Savannah Smiles and Toffee Tastics that will fill the Girl Scout Troop’s initial orders. Each type of cookie is meticulously counted as the vehicles are loaded to the brim with this once-a-year delicacy. That means that within the next week, if you ordered cookies, you should begin receiving your delicious sweet treats.
But don’t worry, if you didn’t order cookies you can still purchase some of the once a year treats. Starting Friday, February 22 and continuing until Sunday, March 17, on weekends, Girl Scouts will be setting up booths to sell cookies in front of major retailers like Kroger, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and many other locations around the Mid-South.
Ok so you are thinking, ‘What about my New Year’s resolution to eat healthy?’ Girl Scouts can help you with that. During booth sales, Girl Scouts will also be participating in a program called Troop2Troop. Basically, the Girl Scout Troops here sell cookies at their booths, but the patrons don’t take the boxes with them. They donate them to our men and women in the armed services. Once the booth sales are over in March, troops from around the council send their Troop2Troop cookies to a central location. From there, they are sent to military personnel to enjoy. Thus, helping you keep your New Year’s Resolution to eat healthy. Last year, over 10,000 boxes of cookies (7,500 lbs.) were donated by Mid-southerners to the Troop2Troop Campaign.
The proceeds from the sale of Girl Scout Cookies go directly to fund troop activities, camping, travel, and other programs across the council. They also provide Girl Scouts with real-life work experience and a chance to develop skills like goal setting, decision making, money management and people skills.
“Cookie sales are an important source of funding for Girl Scout troops and activities, but they do not cover all the costs of providing quality leadership experiences to thousands of girls in the Mid-South area,” said Melanie Schild, CEO, Girl Scouts Heart of the South. “Our local council also relies on charitable giving and innovative fundraising events to support its three regional offices and three camp facilities. Our council provides financial assistance to many girls whose families could not otherwise afford their membership fees. A little box of cookies can have a big impact on the life of a girl. Girl Scout Cookies are a treat you can feel good about!”