Police talks about safety to all local Girl Scout troops Friday at Liberal cookie kickoff. Courtesy photos
• L&T staff report
Cookie sales help teach girls many skills. They can earn the Financial Literacy patch and the Cookie Business badge.
“This means they learn to use money wisely,” said leader Michele Stoddard. “They are using math skills to count their money or change back. They learn to set goals and how to track them to make sure they make them.”
The girls also have a chance to sell cookie shares which support military troops, Kansas Food Bank, local food pantries and Catholic Charities.
“With the local food banks, the person purchasing it may tell us which bank they want it to go,” Stoddard said. “How does the cookie crumble? 21 percent goes to Girl Rewards and Troop/SU proceeds 28 percent cost of sale and 51 percent Girl and Volunteer Services.”
This means 30 cents to cookie credits that girls can use on camps trips or things from the store, 6 cents to recognition, 35 cents to troop for programs, activities, supplies and community service projects, and a penny a box goes to service units for programs and activities and supplies. Cost to sell the cookies: 95 cents, 2 cents for material and toll free number and $1.81 for programs and services such as a girl programs financial assistance and facility operation.
“Troop 60005 uses a lot of their profit in community service projects in Liberal,” Stoddard said. “So buying cookies from them also helps our community. Some of the projects the girls helped with last year included getting Liberal Area Rape Crisis/Domestic Violence Services the phone system it needed so itdidn’t have dropped calls anymore. The girls paid for most of the phone and got some help from a couple of churches to help with the rest. They planted for Earth Day and went back and did more at Dorthy’s House. They did a tea party at Good Sam for the last several years.”
Stoddard added these are just a few of the wonderful things done with the help of cookie sales. Cookie booths are planned from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on March 1 at Dillons.
“Please support the Girl Scouts during cookie sales,” Stoddard said. “Help make these girls stronger leaders for our future.”