February 16, 2014

Girl Scout cookies now on sale

We admit it. We are crazy about Girl Scout cookies.

Samoas. Thin Mints. Tagalongs. Do-Si-Dos. Savannah Smiles. Even the Trefoils. We open the box intending to eat just one and quickly find ourselves eating them all.

So we are excited that local Girl Scouts will be getting their cookies today, and we know that many of you are as well.

But Girl Scout cookies are more than just a great-tasting treat or even an annual tradition. Cookie sales are the Girl Scouts’ main fundraiser. The money raised by cookie sales funds background checks for adult leaders as well as all the training they are required to undergo. It funds “scholarships” that pay for the membership fees and uniforms for girls who can’t afford them.

Individual troops use cookie sales money to send their girls to camp or for special outings. These provide those girls with the chance to do things many of them would not otherwise get to do, from spending a few nights under the stars to horseback riding to taking archery and rifle lessons.

And most of the money stays here in this area. After paying the bakery for the cookies, the rest of the funds are divided among the area council, the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, or to local troops. It doesn’t go to other states or cities.

So when you buy Girl Scout cookies you help pay for some pretty important things.

But maybe you are on a diet and can’t indulge your sweet tooth. Well, that doesn’t have to stop you from buying a box or two of cookies. The Girl Scouts have a program that allows people to buy cookies for the military. Just sign the form, pay your money, and they’ll ship the cookies you buy to military bases around the world, providing a treat for the men and women who protect this country.

Finally, selling cookies help Girl Scouts develop some important life skills, such as handling money and talking to others. Some girls take to this naturally. Others may be shy and have trouble talking to people they don’t know well. So when a Girl Scout, especially a young one, asks if you’d like to buy some cookies, remember that it may have taken some effort for her to approach you.

Girl Scouts will be out in many places over the next few days selling cookies, but if you don’t encounter them, you can find out where they are by going online to www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_cookies/find_cookies.asp.

Take it from us. The cookies are delicious, and you’ll be helping a good cause.


Text Only
  • "We’ve had a great ride"

    For 60 years, the Green Spot has been a part of Dalton. It survived long after most other locally owned grocery stores in the area had folded to competition from big chain grocery stores and to big box super stores.

    July 29, 2014

  • Charles Oliver: Traveler from a district in Columbia?

    Jim Gray was traveling out of Orlando International Airport when a Transportation Security Administration officer tried to stop him from boarding his plane.

    July 29, 2014

  • Letter: Children are not the enemy

    We recently read somewhere that our country is at war, not with another nation but with one another.

    July 29, 2014

  • Ensuring the joy of reading

    They’re little, they’re libraries, and best of all, they’re free.

    July 28, 2014

  • Move carefully, but soon

    No one intended for it to happen. No one had any bad motives.
    But during a period of 40 years or more, quite a few people didn’t do enough planning, didn’t have enough foresight to see what all of the development in Dalton would do.

    July 27, 2014

  • Local school systems must bear costs of federal immigration failure

    No word. No warning. Little help.
    That’s what Dalton Public Schools officials received from the federal government when it dropped 30 Central American students into local classrooms last school year.

    July 26, 2014

  • Sacrifices worth honoring

    Members of the Dalton City Council were recently approached by representatives of the local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart with a request to declare Dalton a Purple Heart City. Council members indicated they will approve the request.

    July 24, 2014

  • We must do better

    The numbers tell a sad tale.
    Registered voters: 36,843.
    Cards cast: 5,307.
    That means the turnout for Tuesday’s runoffs in Whitfield County was a measly 14.4 percent, according to unofficial results from the Whitfield County elections office.

    July 23, 2014

  • Letter: Control immigration

    Thousands are starting to pour into our country, and things are getting personal. Why would we end up the bad guys if we turn away children who aren’t ours? How does it make us better people to let one man steal from our children and stand by and do nothing?

    July 23, 2014

  • Helping with Book Blast betters the community

    The school test results are in, and students in Whitfield and Murray counties mostly improved from a year ago, mirroring or exceeding average scores of their peers.

    July 23, 2014