A little sugar, a little butter, perhaps some chocolate. But it’s not just the ingredients that make them special. There’s also the box. When you see it, you know. A container of Girl Scout cookies delivers a sweetness that no other cookies can.
And deliver they did. Girl Scouts from Durham and Middlefield achieved the biggest jump in sales compared to any other Girl Scout troop in the state, increasing sales by more than 15 percent.
If you stopped by one of the Girl Scout cookie sales earlier this year at Strong School or Durham Pharmacy, then give yourself a pat on the back. You helped our local troops do a lot more than deliver the frozen thin mint-goodness that we all deserve at the end of a long day. You helped create sustainable projects that incorporate initiative, community mindedness, and the opportunity for young people to plan and succeed.
That should make you feel a bit less guilty about that extra Samoa you sneaked before dinner.
Of course, in-person sales at schools and local pharmacies make a difference. Who among us can resist seeing a stand on Main Street, particularly when there is no need to stop at the ATM. Yes, troops take credit cards now, which means you no longer have to choose between Thin Mints and Samoas. (They both taste really good frozen.)
It was online sales, however, that really made a difference, especially during the pandemic. If there is one thing that can ease the pain of isolation, it is a Trefoil cookie or two.
What did some of our industrious Girl Scouts do with their earnings? They invested it in a resource that will allow them to continue their good work: the kitchen at the Middlefield Community Center.
That’s the kitchen where these young people attempted to bake pies for the residents of Sugarloaf Terrace right before Thanksgiving 2019.
The baking of those pies did not go quite as planned when it became apparent that the well-used oven was not baking those desserts to the desired level of golden goodness.
Not prepared to let residents down, the group completed the task at the home of Girl Scout leader Michelle, and the decision to invest in a new kitchen was made.
Of course, Girls Scouts do a lot more than sell cookies. They camp (Annie’s favorite part of being a Girl Scout), they work and learn new skills, (Hailey’s favorite), and they give back (the piece that Brooke likes best).
This sense of collaboration does not happen overnight. Many of these young people entered into Girl Scouts as a Daisy in kindergarten, and continued as Brownies, Juniors, and now, Cadets. Along the way, they raised money for Cat Tales, volunteered with the Community Round Up, and learned to work together for a common goal.
The cookies are long gone, but the results of the sales effort remain.
There’s a new kitchen, resources for continuing community outreach, and the sense of collaboration that makes Girl Scouts a symbol of teamwork and kindness.