The world is filled with millions of people that adore the taste of one Girl Scout cookie or another. The variety changes yearly with a set amount of old-time favorites that are available every year when troops begin their annual sale. Years ago, and many of us still remember the good-old days when a box of cookies cost just fifty cents and sales were through the roof. Today, with all the improvements made for baking establishments and equipment the price of a single box of cookies is rising up to $4.00, that’s a fifty cent increase from just last year. This price increase and new, set price just represents the areas in Southern Alabama. Other areas across the nation can see a higher increase per box from last year and may actually be more than the $4.00 sales price currently being initiated in Alabama.
The Girl Scout council has been absorbing the increase in costs for the cookies over the years, deciding now to follow other areas in the United States to raise the price per box. Currently the cost increase will compensate for the services, high-quality programming, transportation costs, the bakers and the rise in the price of ingredients. With the price hike the council believes that the scouting troops will benefit from the increase in means of rewards and proceeds.
This whole scenario sounds a little odd if you break down the figures. A single box of cookies cost $4.00. A case of twelve boxes of cookies would then cost $48.00. From that case of cookies the Girl Scouts would earn a total of $6.60 from that case of cookies. When the figures are split by an individual box of cookies the troop only receives a total of fifty-five cents per box of cookies sold. The remaining $46.40 is distributed to the bakers, transportation and any other administrative services needed to make the cookies possible for the girls to sell.
Fifty-five cents is the least amount that the troops will receive per box and the maximum amount they can receive could be as high as ninety-cents per box depending upon the type of cookies and the sale and distribution areas. Mostly, the amount of benefit the troops receive is determined by the troop per girl average. So, depending upon how many girls are in a single troop and how many cookies are sold as a total, the number of boxes is divided by the number of girls and calculated accordingly. The proceeds remain within the local council and are then distributed to the individual troops to increase the Girl Scout leadership experience across the nation.
That just seems like a lot of money going out the door and an extremely small amount actually benefitting the girls in the troops across the country. They work hard trying to sell boxes of cookies each and every year, walk mile after mile, climb numerous amounts of outdoor staircases, ring thousands of doorbells, make hundreds of phone calls and do it all inbetween family time, school hours, homework assignments and seems to get cookie crumbs for all their efforts.
Girl Scout cookie sales officially start in the month of February. Troops will begin taking orders beginning in December and continue throughout the holiday season. A new wrinkle has emerged in the way the cookies can be sold now. Troops in Alabama for the first time will begin selling cookies online as well as door-to-door making it easier for customers who never seem to be around when a scout comes ringing their doorbells. Now no one will miss their chance at ordering their favorite cookies due to a busy schedule that doesn’t coincide with the small time frame scouts have to sell the cookies everyone loves to eat.