Girl Scout Cookies are Back!
Disclosure: Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan is a sponsor of Ann Arbor with Kids. I am also a Girl Scout volunteer.
It’s Girl Scout Cookie Season again. Ann Arbor area troops picked up their initial orders this week. Cookie Booths started on Friday, February 15 and run through March 24. There will be bonus booths in April.
Girl Scout Cookie Booths
We love holding Girl Scout Cookie Booths! The Girl Scout Cookie Booths Locator will help you find the time and date of Cookie Booths near you. If you plan to shop at a cookie booth, please bring cash or a check. Some troops have a credit card reader, but not all troops do. Even the troops that have a card reader prefer cash or check so they don’t lose the fees out of troop proceeds.
Thank you to the many stores and other locations that host Girl Scout Cookie Booths. In the Ann Arbor area, Busch’s, Kroger, Lucky’s Market, Lowe’s, Walmart, Tractor Supply Company, Discount Tire and more have made their locations available on select days and times through a signup process open to all troops. Other venues work directly with individual troops.
If you have a venue and would like to host a cookie booth, send me an email. As both a volunteer as an Area Product Manager and a troop cookie parent, I can connect you to a troop or put you in touch with council to establish a council booth.
Ann Arbor Girl Scout Cookie Benefits
In addition to tasting great, Girl Scout Cookies benefit local Girl Scouts in our area. All of the profits from the sale remain within our local council, Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan (GSHOM). GSHOM includes Ann Arbor, Lansing, Jackson, Kalamazoo, and Saginaw. The proceeds are split between GSHOM and the individual troop. Council proceeds help to support camps (both resident and day camps) and other programming. It also funds financial aid to allow all girls to join Girl Scouts.
Troop proceeds are used for troop activities. This year as Cadettes my daughter’s troop is planning a trip to Washington DC. We are definitely planning on several cookie booths to help pay for the trip.
Last year they went to the Smoky Mountains. They visited Cumberland Gap, Dollywood, and Clingman’s Dome. My daughter was also intrigued to stop at the Colonel Sanders Museum on the way down and get fresh hot Krispy Kreme donuts.
In past years, my daughter’s troop has had a pool party, gone to the Adventure Park in West Bloomfield, and spent a weekend in Mackinac. They stayed at a campground in Mackinaw City, visited a Dark Park and spent all day Saturday on Mackinac Island.
In past years, my daughter’s troops have used their cookie proceeds for zip-lining, the water park, camping, and to fund donations to the Humane Society (the girls choice).
Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan has amazing facilities. While many councils are downsizing, our facilities have been improving over the years. The funds from Girl Scout cookies are a big component of their upkeep and improvements. Council proceeds also help fund amazing programs.
My daughter’s troop typically camps a few times a year. Plus, she has attended both Girl Scout Day camp and resident summer camp. Camp activities include swimming, boating, archery, climbing, and more.
Not only do the girls benefit financially from selling Girl Scout cookies, they also learn important life skills like money management, goal-setting, and marketing. As the adult guiding girls at Cookie Booths, I have seen shy girls come out of their shell as they approach people about buying Girl Scout Cookies.
Locally, Girl Scout Cookies have also inspired activism. As of 2012, only sustainable Palm Oil is used in Girl Scout Cookies. Local Ann Arbor Girl Scouts were the driving force for the switch.
In addition to buying cookies for yourself, you can donate cookies through the Hometown Heroes program. At the Council level, these cookie donations are split between Food Banks (Food Gatherers and Gleaners) and the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW. Some troops select their own Hometown Hero for donations. Some examples are local fire stations or local police departments paired with a station tour.
2019 Girl Scout Cookie News
Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan offers 8 varieties of cookies at booths this year. A box of cookies costs $5 ($6 for the S’mores and Gluten-Free Toffee-Tastic).
If you have pre-ordered Girl Scout cookies from a local Girl Scout, they will be receiving them for delivery beginning February 13.
Nationally, Girl Scouts uses two bakers – Little Brownie Bakers and ABC. The Heart of Michigan Council uses Little Brownie Bakers which is a division of Kellogg.
Did you know that Girl Scout Cookies:
- have no High Fructose Corn Syrup
- have no Partially Hydrogenated Oils
- have no Trans Fat
- Use 100% real cocoa in Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, and S’mores
- Uses sustainable Palm Oil
The Big 3 – Thin Mint, Samoa, Tagalong
The top 3 cookie sellers are the Thin Mint, Samoa, and Tagalong. The Thin Mint leads the way with the Samoa and Tagalong roughly even. We’ve noticed that some families are Samoa families and some are Tagalong families. We’re a Samoa family, but my daughter gets a decent number of Tagalong orders since my brother-in-law’s family is a Tagalong family.
The S’mores Cookie was introduced in our council last year. The cookie is made with specialty ingredients from small farms and natural flavors. This does make the cookie more expensive. They sell for $6/box in our council.
S’mores taste great if you microwave them for a few seconds first. The chocolate and marshmallow creams get a little melty. Delicious!
Toffee-Tastic Gluten Free Cookie
GSHOM first offered the Gluten Free Toffee-Tastic cookie in 2015. Toffee-Tastic sells for $6/box because of the increased cost of producing a gluten free cookie.
The other GSHOM cookies this season are Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, and Savannah Smiles. The Trefoils are a shortbread cookie in the shape of the Girl Scout Trefoil. Do-Si-Dos are an oatmeal sandwich cookie with peanut butter filling. Savannah Smiles are a lemon cookie covered in powdered sugar. They were introduced in 2012 for the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts. Unfortunately I have heard that this may be their last year. If you’re a fan of Savanah Smiles, you may want to stock up this year.
Girl Scout cookies offer a wide variety of cookies that can meet a number of dietary restrictions. (Note, please verify on the box if you have dietary issues)
- Vegan – Thin Mints (since 2015)
- Gluten Free – Toffee-Tastics
- Nut Free – Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, Girl Scout S’mores, Toffee Tastic
Girl Scout Cookies
Don’t forget to support your local Girl Scouts by shopping at their local booths. You can find booths using the Girl Scout Cookie Booths Locator.
My favorite cookies are the Thin Mint and Samoas. Which Girl Scout Cookie is your favorite?