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By Teresa Bigham/The Hesperian-Beacon—
FLOYDADA— On March 12,1912, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low held the very first Girl Scout meeting in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia. Hoping to give the girls an opportunity to grow physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The first meeting was held with eight-teen members.
From the very beginning Girl Scouts welcomed all girls to join, regardless of race or financial background, and in the 1930s, they published all their resources in Braille, so no girl would feel left out.
For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts and their supporters have helped to ensure the success of the iconic cookie sale.
In 1917, while trying to make money for a group project, the Mistletoe Girl Scout Troop of Muskogee, Oklahoma became the first troop to bake and sell cookies. The mothers of the eight-teen member group volunteering as advisers, the cookies sales began right there in their kitchens.
Throughout the decades, the Girls Scouts in different parts of the country baked their own simple sugar cookies with their mothers help and with the support from the community. These cookies were packaged in wax paper bags, sealed with a sticker and sold door to door for 25 to 35 cents per dozen.
By 1937, the enthusiasm for the Girl Scouts spread nationwide. More than 125 Girl Scout councils reported holding cookie sales.
Cookies sales were going strong until World War 11, at that time sugar, flour, and butter shortages led the groups to turn to selling the first Girl Scout calendars in 1944 as a way for the groups to continue to raise the funds for their projects.
After the war, cookie sales increased more than ever. By 1948, a total of 29 bakers were licensed to bake these wonderful cookies.
The most popular cookie, the thin mints were introduced in 1951, along with the sandwhich and shortbread cookies. Five years later, the flavors evolved. Four basic cookies were offered for sale. The popular thin mints, a vanilla filled cookie, the shortbread cookies and a chocolate filled cookie.
Around 1960, when the Baby Boomers had expanded the Girl Scout membership, cookie sales significantly increased and so did the number of licensed bakers. A few years after more bakers were added so was a new flavor of cookies, the Peanut Butter Sandwich cookie was introduced.
In 1970, four new flavors were added. In 1978, for the first time in history all cookies featured the same designed box, scenes of Girl Scouts in action, including hiking and canoeing. 1979 brought in the Girl Scout logo, which has appeared on every box since.
In the 1980’s Girl Scouts offered three mandatory flavors, the Thin Mint, Peanut Butter Sandwich and the Shortbread, and four optional flavors.
The early 1990’s the number of flavors had grown, eight available favors including low-fat and sugar free varieties.
A new cookie box design was introduced in the fall of 2000. The bakers produced eight varieties, including the three mandatory flavors. All the cookies were kosher. The youngest Girl Scouts, the Daisies started selling cookies that year.
In 2016 the Girl Scouts had a stellar year, the Girl Scouts took the stage at the Academy Awards to sell cookies to Hollywood’s A-list. That was the beginning to the Nationwide Celebration of the 100th anniversary of the cookie selling.
January 18-March 1 our local Girl Scouts have COOKIES for sale. Floydada Troop 6210 has cookies on hand and ready for delivery. The troop will have several flavors available for you to enjoy today.
The flavors you can choose from are Thanks-a- lot, S’mores, Lemonade, Shortbread, Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches Carmel delites, and the gluten free Caramel Chocolate chip cookies. You can call troop leader, Natalie Snowden at 601-604-0067 or at 806-983-3749 and a local Girl Scout will deliver the cookies you want.
They cookie sales benefits the girls in many way. For every 150 boxed a girl sells is one paid day of camp. If a girl chooses to attend camp, there are many for them to choose from. Some of the profits goes back to the troops. In fact, last year troop 6210 decided they would save their profits and adopt an angel for Christmas. They bought several outfits, a couple of toys, and a few books.
“Our local troop is always looking for a new and exciting way to make a change, that will be a lasting impact on our community and our planet,” Snowden said. “We are currently recycling markers. This can be any kind and brand of markers, dry erase, fine line and bold tip. It just has to be a marker.”
We are asking the community to please bring them to Duncan Elementary school, located at 1011 S. 8th Street, Floydada. You may leave them in the office and Natalie Snowden will pick them up.