Girl Scouts cookie fundraiser aids program, troops
The annual Girl Scout Cookies fundraiser is underway in the Aleutians, with the help of girls in the islands and more than a thousand miles away in Anchorage.
In Unalaska/Dutch Harbor, local girl scouts deliver pre-ordered cookies, sell some at supermarket tables and ship them to troops in the states and Afghanistan, according to troop leader Margo Peters.
"I have people tracking me down to get Girl Scout cookies," she said.
The famous pastries are much in demand and sell fast. "We do have a few extras, not much," Peters said.
Individuals can support local residents serving in the military by ordering cookies, which the scouts will then send to domestic or overseas bases, she said.
Last year, Unalaska scouts sold around 5,000 boxes of cookies at $4 each, for a total of about $2,000, said Peters, adding that sales are down somewhat this year. The local troop keeps 45 cents per box, with the rest going to the larger organization and covering cookie production costs, she said.
Further down the Chain, the cookies are popular treats in Adak, although the former military base does not have a Girl Scout troop.
Fortunately, Adak has a good off-island connection. The community telephone company's office staff is in the state's largest city and can buy the treats from a Girl Scout troop in Anchorage.
"We wouldn't get any Girl Scout cookies if it wasn't for them," said Adak city clerk Deb Sharrah. City staff and city council members are big customers, and so are other residents who buy the cookies displayed in the front window of the city offices, she said.
"That's how we get our Girl Scout cookies. We have the same troop we go through every year," Sharrah said.
Adak's connection in Anchorage is through Adak Eagle Enterprises, operator of Windy City Cellular. Company vice president Andilea Weaver said employees take up a collection to buy cookies from troop 163, and send them to the school in Adak to support school activities.
Last year, Weaver said the company raised $500 for cookie purchases. As Alaska goes, so goes Adak. "Samoas are definitely the popular," Sharrah said.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl financial literacy program in the world. It teaches girls goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics - aspects essential to leadership, success and life. Cookies can be purchased through March 30, and through April 6 in Anchorage only.
One-hundred percent of the money girls raise through the Girl Scout Cookie Program - every penny after paying the baker - stays in Alaska with the council and troops. Girl Scout cookie sales fund programs, camps and activities for Alaska's girls.
"One of the most important lessons you can teach a girl is how to set a challenging goal and reach it," Girl Scouts of Alaska CEO Sue Perles said. "The cookie program allows girls to set two kinds of group goals: What can we do with our cookie money to help others, and what can we do with our cookie money for fun and learning?"
To find out where cookies are being sold in your area, use the Cookie Locator: http://cookielocator.littlebrownie.com.