April 9, 2009
More than 9,000 Girl Scouts across the state proved skillful entrepreneurs in this tough economy by selling more than 1.3 million boxes of cookies during the 2009 Girl Scout Cookie Sale. The money raised will benefit individual Girl Scouts and their troops, as well as council programs such as the financial aid program for families, community-service projects, summer camp offerings, troop trips, educational opportunities for Girl Scouts and their leaders, program development and much more.
“People believe in the mission of the Girl Scouts and want to help the girls learn the entrepreneurial skills that are so much a part of the cookie program,” said Shelly Chenoweth, CEO, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. “We appreciate the hard work and dedication of the girls, volunteers, parents and staff members who made this year’s sale a success, and we couldn’t have done it without such terrific community support.”
For every 30 boxes of cookies sold, girls earn $10 worth of “Cookie Credits” that are commonly used to pay for summer camp activities. These credits make it possible for many girls to attend camps in June, July and August where they can participate in a variety of activities such as ride horses, perform in music theater, sail, swim, camp, canoe, play team sports, hike and explore science and nature.