Girl Scout cookies sale coming to a sweet close in March

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Girl Scout cookies sale coming to a sweet close in March

by: Dave Goodman | .
Stripes Japan | .
published: February 28, 2016

Girl Scout Troop 118 members, Grades 6-12, volunteer their afternoons to continue the iconic annual cookie sale. Pictured above at the Yokota Air Base east shoppette are Girl Scout Cadettes Alyssa Goodman, Susanna Cox, and Sophia Middlebrook.

“I volunteer my time selling Girl Scout cookies to learn how to run a business by talking to customers, taking money, making change, and earning money to support my troop's goals,” said 7th Grader Susanna Cox, a Girl Scout for the last four years. “I plan to be a Girl Scout until I graduate high school…I want to earn the Gold Award before I finish 12th grade.”

When people buy Girl Scout Cookies, they’re helping Girl Scouts make their community a better place as they prepare for a more successful future and learn the “5 Skills” known as, Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills, and Business Ethics.

“The girls have grown in their confidence when it comes to talking to customers,” said the Troop 118 Leader, Debbie Goodman, who has seven years of experience in Pennsylvania, Texas, and now in Japan. She began with her daughter in Kindergarten as a Daisy, who then became a Brownie, advanced to Junior, and is now a Girl Scout Cadette. “The whole process is about learning how to run your own business…before the sale began, we discussed best-selling practices, they made their own signs, and they set an overall sales goal so they could earn enough to take a trip to Tokyo Dome and to send at least 50 boxes of cookies to deployed service members.”

According to, “The sale of cookies as a way to finance troop activities began as early as 1917, five years after Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouts in the United States, when the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project. In 1936, the national Girl Scout organization began the process of licensing the first commercial bakers to produce cookies that would be sold nationwide by girls in Girl Scout councils. In 1951, Girl Scout Cookies came in three varieties: Sandwich, Shortbread, and Chocolate Mints (now known as Thin Mints).”

“We have about 80 Girl Scouts under the auspices of Yokota Girl Scouts, which includes a small new troop at Hardy Barracks,” said Eric Warner, the West Pacific USA Girl Scouts Overseas Committee Chair at Yokota for the last two years. There are almost 800 Girl Scouts in Japan now at all of the major military bases who established their roots in the country back in 1951. “Whether you want to try new things, make new friends, explore new cultures, or adventure in the outdoors, Scouting opportunities abound for kids, their parents, and anyone who wants to volunteer here at Yokota Air Base and Japan-wide,” said Warner. Yokota has seven active troops ranging from Kindergarten through 12th Grade.

There are eight varieties of cookies to choose from this year in Japan which sell for $4 a box, or ¥500, including the very first gluten-free Girl Scout Cookie for $5 a box, or ¥600--the Troop keeps over 27% of the proceeds. Contact or search "Yokota Girl Scouts" on Facebook for more details about Girl Scout Cookies or Scouting in general.

Girl Scout Cookies will be available at Yokota through the end of March, or while supplies last. So, don’t procrastinate or you may end up Girl Scout cookieless, there is only about 10% of this year’s stock remaining.

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