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Area Girl Scouts are appealing to sweet-tooth instant gratification as they make a switch to direct cookie sales this year. Instead of taking orders for cookies then delivering them several weeks later, they will be sold and delivered in one trip.
The method was piloted with about 20 Central Illinois troops last year, and resulted in a 35 percent increase in sales, according to Billie Waddell, a program specialist for the Champaign office of Girl Scouts of Central Illinois.
“The great thing about selling this way is they have the product in hand, so that’s exciting for them,” said Waddell.
Lori Dasher, the service area manager for Piatt County’s 10 Girl Scout troops, likes the fact that “girls go to the customer just once.” The only concern she heard from troop leaders is they had to “guess what they were going to sell” instead of having a firm figure as in past years.
To make the cookie 'guestimation' game easier for the five-week sale that began Feb. 1, leaders don’t have to order all their cookies at once. An initial order gets them going, then leaders can go online on Sundays to purchase additional boxes as needed.
Besides higher sales, Waddell said the direct sale method helps out parents, who now “just have to make one trip” to each purchaser.
Troops use cookie sales to fund most of their activities, keeping 50 cents of each $4 box sold for those purposes. For a typical troop such as Dashers’, which sold about 1,000 boxes last year, that nets $500 for her troop.
In addition, individual Scouts get 20 cents per box in “cookie dough,” which can be spent on Scout camps and items in the online store. Waddell said troops also net $100 if they average 150 boxes sold per girl. Reaching that level also waives the next year’s individual registration fees.
Cookies being sold this year include the top-selling Thin Mints, along with Shortbread, Peanut Butter Patties, Peant Butter Sandwiches, Carmel deLites, Lemondades, Thanks-a-Lot and the new Mango Cremes.
Operation Cookie Share
Customers can also purchase cookies for the Girl Scouts Operation Cookie Share program, which sends the tasty treats to members of the military. Since the effort began in 2010, over 190,000 boxes of cookies have been shipped to members of the armed forces both at home and overseas.
Piatt County booth
The 10 Piatt County troops will be selling cookies at County Market in Monticello from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16. In addition, individual troops usually plan sales of their own at various locations.