Girl Scouts new fundraiser!!

Posted on: Mon, 06/18/2001 - 4:00pm
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I received some interesting information at a girl scout leadership meeting tonight.

The Girl Scouts have basically two big fundraisers a year: selling cookies and calendars. Well we all know how profitable the cookie selling is but the calendar sales have not been so hot. So for next year they are dropping the calendar sales and selling nuts instead!

I thought this was quite interesting especially since just a couple of days ago I posted about girl scouts now having a food allergy patch.

I live in the San Diego area and they are for sure doing the nut selling in my area. The sale will take place around the middle to the end of November.

What do people think of contacting Girl Scouts to let them know how disappointing this decision is? Maybe I will look for a link.

Linda

Posted on: Mon, 06/18/2001 - 4:33pm
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I just looked up the girl scout website:
[url="http://www.gsusa.org"]www.gsusa.org[/url]
You can directly e-mail comments on their program to:
[email]program@girlscouts.org[/email]

Posted on: Tue, 06/19/2001 - 12:29am
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Last year I refused to sell the nuts. The gung-ho "nut mom" looked at me as if I was nuts! Oh well, too bad. I don't want them in my house.

Posted on: Tue, 06/19/2001 - 1:33pm
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Linda,
Last fall, we had a "nut/mag" sale in our area. The girls sold nuts and magazines. Of course, my daughter only sold magazines. I didn't realize that was just regional. I will check out the website. Thanks for the info.

Posted on: Tue, 06/19/2001 - 11:20pm
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While this pertains to school and not Guides, when our supposedly "nut-aware" school sold nuts 2 years ago I kept my PA kid home for the entire time they were on the school premises (which turned out to be almost 2 weeks).
Seems the company had told the fund-raising committee they were a peanut free plant and that almonds weren't nuts at all but members of the peach family (which technically IS true) and they bought it and decided it would be a great fund-raiser. I guess they missed the part on Taran's info sheet that hangs in the office where it stated he was allergic to almonds too! Maybe it was covered up by all the boxes of Chocolate almonds! Ha, ha!
Anyway, the point of all this is that it is entirely in your right to protest this sale and refuse to do it if your local Girl Guide chapter claims to be nut-free or nut aware, and I would voice it with a written complaint as well.

Posted on: Wed, 06/20/2001 - 5:30am
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As far as I know, each GS council makes its own decision about what fundraisers to do. All of them do cookies, of course, but they seem to be split between nuts & magazines for the other big one. Our council (in the D.C. area) does magazines & I always order more than any rational person should, just so I have done my part to preserve the magazine sale. We certainly would not participate in a nut sale either.

Posted on: Wed, 06/20/2001 - 5:56am
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For about a week, each year the Guides at my son's school sell cookies at the bottom of the steps leading to the schools. Every time we go up we are "strongly invited" to buy and often have a packet of peanut cookies flashed in front of our faces. It is a little like an obstacle course- a little too aggressive sales pitch I think. Since they sell after school, most kids take them home (and hopefully not back to school). I've taught my son to day "no thanks" and move on"
I don't have girls but would like to introduce the idea of the food allergy badge to some of the moms I know who run the guide groups at the school. It would be a great way to slowly move into "don't sell the peanut cookies here." I couldn't locate any information on the badge from the website-did anyone find any and a link?
I have found the scouts sales worse. They sell nuts and peanuts and often the nuts are everywhere! The parent I tried to address this with (this was not at school) was most abusive telling me her 2-year was allergic to milk, knew how to avoid it at all times and so should my son! Not a good image for the scout movement to present to the public.
Does anyone know if the scouts are planning a similar badge?

Posted on: Tue, 07/03/2001 - 10:37am
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i refuse to sell anything containing nuts. i have boy,cub and girl scouts plus the school fund raisers. i don't sell them for a few reasons:
1- if someone has a reaction (even if they didn't know they were allergic and knew it contained nuts) i would fell horrible knowing i sold someone something knowing it could kill.
2- i don't allow peanut products of any kind in my house so where would i put it between pick up and deliever.
3- i don't support anything that promotes anything that could end a life.

Posted on: Tue, 07/03/2001 - 2:16pm
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I have a son, so I don't worry about him selling the cookies or the nuts. However, I noticed this past year that ALL of the girl scout cookies have a peanut warning. I live in Tenn. and I know that the plants are regional. Just wondering if any other regions have a cookie run on the peanut free line.
Ginger

Posted on: Wed, 07/04/2001 - 12:42pm
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Sent in a note of my own to them about how disappointed I was. The mint cookies were not labeled with peanut warnings in New York, but we still didn't give them to our daughter because all the other ones were and we didn't call the company. It just didn't seem worth it.

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