Teaching girls the lessons of a lifetime, Girl Scouts has been in our country 100 years started by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, GA. Utilizing resources wisely is one of those guides they use to teach girls to take care of the earth.
What was one Council in the Inland Empire of California thinking when they bulldozed left-over cookies into a landfill? This is not utilizing resources wisely. As a lifelong Girl Scout I am appalled at this behavior and the fallout that has resulted to one little girl because she brought this to our attention.
This is not a hoax as some have stated on FB and twitter, this is a real life situation and one that needs to stop!!!! I know how the sale runs, I directed the sale for a Girl Scout Council when I worked as professional staff. I know what we did with left over cookies and we never put them in a landfill.
This is not a cookie company problem as some have hinted. This was the council who made the decision to put them into the landfill and now they are embarrassed and told the girl she could not contact anyone in her troop due to this scandal. What lesson is this council now teaching to this child? Don’t tell the truth, because you will be in trouble!
Shame on that council for hurting a child due to their mistake. This is not what Girl Scouting teaches. Councils are self regulating and have boards that make decisions and staff who know the right things to do. If I were on that board, I would investigate this and celebrate this child’s honesty in bringing this mistake to light.
This particular council did not do the right thing, but let’s not hurt all Girl Scout Councils for their mistake. Many are operating correctly. Girls Scouts USA needs to step in and send a team to investigate this. Making the girl, whistleblower, quit is not the solution.
Operation Gratitude in Van Nuys, CA ships many care packages to our troops over 600,000 and they would take any left-over cookies for our troops if they have not expired. I have helped to pack these and what goes in are messages from home and love from homemade hats and scarfs needed in the frigid cold. Anything else like movies and Girl Scout cookies are always welcome from people who can supply a large quantity.
13200 Girl Scout cookie boxes destroyed this is one of the news stories run about
this waste from this one council. Not all Girl Scout Councils do this, this is an isolated incident and we must not link the whole organization with one council’s grievous error in judgement.
Here is another link to her story http://www.allparenting.com/my-life/articles/967219/fundraising-effort-with-the-girl-scouts-turns-into-a-battle.
- Why Were 13,000 Boxes Of Girl Scout Cookies Sent To A Landfill? (consumerist.com)
- 13,000 Boxes of Fresh, Unsold Girl Scout Cookies Crushed and Sent to a Landfill (shoppingblog.com)
- 13,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies wasted (upi.com)
- 13,000 Boxes Of Perfectly Delicious Girl Scout Cookies Were Sent To The Landfill (laist.com)