New cookie, return to in-person sales could help boost Girl Scout funds in 2022

Mar 5, 2022, 7:36 AM | Updated: Mar 11, 2022, 5:39 am
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Local Girl Scouts Alyssa, Sofia, and Margaux visit KIRO Newsradio's Colleen O'Brien and Dave Ross.

It’s that time of year again: Girl Scout cookie season!

Three local Girl Scouts joined KIRO Newsradio’s Dave Ross and Colleen O’Brien in studio this week to talk about the new cookie that’s available this year, why they sell cookies, and what they love about being a Girl Scout.

“The new cookie is called Adventurefuls,” Alyssa said. “It has fudge in it, and it’s really good.”

“Better than a Thin Mint?” Colleen asked.

“I wouldn’t say better than a Thin Mint,” the young scout replied.

“That’s a pretty high bar,” Dave noted.

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This year, the Girl Scouts are able to sell cookies in person again after having to move to sales online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s very nice since we’re going back to in person. It’s a lot easier than doing virtual and stuff since the whole pandemic,” Sofia said. “I think a lot of girls will definitely be able to reach their goals this year, especially going out and being able to sell cookies in front of stores. We all still keep our masks on, but pretty much everything is back to normal.”

For 8-year-old Margaux, this is her third year selling Girl Scout cookies, and she has someone who has pledged to match her cookie sales.

“I had somebody donate so I could go to camp,” she said.

Besides from helping scouts go to camp, Sofia says cookie sales will her troop get to see “Hamilton,” and, personally, will help fund her Silver Award, “which is a project that takes a lot of hours and you can do something for your community, and you create a team and get funding if it’s needed. It’s just a really great project you can use to help other people.”

Alyssa said some of the money will go to charities as well, for medical workers and to the food pantry.

The cookie program aims to help the young people involved to learn life skills, including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

Vanessa, who works with Girl Scouts of America at large, says the best way to support scouts in your area would be to “buy as many cookies as you can.” But there are other ways to help.

“You also can donate to Girl Scouts of Western Washington. Donating actually helps us maintain our camps so that all of these adventures can happen at camp. We’ve had Girl Scouts go to camp and learn how to row and become part of varsity rowing teams. We’ve had Girl Scouts go to camp and learn survival skills and become part of their local FEMA chapters,” she explained. “So if you can’t buy cookies this year, or maybe cookies aren’t something you necessarily eat all the time,” there are still ways to help.

You can also buy cookies and donate them to your local military troops and military service members, or donate directly to financial assistance or camp maintenance.

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New cookie, return to in-person sales could help boost Girl Scout funds in 2022