Last weekend, the living room and entrance hallway to Pam Wilder’s Crescent City home were overtaken by more than 1,200 cases of cookies.
And not just any cookies. It was more than 14,000 boxes of your favorite Girl Scout cookie.
That’s right — it’s Girl Scout cookie season. Wilder is Crescent City’s Girl Scout Cookie Program Manager, thus each year she receives the massive delivery to dole out to the nine local troop leaders on “go day” Feb. 10. Expect to see pop-up tents at a business near you this weekend.
“An amazing piece people miss is this is the Girl Scouts’ biggest program for fundraising and is also the biggest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world,” Wilder said.
The selection of returning cookies include:
“The biggest, most exciting new cookie this year is the Lemon-up,” Wilder said. “It’s a lemon cookie with lemon glaze on bottom. So refreshing, so good.”
She added there are eight different sayings on the containers, including “I’m a go getter,” “I’m a leader” and “I am gutsy.”
Wilder said her own two daughters will be joining the sales fray, which helps to fund many aspects of the Girl Scouts’ programs.
“It’s raising funds so Girl Scouts can do amazing things, like going to camp. Plus so many entrepreneurial elements are taught to girls like money management, running a business, learning what customers want and public speaking and interacting with people on a personal level,” Wilder said.
In preparation for cookie season, Wilder said the scouts have weekly or bi-weekly meetings to teach them how do to make change and other money skills they’ll need for the rest of their lives.
“It’s pretty amazing to me,” she added.
To find the nearest sales booth to you, Wilder said to go online to www.ilovecookies.org and enter your zip code. It will share where the nearest cookie sales booth is and what dates it operates.
Wilder explained in addition to the pop-up tent sales, there’s a big emphasis at council on technology.
“People still like going door-to-door, but there’s a big push for online sales. If girls are local, they can choose to create an online store then make in-person, ‘girl deliveries.’ This makes sure customers have what they need and get their delivery. Out of towners can also support Girl Scouts and get theirs shipped to them,” Wilder said.
She added community members also have the option of donating boxes of cookies should they not want them for themselves. They are then donated to local food banks and the military.
“In the past, we have donated to the Veteran's Food Pantry as well as the Coast Guard Auxiliary,” Wilder said.
She added that all of the profits from the cookie program stay local — whether it’s in troop proceeds, “girl rewards” or council services. Last year, troops in Del Norte County averaged more than $1,400 in profits per troop. Sales go through March 15.