It’s nearly Girl Scout cookie season! Troops across the country are gearing up with kick-off events and lotteries for site sales.
Do you know where the money goes for each box of cookies sold? $1 goes to the baker, $.65 goes directly to the troop, and the rest of the money goes to the troop’s GS council to support programs and facilities.
A few months ago I read Tough Cookies by former Girl Scouts USA CEO Kathy Cloninger. If you judge the book by its cover (which we all do from time to time, admit it), you might think that it has nothing to do with you unless you have a Girl Scout in your household. True, anyone affiliated with Girl Scouts should certainly read this book. However, if you care about girls’ education in any way, there’s something in this book for you. Or if you have even the slightest interest in the management of a non-profit organization, there’s something in this book for you. In short, this book has a lot to offer beyond just the history of Girl Scout cookies.
Cloninger took over as CEO of GSUSA shortly after the turn of the century and recognized the need for the organization to revamp itself as the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts approached (it’s this year, by the way). Under her leadership, a nation-wide restructuring and re-branding took place, preserving some of the beloved traditions of Girl Scouts and adjusting for the challenges faced by modern girls. Cloninger’s narrative is a testament to the accomplishments of generations of girl scouts, and to the tremendous potential of female leadership in the future.
Here is a link to a video of Cloninger’s appearance on Fox & Friends: http://blog.girlscouts.org/2011/11/smart-cookies-what-girl-scouts-can.html
So whether your favorites are Samoas or Tagalongs, remember
And here’s a great video about the cookies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeYCunQdWo4