Cookie Sale 2013 Media Kit Print
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(800) 400-GIRL www.gssgc.org Cookie Program 2013 Cookie Program History For more than 100 years, Girl Scout cookie activities have helped girls learn valuable skills such as decision-making, money management and delivering on a promise. Girl Scout cookies had their earliest beginning in the kitchens and ovens of girl members, with mothers volunteering as technical advisors. The sale of cookies to help finance troop activities began as early as 1917; five years after Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouting in the United States. Into the 1920’s and 1930’s, Girl Scouts in different parts of the country continued to bake their own simple sugar cookies. These cookies were packaged in wax paper, sealed with a sticker and sold door to door for 25 cents per dozen. Today, the Girl Scout Cookie Program captures the spirit and tradition of Girl Scouting. The Girl Scout Cookie Program helps girls realize their full potential and become strong, confident and resourceful citizens fulfilling the Girl Scout mission: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. What’s Inside a Box of Girl Scout Cookies? A lot more than the cookies themselves! There’s magic! When you purchase a box of cookies, you support local Girl Scout troop and Council activities, as well as help girls gain valuable skills that they will use all of their lives, and it all starts right here! “ As parents, we know that 132 boxes of cookies will take a girl who is afraid to swim to Surf Camp, and she will find the courage to stand on that board (even if in only inches of water) sometime during that week end because her sister Scouts have got her back. Just 65 boxes will let a 9-year old paleontology buff stay the night in a dinosaur museum where she can see the possibilities of turning something she loves into a future career. It only takes 34 boxes to donate a bag full of gifts to an under privileged child at Christmas, and even less per girl to replant the entire common area of their elementary school for Earth Day to bring a better environment to everyone around. These are just some of the great things to come from our cookie sales. . .” Angel Mobley Leader, Troop 1072 San Gorgonio Council For more information, call (800) 400-4475 or visit www.gssgc.org 2013 Cookie Program FAQ’s What are the cookie varieties this year ? There is a variety of choices: Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Shortbread, Lemonades, Thanks-a-Lots, Peanut Butter Sandwiches and the NEW Mango Crèmes with NutriFusion™. How much does a box of Girl Scout cookies cost? Each box of Girl Scout cookies costs $4. Where does the money go? All of the proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program benefit the girls both directly and indirectly. All proceeds stay within the local community (Riverside and San Bernardino counties). Here’s how the cookie crumbles: For each $4.00 box of cookies: Cost of Cookies Programming, Membership, Camp, Adult Education, Support Services 96¢ $1.61 Girl Rewards (patches, trips, cookie dough cards) 22¢ Troop Proceeds 70¢ Girl Scout Properties 51¢ For more information, call (800) 400-4475 or visit www.gssgc.org 2013 Cookie Program FAQ’s How healthy are the cookies? Girl Scout cookies contain zero grams trans fats per serving, 100% real cocoa, some vegan options and no preservatives. Plus this year we’re introducing our NEW Mango Crèmes with NutriFusion™ which contains: • 15% RDI (reference daily intake) of Vitamin B1 per serving • 5% RDI of Vitamins A, C, D, E, and B6 per serving • Zero grams trans fats per serving • No hydrogenated oils • No preservatives Here’s this year’s line up of delicious choices: Please keep in mind, Girl Scout cookies are a dessert product and should be eaten in moderation. Starting with the youngest Girl Scout members, we promote a healthy lifestyle and rely on the cooperation of parents and caregivers to make certain that children eat well-balanced diets and enjoy cookies in moderation. For more information, call (800) 400-4475 or visit www.gssgc.org 2013 Cookie Program Have Girl Scouts addressed the palm oil issue? FAQ’s Yes! Our cookie supplier, ABC Bakers/Interbake Foods, is delighted to announce that they are official members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). They source their palm oil exclusively from members of the RSPO and support the efforts of the RSPO to encourage sustainable farming practices. Starting in 2012, they began incorporating mass balance sustainable palm oil into Girl Scout cookies. Do Girl Scout Cookies contain slave chocolate? No! The Girl Scout Organization and our bakers do NOT use slave chocolate. Our cocoa is purchased from a supplier that’s a member of the Rain Forest Alliance (http://rainforest-alliance.org/ <http://rainforest-alliance.org/> ), which is an organization that addresses both environmental and labor issues. The cocoa can come from either Malaysia or West Africa. Where can I purchase Girl Scout cookies? There is a Girl Scout in every community. Contact Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council at (800) 400-4475 to connect with a local troop or visit www.girlscoutcookies.org to locate a cookie booth near you! New Mango Crèmes with Nutrifusion™! Delicious & Nutritious A tasty treat with major vitamins! • These crunchy vanilla and coconut cookies with a mango-flavored crème filling have all the nutrient benefits of eating cranberries, pomegranates, oranges, grapes and strawberries. • This exciting innovation brings “better for you” benefits to Girl Scouts and is the first cookie of its kind. Mango Crèmes with NutriFusion™ contain: • 15% RDI (reference daily intake) of Vitamin B1 per serving • 5% RDI of Vitamins A, C, D, E, and B6 per serving • Zero grams trans fats per serving • No hydrogenated oils • No preservatives Try some todayFor and enjoy a delicious new400-4475 way to get your vitamins! more information, call (800) or visit www.gssgc.org 2013 Cookie Program Cookies The Girl Scout I Care Cookie Sharing Program supports military service people, local food banks, fire & rescue, women’s shelters, Ronald McDonald houses, camps and several other community organizations. People purchasing Girl Scout cookies and snacks can choose to donate product as gifts to any one of these deserving organizations. Last year, Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio made a national record breaking donation to Operation Gratitude thanks to the generosity of customers who contributed cookies to the I Care Program. In 2012, Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council is partnering with Operation Gratitude and the USO of Cochella Valley. Remember, if you can’t eat ‘em, treat ‘em! For more information, visit http://bit.ly/ICAREcookies to check out the video. Are cookie purchases tax-deductible? Cookies purchased through the I CARE Cookie Sharing Program are tax-deductible. This is because these cookies are purchased as a donation to others – our military troops, food pantries, shelters – and the consumer does not receive any cookies and does not benefit directly from paying for those cookies. Introducing a win-win way to give... 5 Visit ly/ http://bit.h5 gssgchigfor to enter to your chan! ce win The High 5 program gives customers the opportunity to win 5 cases of their favorite Girl Scout cookies for themselves and 5 cases donated to Operation Gratitude in their name. Here’s how it works: •C ustomers buy five boxes or more during a single purchase from a girl or toop and donate them to the I Care program. •T he girl or troop should give the customer a Good Deed Doer certificate. Each girl will be given a supply of certificates by her troop. • The customer follows the instructions on the certificate to enter their name in the online High 5 drawing. •T he Council will draw the names of six winners in April and ship Girl Scout cookies directly to the winners and to the winner’s choice of charity in the winner’s name.