Don’t forget to buy your Girl Scout cookies. Cookie Sales end March 19th, 2023. Our local Girls Scout Troops will be selling their cookies for $5 a box. Look for the Girl Scout Cookie Booth in Phelan at Stater Bros in the afternoons from 4-8pm and all day on the weekends. In Wrightwood at Jensen’s Market most weekday afternoons and on weekends. Pick up a box or two of your favorites or try the new cookies this year. Don’t forget to buy a few boxes for the freezer.
The cookie program is a big part of the entrepreneurial program focusing on five key skills: 1) Goal Setting- Girls learn how to set goals and create a plan to reach them. 2) Decision Making- Girls learn to make decisions on their own and as a team. 3) Money Management-Girls learn to create a budget and handle money. 4) People Skills-Girls find their voice and build confidence through customer interactions. 5) Business Ethics-Girls learn to act ethically in business and in life.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program began in 1917 as a way to finance troop activities. Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouts in the United States in March of 1912.
A troop in Oklahoma baked cookies and sold them in the high school cafeteria as a service project. This was the first known instance of Girl Scouts selling cookies, and since then, girls across the country have been learning basic skills needed to become great leaders in business, managing finances, and gaining self-sufficiency.
In the late 1930s, cookie sales were so popular that commercial bakers were called in to help.
Girl Scouts faced a major challenge in 1944 when supplies of cooking ingredients like eggs, milk, sugar, and chocolate were in short supply because of World War II. But that wasn’t going to stop the Girl Scouts. Stop by and support our local Girl Scouts.
The first recipe was simple! 1 cup butter or substitute, 1 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons milk, 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2 cups flour, and 2 teaspoons of baking powder. These cookies were sold for 25-30 cents per dozen. The cookies were packaged in wax paper bags, sealed with a sticker.
To learn more about the history of Girl Scout Cookies visit their website at girlscouts.org