For the third year running, Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council celebrates a record breaking cookie sale. This year the girls, with the help of thousands of cookie moms and dads, leaders and volunteers, delivered an amazing 2,224,128 boxes of Girl Scout cookies. The per girl average was 294.5 boxes, making San Gorgonio the number one council for all ABC Baker councils.
Sales incentives for the girls were also the most generous in the nation, with four of our Girl Scouts heading to Washington DC for the Rock the Mall song festival in June. It's an all-expense paid trip for the four top selling girls and a parent or guardian. Trip winners, who each sold over 4,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, are Caroline Biggs from Troop 364, Naomi Jefferson-Glipa from Troop 77, Brynn Stephens from Troop 593 and Caitlin Loret from Troop 1114.
Caitlin made waves this year with a breathtaking 6,219 boxes! She broke her personal record by 2,168 boxes and became San Gorgonio Council's top seller for a second consecutive year. Caitlin's intense focus kept her a full 2,088 boxes above the competition.
Last year Caitlin traveled to Richmond, Virginia with three members of her family to visit ABC Bakery, where San Gorgonio's Girl Scout cookies are baked. She enjoyed a tour of the facility, had lunch with the General Manager and discussed strategies for another successful sale. We can only guess what strategies Caitlin devised on that trip that sent her skyrocketing to the top.
This year's second top seller was Brynn, who sold an amazing 4,131 boxes, followed by Naomi and Caroline who both became the 2012 third top sellers with 4,001 boxes each.
While it is an incredible achievement for any Girl Scout troop to sell close to 4,000 boxes, it takes a Herculean effort for a single girl to do so. Yet, this year the San Gorgonio Council has four awe-inspiring girls with insurmountable work ethic, energy, dedication and sparkle. The term "sparkle" is used in Girl Scouting to describe the attitude, behavior, and presence a Girl Scout exudes when following the Girl Scout Promise and the Girl Scout Law. Sparkle is best noticed in challenging situations, such as the cookie sale or while earning a Girl Scout Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.
The overall incentives results for the entire council are equally impressive, with 7,244 girls taking home bracelets at the 50 box level. At 100 boxes, 6,371 girls earned jewelry boxes and 1,784 girls reached Walk-Abouts at 200 boxes. The Walk-About level pays for a girl's 2013 membership.
Last weekend, 722 Girl Scouts who sold 750 boxes or more celebrated their achievement at Cali Girl, a two-day stay at the Disneyland Hotel and Resort that included Park Hopper passes for Disneyland and California Adventure, awards brunch, room at the Disneyland Hotel, $100 card for food and face-painting, tickets for the World of Color nighttime water spectacular, and a Cali Girl swag bag.
This year, 160 girls earned a weekend trip to Camp Catalina, the incentive for selling 1,250 boxes and 18 iMacs, top-of-the-line Apple computers, are going home to Girl Scouts who sold 3,000 boxes.
And just think, all incentives are cumulative, so the girls get every award from the bracelet through to the trip to Washington, D.C., depending on their total number of boxes sold.
Girl Scouts honor the women and men in uniform, and help those in need here at home, with the ICare program. This year, generous San Gorgonio cookie customers donated 146,089 boxes of cookies.. ICare Packing Parties were hosted by the Council on March 27 at several area locations, and 755 local Girl Scouts and their family members volunteered to pack ICare boxes for our troops, writing thank you cards and decorating banners to be included in the packages that will be traveling overseas.
The Cookie Program helps girls develop their entrepreneurial, business, service and leadership skills that will last a lifetime. With each box she sells, a girl engages the world with her own unique sparkle and personality. The foundation of this entrepreneurial program is to teach the girls that they can achieve any goal they choose to set for themselves.
This year saw more incentive levels than ever before, providing thousands of girls with the opportunity to set personal goals and achieve their dreams.
Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio builds girls of courage, confidence and character who help make the world a better place.
To find out how you can get involved with Girl Scouts, either as a volunteer or member, call 1-800-400-GIRL (4475) or visit us online at www.girlscoutssangorgonio.org.
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