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Local Girl Scouts ready to deliver thousands of cookies
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Kelly Caldwell of Girl Scout Troop 1700 in Ripon is one of the local Girl Scouts who picked up boxes at the Mega-Cookie Drop event held Monday at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds (KRISTINA HACKER/The Journal).

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — no, not Christmas, it’s Girl Scout cookie time.

Local Girl Scout troops from across Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin counties descended on the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds on Monday morning to pick up their boxes of Thin Mints, Samoas, Do-si-does, Tagalongs and many other traditional and new cookie flavors to deliver to residents across the Valley as part of a Mega-Cookie Drop.

Girl Scouts started taking orders in January and on Monday, troops in the Heart of Central California division picked up a total of 111,024 packages of cookies to be delivered.

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Over 75 volunteers helped Girl Scout troops from across Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin counties pick up a total of 111,024 boxes of cookies Monday during the annual Mega-Cookie Drop event (KRISTINA HACKER/The Journal).

Kelly Caldwell of troop 1700 out of Ripon was one of the local Girl Scouts picking up boxes in Turlock.

“The key to selling Girl Scout cookies is to give them plenty of options,” said Caldwell, who sold 1,100 boxes of cookies last year.

She’s at 565 boxes of cookies this year, but her grand total could easily double because she has plans to sell additional cookies at booths that will set up in front of different businesses around Ripon over the next few weeks.

Caldwell said that she makes sure to let people who may be on a diet — or just don’t like cookies (gasp!) — know about the Cookie Share program. This program allows customers to support local Girl Scouts by purchasing boxes of cookies that will be distributed by the Girl Scout Council to local military organizations and first responders.

Caldwell has been a part of Girl Scouts for five years and has earned a variety of patches, which are given to scouts for participating in different events, activities or programs. She earned another one Monday for being a media spokesperson during the Mega-Cookie Drop. Caldwell also earned patches for financial literacy, horse back riding, rock climbing, campouts and planting trees.

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Caldwell of Girl Scout Troop 1700 in Ripon has earned a number of patches over her 5-year tenure in Girl Scouts, including one for being a cookie drop spokesperson on Monday (KRISTINA HACKER/The Journal).

“My favorite part about being a Girl Scout is making new friends,” said Caldwell.

There were over 75 volunteers helping make the Mega-Cookie Drop run smoothly on Monday, with troops borrowing or renting trucks, trailers and vans to pick up their boxes of cookies.

Flerida Arias, vice president of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and External Partnerships for Heart of Central California Girl Scouts, said that the annual cookie drive is a great way to promote scouts in the community, while teaching valuable entrepreneurial skills to the girls.

“We’re really trying to engage our community partners to become aware of all the opportunities (in Girl Scouts)…Girl Scouts have really taken the lead in terms of leadership. The entrepreneur program is part of that, incorporating goal setting, leadership skills, public speaking, as you can see, and all of that is just sort of braided and has a combined effort where girls are confident, they’re courageous and they just have the character to go out into the world and make it a better place,” said Arias.

If you missed out on pre-ordering Girl Scout cookies, don’t worry you can still get your hands on a few boxes of the tasty treats. Cookie booth sales will be taking place at different locations in the community. To find a booth near year, go to:

This year’s cookie lineup includes: Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Trefoils, Toast-Yay!, Lemonades, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Adventurefuls and Gluten-free Caramel Chocolate Chip.


1917: Five years after Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouts in the United States, the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project.

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A Girl Scout sells cookies door-to-door, 1928.

1922: “The American Girl” magazine, published by Girl Scouts of the USA, featured an article by Florence E. Neil, a local director in Chicago, Illinois, including a cookie recipe that had been given to the council’s 2,000 Girl Scouts. She estimated the approximate cost of ingredients for six to seven dozen cookies to be 26 to 36 cents. The cookies, she suggested, could be sold by troops for 25 or 30 cents per dozen.

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Girl Scout Cookie box, 1930s.

1933: Girl Scouts of Greater Philadelphia Council baked cookies and sold them in the city’s gas and electric company windows. The price was just 23 cents per box of 44 cookies, or six boxes for $1.24. Girls developed their marketing and business skills and raised funds for their local Girl Scout council. A year later, Greater Philadelphia took cookie sales to the next level, becoming the first council to sell commercially baked cookies.

1935: The Girl Scout Federation of Greater New York raised money through the sale of commercially baked cookies. The group bought its own die in the shape of a trefoil and used the words “Girl Scout Cookies” on the box. 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.

1944: Because of sugar, flour and butter shortages during World War II, Girl Scout calendars replaced cookies until after the war.

1951: Girl Scout Cookies came in three varieties: Sandwich, Shortbread, and Chocolate Mints.

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Girl Scouts show off their Girl Scout Cookie display, 1960.

1978: For the first time in history, all cookie boxes—regardless of the baker—featured the same designs and depicted scenes of Girl Scouts in action, including hiking and canoeing.

1998: Eight cookie varieties were available, including low-fat and sugar-free selections.

2000:  All cookies were kosher. And much to the excitement of the youngest Girl Scouts, Daisies started selling cookies.

2014:  Launch of the Digital Cookie platform. Digital Cookie takes the iconic cookie program digital and introduces Girl Scouts to vital twenty-first-century lessons about online marketing, app usage, and ecommerce. 

2016: Girl Scouts took the stage at the Academy Awards to sell cookies to Hollywood’s A-list.

2021: All Girl Scout Cookies are both kosher and Halal certified. There are vegan and gluten-free varieties too.