Bells, whistles, “bling” and Girl Scout cookies are all on the way! Girl Scouts are preparing their fun, cool and creative cookie booths and wagons to entice potential customers to visit them during the direct sale, which begins with National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend February 23 -25, and ends on March 11.
“The blinged out booths and wagons are another way to show the world how creative and skilled Girl Scouts are,” said Keenan Ruff, Director of Product Programming. “From sewing to woodworking, our young female entrepreneurs are combining earned patch skills with three of the five life skills, decision making, people skills and business ethics, and using them as marketing tools to make their store fronts fun and inviting.” Goal setting and money management are also among those life skills that help girls become great leaders.
Customers can find cookie booths by using the Girl Scout Cookie Finder mobile app, which uses the phone’s GPS location or manual zip code entry to locate booths in the area. Smart phone users can download the app from the iPhone App Store or the Android Market Place. Once the app is downloaded, customers can review cookie nutrition and ingredient information, get answers to frequently asked questions, learn the cookie history and get recipes for creative desserts using Girl Scout Cookies. Booth location information can also be found at www.girlscoutcookies.org
The Girl Scouts Louisiana East council is holding Bling Your Booth and Bling Your Wagon contests, with prizes including camping trips for booth contestants and “cookie dough,” credit to spend in the council’s shops, for Girl Scouts who decorate their wagon when delivering cookies to their customers. Troops are also participating in a Cookie Share program which allows customers to purchase cookies to be delivered to the non-profit or service organization that the troop has selected.
Girl Scouts Louisiana East’s troops are selling eight varieties of cookies for $4 a box, with an additional, yet limited quantity, gluten free cookie for $5 a package. All proceeds will remain local to support troops’ activities, special events, field trips and community service projects. Proceeds also help the council maintain camp properties, train and recruit volunteers, and provide endless Girl Scout Leadership Experiences.