Girl Scouts will be out in force this weekend kicking off a multi-week campaign of selling those ubiquitous cookies in front of various stores throughout Carmichael including Save Mart, Bel Air and Raley’s.
The competition is stiff for these sales sites. Troops vie for shifts at the store fronts to sell those addictive boxes of joy. Troops are awarded monetary proceeds which serve as a big incentive for each group.
Individual prizes were awarded for individual sales that occured in January, when parents showed up at the office with pre-order slips. Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadets set goals for this year’s owl-themed prizes. Incentive prizes began at sales of 25 boxes and subsequent prizes were awarded as sales increased.
Scouts can win patches, alarm clocks, banks, and necklaces, all adorned with the owl symbol. Some of the larger prizes include blankets, iPod Nanos, laptop computers, and iPads.
“The most popular cookies are the Caramel DeLites,” says Stephanie Baker, Girl Scout leader for Troop 1637 at in Carmichael.
Caramel DeLites were formerly known as Samoas and continue to outsell the other cookies every year, although Thin Mints come in at a close second.
Girl Scout Cookie Trivia Nugget: Caramel DeLites are still called Samoas in some parts of the country. It all depends on which baking company the troops receive their boxes from. The Little Brownie Bakers call them Samoas, while the ABC version is called Caramel DeLites.
Wednesday was World Thinking Day, an international event acknowledged by Girl Scouts all over the world.
Carmichael students are out of school this week for the holiday and Baker took advantage of it to hold her event during the day.
“It’s up to each troop to decide how they want to acknowledge it.” Baker said, adding that they can combine troops or keep it smaller. Girl scouts all over the world are acknowledging it on the same day.
“This year’s theme is ‘Empowering Girls Will Change the World’”, Baker said. She and another troop mother, Julie Haubeck, acknowledged the international event with members of Troop 1637 by hosting a house event and leading activities to empower girls.
“Today, they’re going to build a home out of Legos”, said Baker. “It’s bringing in the science and the building and the architecture.” She also planned some math games for the girls.
The girls, most of whom were Daisy Scouts, responded with delight when they heard that a female police officer would be coming over.
Baker jokingly told them, “So when she shows up, you’re not going to jail or anything. She’s just coming over to talk to you about what it’s like to be a woman and police officer.”
Baker also told them, “You don’t have to limit yourself. You can dream big. You can achieve big.”
Arden, a fourth grade Junior Girl Scout, chimed in. “When people look at the world, they think, oh men can do everything. You have to let the girls have a chance. Men aren’t the only ones there. We’re here too.”
“And that’s what this year’s all about.” Baker said.
While the girls snacked on such goodies as mini-cucumbers, cheese and strawberries, they discussed what they wanted to be when they grew up. Careers such as teacher, cupcake shop owner, and actor were discussed.
When asked about their favorite Girl Scout cookie, all but one girl at the event declared “Caramel DeLites”. Nyla, a Daisy Scout and Baker’s daughter, said she preferred the Lemonades.
Baker’s troop will be selling cookies starting Saturday at the Save Mart on Marconi and Fulton Avenues from 3 to 7 p.m. and continuing at various locations in Carmichael over the next few weeks.
And you don’t have to buy cookies for the people you know. You can also arrange for cookies to be delivered to the military troops overseas.
“They can opt right there to have a specified number of boxes sent overseas,” Baker said.
If you’re looking for a Girl Scout Cookie fix, here are some of the locations where you’ll find them:
Save Mart 2735 Marconi (near Fulton Avenue)
Market: 4005 Manzanita Ave (near Winding Way)
5159 Fair Oaks Blvd. (near Walnut Avenue)
And if you have a real addiction, there’s an app for that:
Link to: Cookie Locator iPhone app
Link to: Cookie Locator app for the Android