The Girl Scout Cookie season is in full swing, and this weekend Girl Scouts of Rhode Island (GSRI) will be joining in the first National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend this Friday and Saturday, hosting a number of special events for scouts in their organization.
The Girl Scouts’ cookie program is not only one of the most well-known aspects of the Girl Scout organization, but it is also a $760 million business and the largest girl-led business in the country. According to a press release from GSRI, the program teaches young girls five essential skills: Goal setting, decision-making, money management, business ethics and people skills.
Although scouts have been taking orders for cookies since December and delivering cookies since mid-January, National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend marks the start of booth sales outside local retailers, which will last until mid-March. GSRI and other chapters across the country are using this weekend to not only celebrate the program, but also encourage communities to purchase boxes and help the scouts achieve their goals.
“Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is a great opportunity to share the fun and excitement of the Girl Scout Cookie Program,” said Anna Maria Chavez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, in a press release. “As we celebrate the 97th anniversary of Girl Scout Cookies, it’s important to remember supporting the program that helps girls build a lifetime of skills and confidence.”
Chavez helped to kick off the celebration yesterday by taking part in a Twitter party with cookie fans, scouts, representatives from local Girl Scout councils and Mom It Forward, a leading women’s social media community; the event was expected to be the world’s largest virtual Girl Scout party. The celebration is also taking over the blog world, with Warwick Girl Scout mother Karen Wilmes planning to promote Cookie Weekend on her popular blog, www.KouponKaren.com. On her blog, Wilmes writes about family life, creative crafts for less and gives advice about saving and couponing; she also has established relationships with many brands to provide reviews and coupons to her readers.
Representatives from GSRI will appear on Friday’s edition of The Rhode Show (at 8 a.m. on WPRI), along with individuals from The Matty Fund, the beneficiary of this year’s Cookie Sale Community Service Project.
To conclude the weekend, troops will participate in a Banner Competition at Saturday night’s Brown University Women’s Basketball game at 6 p.m. Troops will have the opportunity to create their own fan banner to display during the game, and the winning troop will receive the exclusive right to sell cookies at upcoming Brown Men’s Basketball and Lacrosse games. Scouts will also be able to attend the game for a discounted rate of $5 and take part in a post-game autograph session with the team.
Troops will be celebrating the Weekend by holding special parties during their weekly meetings. Through cookie sales, girls earn official Girl Scout awards, such as cookie and financial literacy badges, and an annual Girl Scout Cookie Activity Pin. To celebrate Cookie Weekend, a new National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend badge will also be available.
As always, the purpose of this weekend is to publicize the program and encourage those in the community to purchase cookies. To make tracking down troops and their cookies easier, GSRI and Girl Scouts of the USA are encouraging people to download their new Girl Scout Cookie Finder App on iPhones or Androids. The app allows users to search for the closest booth locations outside area retailers by current location or by address. You can also search for locations using the newly redesigned Girl Scout Cookie page at www.girlscoutscookies.org.
Local area sales include Troop 180 hosting a booth at the Lowe’s in Cowessett on Quaker Lane from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday; Troop 238 will take over the location from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Troop 528 will be at the Lowe’s on Bald Hill Road on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. GSRI reminds everyone that bad weather or a shortage of adult volunteers may cause a troop to cancel their sale.
GSRI serves 8,700 girls from Rhode Island, Pawcatuck, Conn., and various communities in Southeastern Massachusetts.