Did you know Girl Guides of Canada sell over 5.5 million boxes of cookies every year? We, the Habours District (Sooke) Girl Guides, are no exception. Twice a year, you’ll see girls of all ages in uniform all over Sooke, fundraising for camps, crests, and crafts.
We often hear people commenting on the price of our cookies, particularly after it increased from $4 a box to $5 last year. But what happens to the money? After you’ve taken the cookies off our hands, 36 per cent ($1.80) pays for the cost of making the cookies at DARE, a nut-free facility. We use the other $3.20 for events, meetings, and large-scale activities. We had the pleasure of attending SOAR when it took place in Agassiz, a province-wide, week-long Girl Guide camp involving 2,000 girls. It’s one of our favourite Guiding memories, with amazing activities, such as water sliding, visits to agricultural businesses, and rock climbing, and involved people from all over B.C. and the world. It would never have been possible without cookie money.
Guiding has given us life-long skills such as leadership, communication, teamwork, responsibility, and camping and cooking skills. It’s also given us confidence, friends and memories that will last a lifetime.
As a massive, volunteer-run organization, Girl Guides could not function without cookie sales. 135,000 members across Canada owe their experiences to your continued support and appetites! Cookies will be available for purchase beginning March 25. Our semi-annual cookie blitz will be happening on April 6 and 7, so keep an eye out.
Kayla Curtis, 16 and Maryna Ell, 15
Ist Sooke Rangers
Harbours Ditrict Girl Guides