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Girl Scout Cookies available today

Date Posted: 2008-01-11

In the beginning, girls baked their own cookies.

Beginning today, girls in uniform are in front of commissaries and AAFES BX/PX and Shoppettes, selling some of the world’s most delicious cookies. They’re Girl Scouts, and this is their very special time of the year.

Girl Scout cookies are an annual American tradition that many look forward to each year. Assisting the Girl Scouts Overseas in bringing this tradition to their Girl Scout troops in the west pacific is one of the many ways AAFES assists in supporting morale of US military family members overseas.

Cookies go on sale, island wide, today, January 11th. Troops will be set up ready to hone their marketing and sales skills while providing you with the cookies you love so much. Keep an eye out for them at your Base exchanges, commissary or shoppettes. If you don’t see cookies for sale near you, please contact the Girl Scout office at 645-2323.

Girl Scouts have long developed their entrepreneurial and public-speaking skills while earning money for special events and projects, and for supplies, equipment maintenance, and facilities. Long before Girl Scouts contracted with commercial bakers, Girl Scout cookies were originally baked in family kitchens, with mothers volunteering as technical advisers to their daughters.

The earliest written mention of a cookie sale was that of the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, which baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project in December 1917. The first Girl Scout council sale of commercially baked Girl Scout cookies was in Philadelphia in 1934. In 1936, Girl Scouts of the USA licensed the first commercial baker. For 2007-08, there are two bakers licensed to make Girl Scout cookies; ABC/Interbake and Little Brownie Bakers.

Here in the West Pacific, ABC is the Girl lScouts’ cookie company, and they provide eight varieties of Girl Scout cookies; Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Shortbread, Caramel deLites® ,Peanut Butter Patties®, Lemonades®, Thanks-A-Lot™ and new this year, Cinna-Spins® – Five 100 calorie single-serving packs.
AAFES has coordinated the ordering and shipping of Girl Scout cookies to the west pacific since 1995, to further support MWR.

Cookies are ordered in advance, and AAFES reviews the order and provides logistical support through routing and carrier information to ship the cookies to the west coast distribution center. The cookies are then loaded onto containers, and arrive at the PAC warehouses. From there, they are distributed to each location; Courtney, Foster, Kadena and Kinser.

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