Open Houses and Special Deals for National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend!

The cookies are back in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, but that’s not the only exciting news -- this year, Girl Scouts of the USA declared February 7-9, 2014, to be National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend!

Every Girl Scout council around the country is gearing up for special events to celebrate the holiday. As the Girl Scout council that achieved the highest per-girl average number of boxes of cookies sold in 2013, the San Gorgonio Council is at the forefront of the celebrations.

Inland Empire cookie lovers are invited to join Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio at one of the four Service Center open house parties to be held in Redlands, Murrieta, Victorville and Palm Desert on Friday, February 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. These National Girl Scout Cookie Day celebrations are free and open to the public.

 Come enjoy the new Cranberry Citrus Crisps, complete with 9 grams of whole grains, before purchasing boxes from local Girl Scouts for your own cookie stash. Visitors can also buy the new Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread cookies; only a select twenty councils throughout the country sell these delicious new additions – and GSSGC is one of them!

Learn about the Cookie Entrepreneurial program and the five essential life skills girls develop from running their own businesses: money management, business ethics, goal setting, decision making and people skills.

On Saturday February 8 and Sunday, February 9 the celebrations continue with three brand-new drive-thru cookie kiosks, plus amazing deals from local businesses. Girl Scouts will be appearing at cookie booths conveniently located at neighborhood grocery and convenience stores. Until then, girls will be selling cookies in their neighborhoods, and among friends and family, and at booths during Super Bowl Weekend. Since last Sunday, January 26, Girl Scouts could be seen in their local neighborhoods greeting neighbors, selling cookies and educating the public about Girl Scouting.

Along with the general public, Girl Scouts themselves are encouraged to attend the open house celebrations and participate in “earn and learn” activities. All events are free to attend.

Adults, parents and girls interested in learning more about joining the Girl Scout organization are encouraged to attend information sessions on February 7. Any girl who registers on Friday of National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend will receive her first, free colorful patch commemorating the event.

