Girls Doing a World of Good, One Cookie at a Time

February 23, 2013 By

We all have our favorite seasons, despite whatever weather Mother Nature might dish up for us. My personal favorite is Girl Scout cookie season. Thin mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, hmmm – makes my mouth start to water just writing about them. Girl Scout cookie season is in full swing, and many of us are stocking up on all those cookies we have been craving all year long. After all, it only happens one time a year and helps a great organization that focuses on helping girls grow into leaders and do great things.

DSC_2979-2Where Does the Cookie Money Go?

You may wonder what great things our Girl Scouts are doing right here in Delaware with their cookie money. Each Girl Scout troop earns a portion of the cookie money based on the number of Girl Scout cookies sold by the troop. At the start of the cookie season, girls work together to decide how they want to allocate their cookie money and how many boxes they need to sell individually and as a team in order to reach their goal. The more they sell, the more they earn to benefit their troop and others around them.

Service Unit 25 covers the area of Mount Pleasant and Bellefonte, and includes several troops that have determined how they will use this money to do a world of good:

  • Brownie Troop 722 has allocated a portion of their cookie money to help Preston’s March for Energy, an inspiring organization that provides adaptive bikes to children with special needs.  To help the girls better understand the organization, Deb Buenaga, the founder and president, will pay a visit to the troop to demonstrate some of the adaptive bikes. This will create a rewarding experience where the girls can discover how the bikes allow the children to overcome their challenges, and connect how their actions can help to make more dreams come true.
  • Junior Troop 1101 is planning to do a book drive for the Terry Children’s Psychiatric Center as one of their service projects. The girls were asked to come up with ideas on where they would like to do their “world of good” and share with the troop at a recent meeting. The girls all wanted to donate to an organization that helped children, and they liked the idea of doing a book drive. The Terry Center was selected as one of locations that they plan to help, since the troop leader regularly volunteers at the facility with her therapy dog.
  • Several other troops in our service unit, such as Daisy Troop 197, Junior Troop 1081, and Brownie Troop 609, are donating to the Delaware Humane Association. The girls will first tour the shelter to learn what items are important on the Delaware Humane Association’s wish list and have a chance to play with the animals. From there, the girls will work within the troop’s budget to purchase the items that they would like to contribute from the list using a portion of their cookie money.

These are just a few examples of how Girl Scouts in our area are using their cookie money to strive to make the world a better place.DSC_2678

So don’t miss out. Show your support for our Girls Scouts and our community by looking for a cookie booth near you! The Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay have cookie booths currently set up at local businesses in Delaware and Maryland. This year local Girl Scouts will offer the six varieties – all free of preservatives and trans fats. Cookies are $4.00 per box.  To locate a cookie booth sale in your area, go to www.gscb.org, click on Cookie Locator and enter your zip code. Individuals interested in purchasing cookies can call the Cookie Hotline at 1-800-YUM-YUM2.

Laura D’Antonio is a wife, stay at home mom to two beautiful girls and an aspiring professional photographer. Laura currently volunteers with the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay as a co-leader to her daughter’s junior troop 1101 and the service unit 25’s public relations representative. You will typically find her at any of her daughter’s functions with her camera around her neck ready to capture the moment and always eager to share those treasured memories with those around her.

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