Re: FWD>Wall Street Journal
Joannah Vaughan (Joannah_Vaughan@SIMULACRUM.WV.TEK.COM)
Fri, 14 May 1993 14:03:39 PST
Reply to: RE>FWD>Wall Street Journal on GS C
My daughters troop leader set an expected goal of 100-150 boxes. Her
daughter sold 1,000 boxes. She is 8 years old. Who really is doing the
I doubt she will be in same troop. I am trying to encourage a moms to help
me form a new troop that is not so cookie focussed.
Date: 5/14/93 10:51 AM
To: Joannah Vaughan
From: Peter Van Houten
Joannah -- Thought this might interest you!
Today's (May 13, 1993) WSJ has a front page article headed as follows:
Sprawling Bureaucracy Eats Up Most Profits of Girl Scout Cookies
Troops Get a Small Portion From Children's Efforts, Spurring
But Officials Do Good Deeds
The content is rather critical of the Girl Scouting Councils, citing
extremely high pressure tactics in the cookie sales. From what we
have seen as parents with a Brownie in a local Troop, the article is
pretty much on target. It also cites lawsuits against GSA related to
cookie sales and retaliation against leaders who speak out against
One quote: "You either march to their tune, or they will kick you
out of the band."
We personally ended up purchasing over a dozen boxes of the cookies
(which we certainly did't need nutritionally) to "fill our quota"
as my wife hates product sales so much but felt under intense
pressure. I think this article may fuel the dissention which the
WSJ is reporting.........
Kirke Johnson, Instructional Coordinator <Kirke@PCCCP6.BITNET>
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