Happy New Year- aka: It's Girl Scout cookie time!

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-26-2002
Happy New Year- aka: It's Girl Scout cookie time!
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Tue, 01-01-2013 - 9:32pm

Yep- Cookie season starts this week.  

We still have a couple cookies left here at our house (trefoils, mints, and lemons)!  Once we hit December, I just handed the remaining boxes to the girls who showed up at our final meeting.  I told them that I refuse to carry those boxes into the next year and they are had not been sellable in a while.  Well, my daughter did her best to eat our allotment of cookies, but when you see something ALL the time, it is just not appealing any longer.  So, this year, I will not be purchasing any cookies except for a box or two of samoas (those have been long gone!).  And I will not choose to order too many beyond what the girls have on their initial order... just enough to cover one booth sale.  The other reason I'm not going to push it is that the parents aren't pushing it (last year- even when they knew we were stuck with so many extras I got no help).  And the day cookies arrive this year is the day after I arrive home from a family trip to Disneyworld!  No rest for the weary!!!

Community Leader
Registered: 05-28-2000
Review on cookies: MIL gave us a box of the Thank You Berry Much and the Savannah Smiles. DH, the boys, and I rate them as garbage...as in we tossed the cookies rather than finish the boxes. They are so dry and crumbly that I checked the date on the box to see if they were old. I ordered thin mints and tag-a-longs. We were surprised by how thin the tag-a-longs have become. I just don't understand what the GS are trying to do to their products. Have you been having trouble selling due to the quality?
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Community Leader
Registered: 05-28-2000
Way off the scout topic...I'm amazed by how some of the girls are dressing for school / school functions. The 7th grade gal in the strapless, short, satin dress with way too much showing as she sat in the front row of the band concert and tried to play her flute was eye opening. She was bulging out of the top and the skirt was riding up way too high & I really wouldn't doubt that she flashed a section of the front rows when she missed keeping her legs together. ack! Oh...the gal in the lycra dress was another eye opener. It's amazing to me that parents are ok with this and buying it! The other thing I don't get is the dress code for the performance is that the boys have to wear a long sleeved shirt, tie, and dress pants with dress shoes, but the gals can be in clothes more suited to a night club. The 8th grade band does have a dress code that will stop that. A white shirt/blouse and black pants / shirt are required. It's too bad more kids couldn't make it to the dance. I always enjoyed chaperoning dances when I was teaching. The kids had so much fun. Emma's dress sounds like it was nice. There's time later to buy impractical dresses and shoes - isn't that what the 20's are for? ;)
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Registered: 04-26-2002

The dance was nice.  They only had 56 kids total show up and were expecting a lot more since they invited either 4 or 6 other Catholic school 7th and 8th grade classes.  I think it was just too long of a day for the other to come for the dance after spending from 9am to 5pm at a manditory retreat for Confirmation for all the kids in the district.  I think they should have changed the date of the dance as soon as they found out about the conflict, but all they did was push it back a half hour for the start time.

It's really amazing how many girls show up in these tiny little nothing dresses and high heels.  Generally they all bring slippers or fuzzy socks in their purses and about 5 minutes after they are in the door, the shoes are all in a pile in the corner!  Emma had a nice dress on that was mostly black with some blue "ribbons" that kind of zig zagged down the front from a high waist to the bottom.  It looked really nice on her... and better yet- it was fairly comfortable!

I'll start another post on our meeting and planning for Thinking Day.

Community Leader
Registered: 05-28-2000
How was the dance? Was the meeting good?
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Registered: 04-26-2002

"I like the approach that the church presented to you.  I know some people don't feel that way, but the only way change will come is from within.  If you quit you have no right to protest the organization's beliefs and to ask for reform. "

 - I like the way you worded that!  Thanks!

Oh, and our troop could really use the money... they've got some projects they are working on and they want to do another trip and most of the money was spent on our Savannah, GA trip Feb. 2012, and many patches/pins from that and what they have earned here.  But, ya, this time around, I'm going to be a bit selfish and do what works best, but is also fairly easy on my time.  I'll see what their initial order numbers are and go from there.

