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    Girl Scout structure, rules, and financing are completely different than BSA. The BSA works as it does because their methods have been successful over the years. It really doesn't matter what the Girl Scouts do; what the Cub Scouts do works for well *them* and has been working well for them for over a century. They feel that selling is a useful skill to promote; I agree with them, and the option to pay the bill in another way is there for those who disagree. You seem to be contradicting yourself about being anti-selling on principle, while still promoting the GS way of raising money (selling something else - cookies). Or maybe you just don't like the taste of popcorn? Either way, it sounds more and more like an apology for deadbeat parents who don't want to teach their sons to contribute to the support of the pack, but I may be misreading that.

    I'm not sure what inclusivity has to do with the principle of selling popcorn and paying one's fair share, but boy scouts have chosen not to be all-inclusive, and that's their right also. All troops (GS and BSA) have expenses, and those expenses have to be met in some way. BSA has chosen popcorn proceeds or direct payment by parents to meet those expenses. Like I said, pick one payment method and pony up.

    QUOTE=CrazyMom;177307]According to the Girl Scouts of the United States of America website, approximately 70% of the proceeds stays in the local Girl Scout council to provide a portion of the resources needed to support Girl Scouting in that area, including a portion that goes directly to the troop/group selling the cookies. The balance goes directly to the baker to pay for the cookies.

    I pay $4.00 for a box of cookies. Girl Scouts get to keep $2.80. (some money goes to the girls who sell, some to the local council) Only $1.20 is paid to cover the manufacturer and special labeling. (Girl Scout cookies are made by Kelloggs, but they don't say Kelloggs on them....they say GIRL SCOUT COOKIES.....what a shocking concept, no?)

    Why are the Girl Scouts SO much smarter than the Boy Scouts about fair business practices, ethical treatment of participants, respect for constitutional freedoms and civil rights?

    Why can't the Boy Scouts be fair, inclusive and smart with their money.....like the Girl Scouts?

    I hope those of you in Boy Scouts will ask these questions of your leadership.[/QUOTE]
    Last edited by reefgazer1963; 11-19-2014 at 06:32 PM.

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    Yeah um, you didn't even read the first post nor have you done you research. Here's the disgusting truth:
    At this time when the cookies were $4 a box the troop got a mere $.84 thats a mere 21% of the sale price (now that they're $5/box they still get 21%). So if Boy Scouts get 30%, by my math they're ahead 9%. Girl Scout cookies are not and never were made by Kelloggs, they're made by ABC Bakers (ABCsmartcookies.com). What the mom was saying is that the troop would be better off by her making a cash donation than spending more than 3 times the money buying popcorn, not that she's a teaching her son not to contribute. Shame on you for saying that anyone is a "deadbeat parent" for choosing to not participate in something she doesn't believe is a good fit for her. It's her son, her decision. You obviously know nothing about either organization and refuse to educate yourself. If you want to use your child to sell this stuff, we won't judge you as you've judged us. If you think Girl Scouts is smart with their money, explain why they are not transparent about the funds? Every box of cookies cost the same amount, wouldn't it be easier to just tell us exactly how much money from each box goes to the troop, council and overhead? That's what cookie buyers want to know, but instead we get ambiguity like "And guess what—100 percent of the money stays local! " (GirlScouts.org). What does that even mean? It could mean the council gets 99% and the troop gets 1% it could mean it's split 50/50. I know from experience the troop gets a little over $1. So, I could buy 10 boxes of 8 ounce cookies and spend $50 only $10 of which the troop would get or I could just donate $10 and save myself $40, accomplishing the same thing. I also know that at the end of cookie season the council sells cookies to troops for $3 a box, but makes the troop sell them for $5. This means at $3 a box they STILL make profit. So why not do that all the time seems like it's in the girls best interest. And really does anyone believe this is teaching them entrepreneurship skills?! Then why hasn't GS published any facts about how many of their members go on to become successful entrepreneurs? It is a guise. Who needs to be an entrepreneur when little girls can aspire to be the CEO of Girl Scouts and make nearly $400,000 a year according to the New York Post?(She) Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts doesn't give us a dollar amount for a reason, because nobody would buy the stuff if they knew the harsh and disappointing reality. 😱

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