Girl Scout Cookies for Sale

Girl Scouts: Get the word out about ordering by sharing the info on Patch.

This next statement is sure to make your mouth water: Girl Scout cookies are on sale.

From now until March, you can place orders for your favorite cookies, including favorites like Thin Mints, Caramel DeLites, Peanut Butter Patties, and Thanks-A-Lots. Girl Scout cookies are $4 a box.

Search on the Girl Scouts' web site for locations.

And a note to local Girl Scouts: spread the word about locations and sales on Patch. Post an announcement to Patch to let our readers know where you will be selling cookies.

Brenda Kelley Kim January 06, 2012 at 03:34 AM
I'm sure the Girl Scouts will be selling cookies all over, but my daughter is a scout, so if you need some and don't see anyone, shoot me a message! I think I might be her biggest customer and that could be a bad thing!
Tricia Langeleh - Magic Brush Pottery January 06, 2012 at 04:19 AM
There will be Girls at Market Basket and Walmart from now til end of March almost every Saturday or you can stop by Magic Brush Pottery and get your cookies while they are available.
Liz Malone Gerron January 06, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Leave the selling to the girls... In my opinion, and as a girl scout leader, parents should not be soliciting sales via email or any other vehicle for girls... The sale is intended to be a girl led, girl executed activity. As for workplace sales, OK, but make sure your daughter creates a poster or other marketing item that shows HER thoughts on scouts and her marketing skills. -- Just my two cents. Girls don't learn anything if we sell for them
Lisa Gomes January 06, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Troop 60515 will be at Treadwells on Margin Street on Saturday, Jan 7 from 10am - 1pm, Jan 14 at the W. Peabody Post Office and at Market Basket Danvers on January 21. Individuals and companies looking to donate a case of cookies for our US Servicemen & women in Afganistan can contact us contact us at peabodygscookies@gmail.com. GirlScouts of Eastern Mass will be sending cookies from Hanscom AFB in March. Thank you - Lisa
Liz Malone Gerron January 06, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Once again in response to Lisa Gomes -- if you are a leader and not a girl, I must reiterate that it is fine to place notices about upcoming booth sales here, because girls have to participate and work at the booth sales. But, to put up a blanket invite to order from a troop via email is not in the spirit of the Girl Scout Cookie Sale. Girls are supposed to develop marketing skills and use their personal networks to sell cookies. ALL troops are selling Cookies for a Cause --some will donate to Hanscom and others to charities of their own choosing. To use a public forum like this for the benefit of one troop is not appropriate in my view.
Eileen M. January 06, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Also, a note to SOME (not all) of the mothers who operate the booths at local stores, I buy from every girl scout who knocks on my door, I have 3 neices who are girl scouts, and I buy a case from each of them. I have cookies comming out of my ears. If I walk in or out of a store without buying from the booth, please don't give me the evil eye!
denise January 06, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I agree with you Liz...but sad to say so many people get too involved in the things the kids are supposed to be doing...Have you ever gone to one of those pinewood derby's?? Come on now...some look like proffessionals did it! I for one agree with letting the kids take the reins and having them LEARN while doing...(pls excuse my bad spelling) thanks.
Don January 06, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I bought 6 boxes of cookies from a co-worker at work. Even though his daughter was unable to get into the facility and I really don't eat cookies, it is a great thing to support these organizations. Was this wrong?
Kendra Garabedian January 06, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Everyone just remember when you were a child and selling cookies, magazines, candy or whatever. Everyone supported you so let help these girls out. They deserve the same we did when we were children
Robert Gates (Editor) January 06, 2012 at 05:41 PM
The Market Basket in Danvers? That would be a relatively close spot for Hamilton-Wenham readers. Will any of the Hamilton girls be outside Crosby's?
Alana January 06, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Girl Scout Troop 60834 with be at the Stop & Shop in Peabody selling cookies on January 21st! The girls will be dressed as different cookies and will have a very decorated booth! We are also taking donations for our troops "Adopt-a-Solider" program! Looking forward to seeing everyone that stops by!
Vivian Merrill January 06, 2012 at 06:40 PM
There's another cookie booth at Walmart in Chelmsford on Jan 2 from 9-11 I think.
Don January 06, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I am inclined to buy at least a box everytime I see any of these girls, just to support the young ones growning up. Call me a sucker, but I agree with Kendra. When I was younger a lot of people bought like items from me and it was cool. I also remember those who just ignored me and walked by, it hurt. These kids have enough to deal with in my opinion, so I say, support them all you can.
AB January 06, 2012 at 09:38 PM
The troops only get a pittance of the proceeds from cookie sales...I forget the exact numbers, but I remember it being something like 20 cents per $4 box. Far less than Boy Scoits get for their fundraisers. I'd rather give them a cash $5 donation, have all of the money go directly to the troop, and skip the cookies altogether.
Alex Ro January 07, 2012 at 01:33 AM
The troops get 60 cents for box. For those selling cookies for their daughters I suggest you read the girl scout rules. NO INTERNET SALES unless its your friend or family. So those posting email me or go to my store, shame on you.
Stacey Mitchell Roller Devendorf January 07, 2012 at 01:43 AM
