Girl Scouts launch annual cookie sale _lowres

Advocate photo by HOWARD ARCENEAUX -- Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Girl Scouts from West Feliciana Parish Troop 10099 show off the piggy banks they decorated at a meeting held at the fire station in St. Francisville on Jan. 12. The 37 girls who attended the meeting learned a little about business and financial literacy in preparation for their annual Girl Scout cookie drive, which began Jan. 15.

Girl Scouts from Troop 10099 learned about financial literacy in preparation for their annual Girl Scout cookie drive at a Jan. 12 meeting held at the Fire Station on West Feliciana Parkway.

Thirty-seven of the troop’s 51 girls participated in the meeting, where they learned about money management in preparation for their annual Girl Scout cookie fundraising sales, which officially began Jan. 15.

The girls also rotated through stations that included activities on safety, marketing tools, games and cookie-tasting. Each girl decorated her own piggy bank.

“We taught them about money management and how it relates to Girl Scout cookie sales,” said Amanda Smith, service leader administrator for the local troop that serves West Feliciana Parish. “They learned about business ethics, money management, people skills, goal setting and decision making.”

Girl Scout cookies are big business, and worldwide, more than 200 million boxes of the tasty treats are expected to be sold this year. The proceeds are divided by the regional council, the local troops and the manufacturer. Revenues are used to pay for events and activities for the Girl Scouts, maintenance of the councils’ Girl Scout camps and other properties, cookie sale incentives and council administrative costs.

Girls who participate earn prizes based on how many boxes they sell.

Smith’s daughter, 6-year-old Amelia, is the resident “cookie diva” and sold 513 boxes last year.

Smith said Troop 10099 has a goal to sell 6,000 boxes this year, with the money going toward paying for patches, learning materials, an end-of-year party, camp sponsorships and more. The troop includes Daisies, Brownies and Juniors as well as Girl Scouts.

“Girls are always welcome to join,” Smith said. “We always have events and community service projects throughout the year.”

The cookies sell for $4 per box, with a gluten-free variety going for $5.

For information about Troop 10099 or to order cookies, email Smith at gsle10099@gmail.com.