A short history about the Girl Scout Cookie Weekend
An icon of American culture, Girl Scout cookies weekend have been around in the American Society for more than hundred years. Just five years after the founder of Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Low created the organization; it started in the kitchens of some girl scouts, whose mothers agreed to volunteer as the technical adviser for making cookies. In 1917, the work began as the baking and selling cookie as one method to raise funds for troops who were defending the territory before the start of the First World War.
Soon it became the best method of raising money in different branches of the girl’s scouts. In 1922 American Girl, the official Girl Scouts Magazine sensed the good opportunity and provided a simple cookie recipe in the magazine which was used to distribute among the 2000 Girl Scout members.
In 1920s and 1930s, the Girl Scout Cookies were still continued to be made in various homes and household. The Girl Scout Cookies were used to be packaged in wax paper bags which were sealed with the scout sticker. The Girl Scouts sold them from door to door for 25-35 cents per dozen to raise funds.
In 1933, the things changes considerably. For the first time the Philadelphia Girl Scouts baked the cookies at homes and sold them through the bill windows of the city’s electric and gas company. The venture was so successful that other cities soon followed this example by selling the commercially baked cookies to the customers
In 1936, the national organization of the Girl Scouts licensed the commercial bakers for producing cookies to be sold on the Girl Scout cookies weekend. With a short interruption during World War II, the activity of selling Girl Scout cookies continued and expanded to become an $800-million cookie program which continues till today to raise funds and teach various skills to the girl scouts. The skills include setting goals, making decisions, management of the money, ethics in business and efficient communication. With the expansion of the shopping malls and the suburb, the girl scouts got a new venue for selling their cookies.
In 1960, the bakers introduced new packaging which included the wrapping of the Girl Scout Cookie boxes in cellophane or printed aluminum foil for the protection and preservation of the freshness of the cookies.
This way, you can see, not only did the girls scout troop evolve but it is now a matter of pride, every young girl wants to be a girl scout, and selling cookies, well that’s a fun competition in itself to see who is the best girl scout who has the skills and charm to sell the most!
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