The numbers are now in, and we are thrilled to announce that 2014 was the biggest cookie sale in the history of the council. Just over 17,600 Girl Scouts sold more than 3.2 million boxes of cookies throughout the 6-week cookie sale in central and northern Arizona. That’s a 9.9 percent increase from last year as a result of big changes to their sales model and generous Arizonans!
Here are some of the highlights from this year’s sale:
- Girls sold 3,242,713 boxes of cookies
- On average, each girl sold 184 boxes of cookies
- 20 girls sold 2,000+ boxes
- The top seller sold 5,002 boxes
- Thin Mints are still the top sellers! They received 34% of sales, followed by Samoas® at 24%, Tagalongs® at 16%, Do-si-dos® at 10%, Trefoils™ at 9% and Savannah Smiles® at 7%.
Where does the cookie money go...?
On top of individual and troop goals the girls set each year, GSACPC worked toward an extra special goal of raising enough money to build two cabins at Camp Sombrero in South Phoenix. Council proceeds from packages sold over 3 million were designated toward this goal which amounted to $555,800 dollars! So, the 2014 cookie sellers are now proud sponsors of the cabins. Go girls!
In addition, girls sold 106,003 boxes of cookies for Gift of Caring, a cookie donation program that allows customers to buy an extra box of cookies to help local Girl Scouts reach their goal, and give back to the community at the same time. Troops designated over 90,000 packages to causes dear to them, such as sending to military troops overseas. The remaining packages were distributed to council partners who serve those in need: St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, St. Vincent de Paul and USO Arizona.
The overwhelming success of this year’s cookie program was possible only with the support of our local community. Through Arizonans’ generosity and belief in Girl Scouts, our girl members will have the resources they need to develop into tomorrow’s leaders.