Thin Mint lovers can celebrate for another week. Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains (GS-TOP) announced Feb. 22 that local Girl Scouts will be allowed to sell cookies for one additional week.
Cookie season was set to end February 25, but has now been extended through March 4, 2018, providing the girls with one additional weekend to accomplish their cookie-selling goals. The organization cited flu season and bad weather for adding the extra time.
“Each year our girls look forward to the one opportunity when they sell cookies to raise troop funds,” said Becky Burton, CEO of Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains. “We all realize how brutal the flu season has been, impacting many of our families and preventing them from participating.” According to federal officials, this is the worst flu season since 2009-10 when a swine flu outbreak swept across Texas and the U.S. “And for our girls who managed to avoid the flu, the extreme weather has kept them from their usual strategies of selling at booths or door-to-door,” she added.
“My daughter is thrilled with the extended deadline,” said Jennifer Matsler, mom and leader of Troop 3502. “Half of our Brownie troop, around 12 girls, had to deal with flu during the cookie season,” she added. “My daughter was so disappointed when she wasn’t able to sell cookies the first few weeks. She is so ready to get back to booth sales and get as close to her goals as possible,” said Matsler.
The annual Girl Scout cookie sale is an American tradition with a long history. Girl Scouts have been selling cookies as a way to finance troop activities since 1917, when the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project. All net revenue raised by cookies sold – 100 percent of it – stays with the local council and troops. Girls use money earned from their cookie business to fund community service projects and learning experiences, such as field trips and travel opportunities. Nearly 1 million Girl Scouts nationwide participate in the Girl Scout Cookies Program each year.
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