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.