The 7th and 8th grade semi-formal dance was tonight (which benefits our 8th grade graduating class for a spring field trip), and they invited the other local Catholic 7th and 8th grade classes which was nice because...  8 of my 11 Girl Scouts were there and all dressed so pretty!  (The ones who didn't show were my 6th grader, my 10th grader who were too old and too young, and a 7th grader who was in Florida).  I told them that I'd love to get a group photo of them all for my birthday... I think they managed that, so I'm excited!

Monday's meeting will be at my house so we can use the internet and my computers to research various countries and make a plan for Girl Scout Thinking Day activity.  We are going to have tables set up and have the little girls come and sample life and learn about Girl Scouts from these countries... should be fun.  And as a bonus, most girls already ride my daughter's bus and would just have to get off here!  The rest can fit in one car!

-Jen

Community Leader
Registered: 05-28-2000

If the troop doesn't need the money I would just skip the additional sales.  If I were you I'd rather do custom shirts and have the girls pay out of pocket vs. being the adult to run  a bunch pf booths to get the "free" shirts.  With muliple colors on the shirt you could get them done for under 10.00 each for 11 girls. Having them customized to your troop & sponsoring church would be so cool. Our pack group rate with multiple colors is 6.00.  J's comp team shirts for a group of 6 kids was $9.00 each.  That included their names on the back. 

I like the approach that the church presented to you.  I know some people don't feel that way, but the only way change will come is from within.  If you quit you have no right to protest the organization's beliefs and to ask for reform. 

 

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Registered: 04-26-2002

Thanks... but I'm not sure how to measure success.  I've got 1 mom tell me that they are not selling because of  between Girl Scouts USA membership with the World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides and their association with Planned Parenthood International.  Last year, I went to our Catholic Committee on Scouting headquarters to see if, as a Catholic, and leading a Catholic Girl Scout Troop- what should we do, what should we tell people, should we sell cookies, should we quit Girl Scouts, give me some advice.  And they told me that the best thing we should do is to continue being Girl Scouts and earn religious emblems, and be a visibile force for the good in our neighborhoods by doing service projects and being visible at church (which is where we meet- at a church building beside the Catholic school).  I told the parents this stuff.

I also have 2 girls (of 11) who haven't even gotten their forms yet.  And I know my own daughter worked her butt off every minute I could drag her out of the house last year to try to get rid of cookies (including walking all over town with a friend of hers from the troop and with cookies in a wagon- during the town yardsale... so they went above and beyond every other girl... by far.  And my own daughter has made more money for our troop than most of the girls combined... so she may just take it easy this year.  I get really no benefit from working so hard (because the money is not split like in Boy Scouts to more benefit boys who work harder or sell more by using individual accounts).  It's all just in the troop account.

And in our fall product sale, I only had 3 of 11 girls even participate... one sold 3 magazines to her own family.  Then my daughter and another sold a good amount each of candy/nuts.  But the money goes directly to the troop account- and not just for the two of them... unless all the troop votes to use the money to pay for something for just those 3 girls.

So, I explained the cookie sale to the girls at our last meeting.  I asked about booth sales and they wanted to do 1... then decided we should do more because most of them won't be able to sell much... yet they want the t-shirts which is the incentive for troops that sell 145 boxes per selling girl on average.  I explained that we had ordered enough cookies last year to get to the per girl average and we ended up losing nearly $400 from our troop profits because we didn't sell all the cookies and ended up eating and donating that.  Is it really worth it.  I'm not convinced because of the work that I personally put in that for the t-shirts.  So, I'm going to see how many are sold and how close we are based on our expected sale for 1 booth... then I'll decide.  For our troop of 11 girls- if they all sell, we need to sell 1600 boxes to get the shirts.  That will be really tough if several girls turn in orders of only 15 or 20 boxes on their individual sales.  I also explained that if it was just the 1 girl who couldn't sell, I would be willing to give up my t-shirt (that the troop leader is allowed to get) so that all 11 girls could have the t-shirt if they get close to the numbers needed... but if it's more than one, I'm keeping the shirt for myself.

Also- factoring into my lack of wanting to have a large cookie sale is the fact that cookies arrive  (and need picked up by me) the morning after my family is arriving back home from a trip to Florida!  I'm not going to be in any mood to deal with that after our hopefully relaxing week!  

So, we will see what happens and go from there!

Community Leader
Registered: 05-28-2000

I placed a cookie order yesterday :)

I hope your troop has a successful sale. 

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