Here We Go: Girl Scouts

Evlabia Konstantinou, Reporter

Girl Scouts Have Fun

We all have heard of the Girl Scouts, and have maybe bought a box of cookies or two. The issue is that Girl scouts use young girls to sell their product with the promise of awards and trips to fun locations. What the Girl Scouts website doesn’t tell you is the amount that goes to the troop.

According to their website: 100 percent of the profits stay with the local Girl Scout authority and in the troops themselves. How they use it is up to them, but do some more digging and you’ll find that’s not the end of the story. In 2014, CBS Minnesota broke down the price of a box of cookies, which is $4. They found that 27 percent of the cost — $1.08 — went into making, packaging, and shipping the cookies. Nineteen percent (76 cents) went toward the Girl Scouts’ volunteer program. 15 percent (61 cents) went toward funding scout camps. 12 percent (49 cents) went into funding leadership programs. 6 percent (22 cents) went into the coffers of local administration. That leaves a grand total of only about 21 percent (84 cents) that goes directly to the troop. Read more

Cost

To be in the Scouts, you need to pay $25 a year, which doesn’t sound too bad. That sounds like a good price. However, according to their website “membership starts at just $25, plus additional program fees – for some of the activities, your girl may want to participate in.” Due to the little costs, it could end up being a couple of hundred dollars by the end of the year. If you are in the Girl Scouts, continue if you are having fun great you might like selling cookies. I found an old article from a person who loved being in the Girl Scouts. (Click here)

The Cookies

According to The Girl Scout website “When you make a Girl Scout Cookie purchase, you’re helping the next generation of girl entrepreneurs get an important taste of what it takes to be successful.” Basically, the website is pressuring you into a world of diabetes.

What Pros Are There to Join the Girl Scouts

The website claims ” the Girl Scout Leadership Experience — a collection of engaging, challenging, and fun activities. Like earning badges, going on awesome trips, selling cookies, exploring science, getting outdoors, and doing community service projects.”

When I asked an ex-Girl scout about if they did any of the above they said ” I did selling cookies. My troop went to Six Flags, and I went outdoors. If you count standing outside of Walmart at 10:00 p.m. in the cold goofing off with my friend because there were no customers.”- June Jung (7)

Sounds like how I would love to spend my afternoon. If you were or are in the Girl Scouts and you enjoyed it good for you — I am not telling you to stop.