Girl Scout Cookie Deliveries Delayed Because of Weather - Local Businesses Asked to Host Booth Sales to Support Girl Scouting
MECHANICSVILLE, VA – February 19, 2014 - Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia (GSCV) today announced that Girl Scout cookie deliveries have been delayed due to the winter weather that has hit central Virginia this past week.
Hundreds of troops were forced to pick up more than 100,000 boxes of cookies directly from area warehouses after their deliveries were cancelled because of the bad weather. This could translate to a loss of nearly $300,000 for girl programming in central Virginia because troops had to cancel booth sales and customer deliveries because of the snow. Not only is this lost revenue for the troops and the council, it means troops could be sitting on hundreds or even thousands of boxes of cookies that they were supposed to sell at a booth sale this past weekend.
The cookie sale is a vital part of the Girl Scout organization. Selling cookies teaches goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—aspects essential to leadership, to success, and to life. The Girl Scout Product Sales Programs are part of the National Program portfolio which is designed to help girls develop as leaders and build confidence by learning new skills.
“We were very disappointed that the winter weather delayed cookie deliveries and the first weekend of booth sales in the community,” said Mary Palmer, former GSCV board member and current service unit product manager for Swift Creek. “I hope that getting the word out there to the general public about these delays will encourage folks to lend a helping hand however they can.”
How can you help, you ask? Area businesses interested in hosting the girls for indoor booth sales are asked to fill out this form so that GSCV may contact you to set up booth sales. You can also stop by a booth sale by visiting the Cookie Locator, www.cookielocator.littlebrownie.com or download the Cookie Locator app on your smartphone.
“We want to engage the area that we serve by providing the opportunity for individuals and businesses to partner with Girl Scouts in central Virginia. GSCV’s goal is to support our girls in their development of financial literacy and business skills,” said Viola O. Baskerville, CEO, Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia. “Local booth sales are a vital part of teaching girls the five skills necessary for success in their daily lives, as well as a critical component for a successful product sales season in today’s environment.”