By Judie Steeves
After nine years at the same price, a box of Girl Guide cookies will increase by a buck this year, but the money goes to programming for girls as well as higher costs for the ingredients and distribution.
Members of Girl Guides of Canada—sparks, brownies, guides, pathfinders and rangers started selling the classic sandwich cookies over the weekend, and will continue until the middle of April.
As well as going door-to-door, the youngsters will be selling cookies on weekends at a variety of locations throughout the Central Okanagan.
Jennie Hill, Monashee area adviser, says it’s a sign of spring when local girls begin selling the popular cookies again to raise funds for programs and camping.
The organization says it plans to hold the price for a box of cookies at $5 for the next six years.
That price was selected following a survey of more than 1,000 consumers in 2010. Results indicated that more than 80 per cent of Canadians were willing to pay that price for a box of the cookies and only 4.3 per cent said they did not buy them because there were too expensive.
Locally, cookies will be available in Kelowna at Rona this Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m., and April 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Girls will also be selling them at Future Shop and London Drugs this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and again on Sunday and London Drugs.
They will be at both Save-On Foods stores Sun., Apr. 1 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sat., Apr. 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and at the Marketplace IGA in Glenmore those days as well as Mon., Apr. 2 from 4 to 8 p.m.
You can buy them also from the girls at Mission Park Mall Sun., Apr. 1 and Sat., Apr. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at Canadian Tire every weekend in April, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In Lake Country, girls will be at the Lakewood Mall Apr. 7 and 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In Peachland, they’ll be available Mon., Apr. 2, from 5:15 to 7 p.m. at the Peachland IGA; and in West Kelowna, they’ll be available this Saturday and Sunday, then Sat. through Mon., Apr. 7 through 9 and Saturday and Sunday the next weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Save-On Foods, Canadian Tire, both Tim Horton’s, both Starbucks, Winners and at Walmart this weekend and Apr. 14 and 15.
Girl Guides of Canada has 90,000 members across the country. Since 1910, it has offered girls opportunities to discover new interests and learn leadership skills. Members can explore, speak out and take action on the issues they care about in their communities and around the world.