Girl Scout cookies more than just good tasting

Each type of cookie represents a different life skill. Peanut Butter Sandwiches represent goal setting and Shortbreads are used to focus on people skills and eye contact with customers. Photo by Sara Clifton.
Each type of cookie represents a different life skill. Peanut Butter Sandwiches represent goal setting and Shortbreads are used to focus on people skills and eye contact with customers. Photo by Sara Clifton.

All over the country, cupboards are being cleared out to make room for some Caramel Delites, Peanut Butter Patties and, of course, some Thin Mints.

National Girl Scout Cookie Day was celebrated on Feb. 11. All over the nation, stories and experiences were shared and millions of cookies were sold. Girl Scouts shared their mission, showing the world their fundraising cookies are about way more than fundraising.

Melissa Anderson-Clark has been involved with Girl Scouts since grade school. Now the Bettendorf mother of two is the leader of Brownie Troop 8971. Anderson-Clark loves the energy that beams out of the girls every time cookie season comes along.

“Their favorite parts are sampling the cookies and talking with the customers,” Anderson-Clark said. “We have a very outgoing group of girls.”

Purchasing a box of cookies is not only investing in a delicious anytime snack, it also makes an investment in the future. Girl Scouts of the USA have been instilling honesty, character, and sisterhood in young women across the country since 1912.

The renowned Girl Scout Cookies are definitely worth a celebration. The Girl Scouts sell an estimated 200 million cookies per year, racking up close to $700 million. According to the Scouts’ website, about 70% of these proceeds stay in the local Girl Scout troops.

“The girls are primarily motivated by the cash our troop earns from cookie sales,” Anderson-Clark said. “The money enables our troop to do fun activities like bowling and horseback riding, a pottery workshop we are doing at the Figge this weekend, and their favorite – service projects.”

Girl Scouts is named as one of the top non-profit organizations in the nation. They are well-known for their consistent service and efforts to give back.

“Our troop is very service oriented,” Anderson-Clark said, “and we enjoy spending cookie money by helping organizations like Humility of Mary, QCPAWS, and Family Resources.”

Each cookie represents a different skill essential to lifelong success. With every box of Shortbreads, the young girls are to focus on making eye contact and thanking their customers to practice their people skills. The tasty Peanut Butter Sandwiches remind the girls of the importance of goal setting. A major point of this fundraiser is to allow young women to establish and start developing these skills. Anderson-Clark says as a troop leader her main goal is to create amazing leaders who love what they do.

“When you ask our Brownies what they’ve learned from being a Girl Scout, they always say, ‘that I can change the world.’”

Girl Scout cookies will be sold through the second week of March. Even though the holiday has passed, it’s not too late. Girl Scout cookies can be found in just about any neighborhood. They’re sold by loyal Girl Scouts at most HyVee and Wal-Mart locations on the weekends.

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