Girl Scouts - Cookie Incentives (long)
PATTI SCANLAN (PSCANLAN@WAPA.GOV)
Tue, 28 Mar 1995 14:24:49 -0700
Hello to all the Girl Scouts/Guides out in 'Net land!
I am very interested in finding out about the cookie incentives
that are offered by other councils. The girls in my troop (and
others so I am told) are not happy with what our council offers.
We would like to gather information so that we can provide some
good ideas to them on how to change the program.
Our girls get a patch if they sell one box of cookies. In
addition they get "cookie dough". This cookie dough can be used
to attend any council sponsored program activity or to purchase
Girl Scout uniorm components or hanbooks. The "cookie dough"
increases with the amount of boxes sold.
One of the problems with this "cookie dough" is that here in
Montana, many of our council sponsored events are several hundred
miles away. Also, as proud as the girls are of being girl
scouts, they really don't want to spend their "hard earned" dough
on uniform stuff. They want a stuffed animal, a backpack, a
t-shirt, etc. In order to earn enough for a t-shirt (any of them
in the Girl Scout catalog) they have to sell between 100-149
boxes (This earns $15.00 cookie dough). This may sound easy to
some, but we live in a town of only 3000 people (and that is a
high estimate, plus many of them live on farms outside of town
that you just can't get to door-to-door).
Currently our cookies are sold for $3.00 per box. The breakdown
is as follows per box: .30 troop profit; .11 "cookie dough"
incentive; .01 service unit retains; .84 pays for cookies,
selling aides, incentive patches; $1.74 retained by council for
day camp, resident camp leadership training, council-wide events,
financial assitance to girls, etc.,. We really are not
complaining about the cost or the breakdown, as much as the girls
really want better incentives.
Again, what I am looking for is:
1) How much are the cookies in your council and which baker did
2) What are the incentives the girls are offered and what does it
take to earn them
3) What is the breakdown of the costs of cookies
4) Any other information you feel is important
Thank you in advance for your help!
Patti Scanlan (PSCANLAN@WAPA.GOV)
First Class Girl Scout
Leader, Junior Troop 257
Treasure Trails Girl Scout Council
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