If you haven’t gotten your Thin Mints fix this year, there’s still time. But lovers of Girl Scout Cookies better hurry. Sales of those annual treats in a box close on Sunday, March 27.
Local troops are mounting a last-minute push to increase what officials with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois said has already been “an impressive 2022 sale.”
The Quad Cities-based organization is hungry for more and it and other organizations throughout the nation are hoping that continued generous community support will help scout troops reach more than 1 million by the end of campaign 2022.
“By selling cookies online, door-to-door, and at Cookie Booths, troops have surpassed 2021 sales by 32%,” the Girl Scouts said in a Monday, March 21, news release that set the number of packages of cookies the Girl Scouts had sold so far at 992,496.
The iconic campaign is more than a way to raise funds. Through the fundraiser, Girl Scouts not only learn valuable skills like goal setting, decision making, teamwork, and budgeting; they are also discovering the importance of giving back to their communities.
Take Madyson Arrington from Dubuque, Iowa. She usually spends her proceeds earned from selling cookies to attend summer camp at Girl Scout Camp Liberty. This year, she is unable to attend camp, so she decided to give back to others instead. She bought $578 worth of toys from the Cedar Rapids Girl Scout Shop to donate to kids at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
How can you help Madyson and others like her?
If you know a Girl Scout, ask how she’s selling cookies. If you do not know a Girl Scout, visit www.GirlScoutsToday.org. A digital map is available. Select a nearby troop to order cookies online or to find Cookie Booth details. Traditional Girl Scout Cookie flavors are $5/package, and the gluten-free Toffee-tastics are $6/package.
Through Sunday, March 27, scout troops will be fulfilling DoorDash orders for Girl Scout Cookies on the weekends and after school. Community members can also order cookies at GirlScoutsToday.org or through the DoorDash app. DoorDash is waiving the fees it normally charges restaurants and suppliers to sell on its platform, which means all cookie sales proceeds will go directly to the local Girl Scout troop.
In addition to DoorDash delivery, the Scouts also have increased customer convenience this year, via new contactless delivery methods. The system has the added bonus of teaching upcoming entrepreneurs how to track and fulfill orders, work as a team, and coordinate with different partners.
Traditional Girl Scout Cookie flavors are $5/package and the gluten-free Toffee-tastics are $6/package.