By TARA ALATORRE
PHOENIX – If your New Year’s resolution involves clean eating, dieting or abstaining from sugar you might want to avoid going to your local grocery store, or maybe check out one of those grocery delivery apps because it is officially Girl Scout Cookie season.
This week over 11,000 entrepreneurial girls across central and northern Arizona started selling some of America’s most beloved seasonal treats. For the next six weeks girl scouts will be walking around local neighborhoods and posting up at retail locations with delicious cookies, and some serious determination to meet their sales goals to boot.
“It is important to understand that Girl Scout Cookies are about far more than just money and sweet treats,” says Tamara Woodbury, CEO Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC). “The cookie program is one of the most effective financial literacy programs in the world, developing girls’ skills in five key areas: goal setting; decision making; money management; people skills; and business ethics.”
Don’t let their age fool you either, these girls are all business when it comes to selling cookies.
According to GSACPC, their girl scout troops sold 2.9 million packages of cookies in 2018, and this year their goal is to sell 3 million boxes. Those sales numbers don’t even account for Arizona Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, which sells cookies in the Tucson and Yuma areas.
Just like any other business the troops are implementing strategies to meet their goals. Girl Scout’s “Digital Cookie” is introducing lessons about online marketing, application use and ecommerce that teach girls modern business skills for this digital age, going beyond the traditional cookie booth.
With the Digital Cookie, the girls build their own cookie website and manage virtual sales. They can also accept mobile payments from customers in-person through the Cookie Finder App, which also allows people to easily find cookie booths near them by entering their zip code.
“Not only is every cookie sale a teachable moment, but because all proceeds stay local, girls across Arizona are able to enjoy summer camp, STEM programs, field trips and even adventures out of state in a safe environment,” says Woodbury. “Sales also have the potential to impact the community as troops reinvest their proceeds with service projects.”
All cookie proceeds stay local to benefit Girl Scouts in Arizona, which includes individual girl scouts, troops and all girls council-wide. Girls can pay for summer camp or membership dues with their individual cookie sales too, according to GSACPC.
Here is the GSACPC cookie lineup and prices:
- Thin Mints: Mint flavored and vegan with a chocolate coating. $5
- Tagalongs: Layers of peanut butter with a chocolate coating. $5
- Samoas: Carmel and toasted coconut-covered cookies. $5
- Do-si-dos: Crisp and crunchy oatmeal outside and peanut butter inside. $5
- Savannah Smiles: Lemon flavored cookies dusted with powdered sugar. $5
- S’mores: Graham sandwich cookies with chocolate and marshmallow filling. $6
- Toffe-tastics: Buttery gluten-free cookies with golden toffee bits. $6
Locally, residents will find Girls Scouts at the 4 Sons in Tramonto, Safeway in Anthem and Fry’s on Daisy Mountain Drive this weekend and other upcoming dates.
This year’s partner locations for GSACPC include: Fry’s, Safeway, Bashas’, AJ’s, Food City, Joann Fabric, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Goodwill, ASU and GCU. For more information or to find cookies near you visit girlscoutsaz.org. The cookie finder app is available on iOS and Android devices from Google Play or the Apple Store.