• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
2m 12s

Changes to Girl Scout cookie program include price increase

By Heather Hintze 8:40 PM December 4, 2014

Big changes are coming to the Girl Scout cookie program in 2015.

Customers will be happy to hear there are two new flavors in the lineup: Rah Rah Raisin, an oatmeal cookie with Greek yogurt chunks, and Toffee-tastic, a gluten-free shortbread.

“Since there are two new cookies I think there are going to be a lot more sales because a lot of people are gluten-free and there’s a gluten-free cookie,” said Hannah DeHart.

The 13-year-old has been a Girl Scout for more than half her life so she knows the secret to selling.

“I think you just need to use your manners and explain why you’re selling and your goals,” Hannah said. “Then they’ll probably think over it a little more than if you just say,’Hi, I’m selling Girl Scout Cookies, would you like to buy some?’”

Her troop is raising money for a trip to Europe next year. Everything in the program costs a little more so to keep up with inflation the price of cookies is going up, too. This year, cookies will be $5 a box instead of $4. It’s the first price increase in 10 years.

“The activities the girls do have become more expensive and the cookies themselves have become more expensive in the shipment, bringing them up from the Lower 48,” explained Sue Perles, the CEO of Girls Scouts of Alaska. “So we’re raising prices now and we hope to keep them level for quite a long time.”

If you have a cookie craving and need to track down some Tagalongs, there’s an app for that. The “Cookie Finder” shows you where Girl Scouts are selling at booths set up at stores.

“We do mall sales a lot like at the local Fred Meyers and Safeway,” Hannah said.

Also new online this year, the Digital Cookie where girls can use the Internet to sell to people across the country. That won’t be the case in Alaska, though, because our state has opted out.

“This shipping charges that ended up in the national program were significant, well above normal shipping charges,” said Perles, who plans to work with the national chapter to make shipping more affordable for the Last Frontier.

The girls anticipate cookie sales will be up in Alaska, even without the Internet’s help. Last year 2,400 girls from Denali Park down to Southeast sold a total of 460,000 boxes.

Hannah said her personal goal is about 400. While she always has fun distributing the cookies, that’s not what she likes best about Girl Scouts.

“My favorite thing is that we go and get to take action in the community and help other people,” she smiled.

Latest Stories

  • Weather

    Hello spring? Anchorage may get 5 to 9 inches of snow overnight

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 28, 16:41

    The National Weather Service says Anchorage residents should expect between 5 and 9 inches of wet snow through Wednesday morning. The NWS issued a winter weather advisory that will be in effect from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 10 a.m. Wednesday. Watch the entire KTVA Weather forecast at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. “Periods of snow […]

  • Weather

    KTVA Weather Lab: Aquarian Charter School

    by Melissa Frey on Mar 28, 15:56

    In this week’s KTVA Weather Lab, I visited Aquarian Charter School in Anchorage, where the second and third graders in Ms. Sarah and Ms. Stacy’s classes have been tracking the weather all year. I also answered the question of the week: What do meteorologists do on an average day? Every Tuesday, Melissa Frey will take the KTVA […]

  • News

    Multiple agencies searching for missing seal hunter in Western Alaska

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 28, 15:38

    Last updated at 4:46 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28 Multiple agencies and search and rescue groups are working together to find a Newtok seal hunter who was reported overdue Monday morning. Alaska State Troopers received word that 59-year-old Tom John was overdue around 11:45 a.m., more than 24 hours after he left the village of […]

  • Politics

    Meet the candidates: District 5 – Seat I – East Anchorage

    by Daniella Rivera on Mar 28, 15:21

    KTVA invited every registered candidate running in the upcoming Anchorage municipal election to an on-camera interview at our studios to discuss the following topics: Balancing the budget Public safety Introducing new taxes Addressing homelessness in Anchorage Plans for the future We also asked each candidate to submit a 300-word biography, each of which has been […]

  • News

    Anchorage police respond to report of gunfire between 2 vehicles in Northeast Anchorage

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 28, 12:11

    Anchorage police officers were called to Northeast Anchorage Monday evening shortly before 7 p.m. after witnesses in the area reported hearing gunshots. One witness told the Anchorage Police Department that multiple shots had been fired between two vehicles near the intersection of 11th Avenue and Turpin Street, according to a release from APD spokesperson Renee […]

  • Sports

    GCI Great Alaska Shootout: Same tournament, different marketing strategy

    by Dave Goldman on Mar 28, 11:56

    This November, the GCI Great Alaska Shootout has a big anniversary — it turns 40. The tournament’s look has changed over the years. Now, University of Alaska Anchorage’s athletic director, Keith Hackett, is marketing it that way too. For decades the tournament featured some of the biggest programs in college basketball. But the days of the […]

  • News

    Trump signs order rolling back Obama-era environmental efforts

    by Associated Press on Mar 28, 11:42

    President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that will roll back many of former President Barack Obama’s efforts to curb global warming. The order is aimed at helping spur American energy jobs. The president signed the order at the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency. Trump says this is “the start of a new […]

  • Lifestyle

    Power outage leaves Juneau skiers dangling on chair lift

    by Associated Press on Mar 28, 9:29

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A weekend power outage at Juneau’s Eaglecrest Ski Area left 200 skiers temporarily dangling. The Juneau Empire reports three chairlifts that use power from Alaska Electric Light & Power shut down Sunday morning during an outage. Alaska Electric Light &Power spokeswoman Debbie Driscoll says a squirrel made contact with energized and […]