I am thinking of pulling my daughter out of Girl Scouts. It is nothing like it was when I was a child! Now its about selling, selling and more selling. There are individual sales goals, and prizes, troop goals and prizes. My seven year old is under pressure to sell cookies. Badges earned on "selling" and "meeting the customer". Seriously??? I am not selling any cookies. If our family or friends want some they can approach us. We also are not going to beg at the grocery store. I was in Hyannis and saw little girls last week out begging people to buy cookies. My childhood memories is that of Girl Scouts having fun without any pressure. We would do "good deeds" in the community. What happened? And most of all the mindless mommy drama that seems to be apparent here. Argh!
Liz Malone Gerron January 07, 2012 at 02:00 PM
@ Don -- No YOU did nothing wrong by buying cookies from a co-worker... girls are allowed to sell cookies at work. However, there are some rules they are supposed to follow that show THEIR EFFORT in the endeavor. Some of the examples if she cannot be at the facility are having the girl write a letter introducing her self, make a poster showing her goals or an aspect of girl scouts she enjoys-- you get the idea. (These are all clearly outlined on page 8 of the "Cookie Book" we leaders receive and agree to follow. Also, the girls should send thank you notes, or try to actually deliver the cookies in person (easier to do since school gets out before a lot of businesses close). I am militant about having my girls follow these rules and I ask to see what they sent in for workplace sales. When I was young I watched my sister come in second year after year. I would walk with her to sell and deliver cookies on foot and she sold A LOT, but the girl who always won was the one who sent her form in with her dad to his office. Our dad was a self-employed electrical contractor-- there was no way to just send a form into the office with him (and frankly, I don't think he would have taken it if there was). So, Don, not to belabor the issue, but when someone approaches at work think about who is actually selling--is there any girl effort evident?
Joe Bill January 07, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Parents are really getting obnoxious with the selling of these cookies. Let your kids do the work as was the original intention behind selling girl scout cookies,
Liz Malone Gerron January 07, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Hi Stacey, I agree. Cookie sales have become crazy. "Begging" should never be part of the equation. I had a serious talk with my Junior level girls (5th grade) about the economy and how many people simply cannot afford $4 for a box a cookies and it is NOT because they don't want to help a good cause --. I told my girls that every sale must involve a respectful request for a purchase, no pressure or sad faces, and a smile and big "thank you for your time" regardless of whether someone makes a purchase. You may consider me part of the "mommy drama, " but personally, I am simply trying to level the playing field for girls who some of us are trying to teach that they have to play with integrity.
Liz Malone Gerron January 07, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Alex, I agree but I do think it is OK to announce a booth sale in a forum like this. The girls have to put in a lot of work for booth sales (at least they SHOULD be) and realistically, only people near that booth are likely to seek it out. Although, I must admit since Patch is probably mostly adults, it is not likely that it was the girls idea as an advertising medium... but if the girls put in the work for the booth, nothing wrong with a leader trying to help them advertise it. The nuance is that the girls should be aware of it and maybe even learn a little about marketing by devising a way to find out if customers learned about their booth from a internet posting like this (maybe a sign -- "tell us if you read about us on Patch-- or something like that) I like to think it is all supposed to be about what the GIRLS learn in selling cookies. As for the just email me to buy --I'm with you -- inappropriate.
ColorMaven January 07, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I applaud the adult leaders who are trying to use the Girl Scout framework to teach girls about service, integrity, community and to learn life skills. As a long time scout, scout leader (retired) and mom of a Gold Award Scout, it know it can be a great program. My biggest reason for leaving was a growing disallusionment with the organization as a whole. Girl Scouts used to have a very focused mission - but I find that is less true now. In an attempt to be "something for every girl, I feel they have lost site of who they are. Cookies are the primary funding mechanism for local councils - who take the lion share of the money made on cookies - the baker gets the next largest chunk, and the troops pocket a profit based on what the individual council can negotiate with GSUSA/baker (ABC or Little Brownie) based on sales density and the material benchmark awards they may choose to give out (chotchkes, skating parties, etc...). Turnover at our local council was such that services were poor. Council would also tie up approvals for other types of fund raising to force girls to sell even more cookies (which line their pockets) . You cannot fund older girl programs like travel to World GS sites with just cookies. I also think GS's exploits the fact that the little ones are a bigger profit conduit. GS also needs to enforce its brand and clamp down on eBay resale of cookies - they don't because their profit is already in their pocket.
AB January 08, 2012 at 12:22 AM
60 cents for the troop out of a $4 box of cookies is 15%, still a pittance. As a former troop leader, I politely decline the cookies at booth sales and hand over a $5 cash donation instead. Better than spending $36 on 9 boxes of cookies so the troop can make the equivalent. :)
Doug Coonrod January 08, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Samoas were my favorite.
April Chappell January 11, 2012 at 04:53 PM
yes i am enterested in buying some cookies so if u can deliver them to me or meet me at walmart in elberton if your close by


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