Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts capped off a successful cookie season with events highlighting this year’s top-sellers. Festivities started last weekend at Plymouth’s Camp Wind-in-the-Pines and will continue this coming Sunday at Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham.
Council-wide, girls sold 2,382,049 packages – 198,000 cases – of everyone’s favorite cookies–including this year’s new additions, Cranberry Citrus Crisps and Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread.
Of the 24,460 Girl Scouts selling this season, 227 girls sold 500 or more packages during the December to March cookie sale, earning entry into the 500 Club. This year’s 500 Club members made the monster contribution of 182,308 packages to the GSEM grand total.
Those tallying top sales totals also had the opportunity to vote on recognition gifts for next year’s cookie season. From duffel bags and backpacks to Girl Scout accessories and craft projects, girls gave feedback on their favorites.
Each girl honored received a certificate celebrating her cookie sale contribution along with this year’s recognitions- including Girl Scout jewelry and even an Xbox One – based on her grand total. Each was individually recognized in front of family and friends and congratulated by GSEM Chief Operations Officer Barbara Fortier, before addressing the audience herself to share her final 500 Club-caliber sales figure.
GSEM Cookie Sale
By the Numbers
• Total Packages Sold: 2,382,049
• Total Cases of Cookies: 198,000
• Total Girls Participating: 24,460
• Total Troops Participating: 2,729
• Total Booths Held: 1,365
“These girls deserve everything they’re getting and then some,” GSEM Product Sales Specialist Linda Dupuis said Sunday kicking off the first of two celebrations planned to highlight 500 Club accomplishments.
An average cookie season temperature of 29.9 degrees and 56.4 inches of snow did not deter this bunch from doing business. While the cookies themselves are certainly a favorite snack for many, the cookie program is about more than just tasty treats–participation helps girls build a foundation for leadership future success. Goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics are among lessons learned during cookie season.
In addition to the above, the Cookies for a Cause component, allocating cookies for soldiers stationed overseas, food pantries, and other organizations, allows girls to experience and participate in community service.
Congratulations to all of our 500 Club Members–and all of the GSEM Girl Scouts and volunteers participated in the 2013-2014 cookie season!
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