Girl Scouting is a wonderful thing. There are so many positives about it. Girls get to experience many activities that they wouldn't otherwise participate in, and they learn responsibility and leadership skills. My girls (4th graders plus a tag-along 1st grader) love arts & crafts. Even when they get frustrated or have the attention span of a gnat, they still love arts & crafts. Unfortunately, though we try to do things as cheaply as possible (Can you say, "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!"?), experiences and crafts cost money. That's why we sell GS cookies. It's our big fundraiser. We get to keep $0.60 for every box we sell, and I can tell you that all those 60¢ really add up!
There are all kinds of rules regarding individual sales (where scouts go door to door, or their parents put up order forms at work) and booth sales. For the latter, you can sell only within your service area only near businesses that the Service Unit Cookie Manager has set up only on certain dates at certain times. The rules make sense, and we've been blessed in past years to have 20 businesses say that we can set up our booths in front of their stores.
This year, however, only FIVE businesses have given permission. Five. That's it. I don't know how we're going to be able to hold enough booths to sell enough cookies to have our 60¢ add up to cover all the events and crafts we have planned for the remainder of the year. I just don't want to have to ask parents for anything more. I don't think that we're even going to make the $25/girl fee for our overnight at the Lighthouse in April much less an end-of-year event, and not because my girls aren't willing to work for it -- They are! -- but because they don't have the opportunity.
All of which means that if cookie sales are as grim as the predictions would indicate, I'm going to have to hold a meeting to think of other fundraisers. And Girl Scouts has a ton of rules on what you can and can't do...