The 2022 “cookie season” is officially over and the Girl Scouts of Estes Park have collectively sold over $13,500 worth of boxes of cookies, raising over $12,000 for local troops.
Estes Park currently has two Girl Scout Troops, Troop #77784 being the Daisy/Brownie Troop. Daisies are girls in kindergarten and first grade, and brownies are in second and third grades.
The second troop, troop #70455, is the junior/cadet troop. The juniors are in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades, and the cadets are in the seventh and eighth grades.
There are currently 12 girls in each troop which, combined, are called Estes Park Girl Scouts. Both troops are members of the Girl Scouts of Colorado and the Estes Park Girl Scouts are in Region 7 of the state.
“The Daisy/Brownie troop would be called ‘Cookie Rookies,’ because this was the first year one of these girls sold cookies,” said Estes Park Girl Scout leader Penny Roberts. “Troop #77784 sold a total of 5,338 boxes, with a profit for the troop of a total of $4697.44. To sell that many boxes, they made 200 ‘Porch Pixie’ style deliveries, had eight 90-minute “sales booths” plus nine additional two-hour booth sales at Safeway.”
The Junior/Cadet troop sold a total of 8,383 boxes, with a troop profit of $7,377.04.
“In addition to individual sales and kiosks, cookies were ordered online and shipped to other locations and cookies were also purchased as direct donations,” Roberts said. “One hundred and fourteen ‘Gifts of Caring’ packages were purchased for direct distribution by Colorado Girl Scouts to service members both at home and abroad, as well as at a Marshall Fire event later this summer.”
Another branch of Girl Scout cookie sales includes donations to what Scouts call “Hometown Heroes.” This year, the two troops are delivering cookies to the Crossroads Ministry, teachers at Estes Park Elementary School and the fire departments of Estes Park, Glen Haven, Allenspark, Pinewood Springs and Big Elk Meadows.
“Add to that first responders with the Estes Valley Fire Protection District and the Estes Park Police Department,” Roberts said. “The girls chose to spread the sweet goodness through all kinds of cookies.”
With both troops and 96% of Girl Scouts from Estes Park participating, this was a banner year for cookie sales.
To celebrate their record-breaking season, the Daisy/Brownie Troop recently hosted a family swim party at Estes Park Recreation Center, and the Junior/Cadette Troop took their family and friends to a roller skating party at the YMCA of the Rockies. .
The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world and teaches girls five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, interpersonal skills, business ethics.
Not only do cookie sales help local troops directly support more than a dozen different charities and service organizations, they also support amazing trips and outdoor adventures for girls.
The Daisy/Brownie troupe has already planned a camping night in June at the Meadow Mountain Ranch in Allenspark, and they plan to go horseback riding this summer.
“They will also be planning day adventures to various new places in Colorado to help expand their horizons,” Roberts said.
The Junior/Cadet troop will use profits to pre-register all girls for next year’s registration year, as well as pay for badges, awards, service projects and other activities.
“A camping trip to Grand Tetons National Park and a special one-night Girl Scout event at the Cave of the Winds near Colorado Springs will highlight their summer,” Roberts said.
Girl Scouts who sell cookies also personally receive so-called “cookie credits” which can be used to pay for Resident Camp and other Girl Scout sponsored events. In the summer of 2023 there is a trip to Europe that Cookie Credits can be used to help pay for.
“The girls and their leaders have worked very hard this year to increase sales of Girl Scout Cookies. It takes a lot of time, energy and organization to make this sale a success,” Roberts said. “Keeping track of every box of cookies and keeping proper records and inventories is a daunting task for Troop Cookie Captains as well as adults who run booth sales, raise money and submit funds to Colorado girl scouts. The girls themselves set ambitious goals, and several girls sold over 1,000 boxes each. Cookie Credits for All Girls help pay for Girl Scout-sponsored trips, camps and other events.