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Dex February 07, 2014 at 02:51 PM
Sorry Girl Scouts....I am done with your cookies. With the ever escalating prices and the ever shrinking portions, they are just not a very good value anymore. I would much prefer to just give you a cash donation and call it a day.
Joseph Morabito February 07, 2014 at 04:41 PM
Dex, I agree with you. I did buy a box from my five year old niece (like I had a choice). I couldn't believe they were $4 for 6 ounces. I'd rather just donate five bucks and not have to bother with the cookies.
lotsahelp February 08, 2014 at 05:04 PM
I love the cookies! And while i am sad about the portions getting smaller it is probably better for my waistline. But I am sure it is a cost thing- I think the cookies have been $4 a box for some time. And please all who are selling watch out for local activist and avoid her at all cost! http://wildomarrap.blogspot.com/2014/02/local-activist-jumps-shark.html
LiLi February 09, 2014 at 12:04 AM
None for me thanks. Unfortunately for the girl scouts, their cookies are still made with GMO ingredients. The money they raise may go to a good cause but it might also be a risk to actually eat the cookies since GMO crops have not been proven safe for consumption. Before you buy, consider that there are other ways to support the girl scouts without purchasing their cookies. It's disappointing that with all the information available regarding the dangers of GMO's in food products, that the parents of the girl scouts still support selling them.
Dex February 10, 2014 at 11:08 AM
And if that partial list of "causes" is true, it makes me wonder who is running the show at the girl scouts....because these are causes which are political in nature, and have no business on the agenda for young little girls. But either way, the cookies are just not a smart choice anymore. They are far from a healthy choice, and only a miniscule amount of the proceeds actually go to the girls. If I feel the need to help out the girls, I would rather just make a direct donation....that way, they get 100% of the proceeds. Personally, I am tired of funding corporate America, and I find it shameful that the organization places these sweet little girls on the forefront to do their money grubbing for them. They used to tug on my heartstrings, but I have since grown immune to it.
southernbelle February 10, 2014 at 01:32 PM
we're all just puppets on a string and falling blindly into the greedy corrupt hands of dbl talking deceivers. it gets me angry!
Dex February 10, 2014 at 02:10 PM
Yes, very angry. I still get the last jab though, as I make my feelings known by not pulling out my wallet. I think that if more people were better armed with the facts, this cookie crusade would not be so profitable for the organization. Thanks for the info.
Mark Paxson February 11, 2014 at 11:50 PM
Dex ... maybe before you believe something a commenter says, you should ask for proof. Say, a few links to articles that support her allegations. Something remotely resembling facts as opposed to unsubstantiated allegations. "largest recipient of funds are Planned Parenthood and Taoist organizations". Pshaw.
southernbelle February 12, 2014 at 12:32 PM
so glad you asked, MAX. here's a list with at least 20 articles, all which have resources to follow even further if interested. Help yourself. http://speaknowgirlscouts.com/web_documents/resource_library_print2.pdf and more: http://www.lifenews.com/2011/05/18/new-pro-life-web-site-links-girl-scouts-with-planned-parenthood/ here's a twitter from GSUSA themselves, asking for other suggestions for pro-abortion speakers for their event. https://twitter.com/girlscouts/statuses/413413863988539392 not enough for you…just ask--there is ENDLESS upon ENDLESS sources to access. pshaawwww…wouldn't be a bother at all to provide you with more education so you can put your brain where your big mouth is. *winky winky*
Joseph Morabito February 12, 2014 at 12:47 PM
Belle, he asked for it and you delivered. Of course, the links you provided are like asking GLAD their opinion of Chick-Fil-A. How about reputable news sources that aren't agenda driven. Nothing better than listening to purists, you in this case, prattle on and make something out of nothing. I can't wait to ask my sister-in-law about the indoctrination that my, soon to be six year old, niece must be going through on the topics of being pro abortion and the promotion of casual sex —that you say she's getting from her GS troupe.
southernbelle February 12, 2014 at 01:13 PM
really--twitter was GSUSA themselves. what's not reputable about those sources? what the hell is a purist?? you're funny--judging a complete person based on one comment they've made. narrow-minded much?!! nothing worse than listening to idiots who just want to argue about anything (see several boards for reliable source) without even a semblance of clue regarding the issues at hand- just blab to hear themselves blab--you, in this case. BTW, dumbass, please show me where I said anything about the young girls being indoctrinated or taught pro-abortion or casual sex IN THEIR TROOP. On the contrary--I highly suspect the troops, troop leaders, and mothers know nothing about the pro-abortion agenda GSUSA and their affiliate WAGGGS support. rather than randomly popping off nonsense, how about defend your indignation over my allegations with ANY solid sources rebutting this, aside from your 6 yr old niece. waiting….
southernbelle February 12, 2014 at 01:15 PM
@PATCH--@Katherine Li, why was my original post reporting that GSUSA and it's affiliate WAGGGS supporting and funding Planned Parenthood, Pro-Abortion events and speakers removed?
Joseph Morabito February 12, 2014 at 01:32 PM
Belle, If I'm judging you, it's based on the body of your tin foil hat posts. You post nothing but hysteria laden babble. It must be fun to 'people watch' you when you hit high gear. _______________________________________________________ Oh, my bad, I missed the words from GSA stating: They promote Pro Abortion Agenda. That's how you've chosen to sum it up. You're the one with the problem, because you're a purist. If you need the aid of a dictionary to know what that means, avail yourself to such a resource. ______________________________________________________________ "BTW, dumbass, please show me where I said... " Go follow your links and read them this time. They're full of the same silliness that you keep littering the thread with. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "nothing worse than listening to idiots who just want to argue about anything" —in that case, I'm guessing you walk around with earplugs to avoid the dulcet tones of your own voice. ____________________________________________________________ They have a "Pro Abortion" agenda as much as you have a "lack of coherency" problem.... hmmm... upon further reflection... you may be on to something. ________________________________________________________ I have no need to rebut beyond these scant sentences... you posted poppycock, and I called you out on it. You can play "prove a negative" by yourself.
southernbelle February 12, 2014 at 02:43 PM
oh wait, I should probably give you this source also which is THE CEO of GIRLS SCOUTS OF AMERICA stating that they are involved with Planned Parenthood in order to "TO PROVIDE the girls sexual education." hmmmm…sounds like some pro-abortion INDOCTRINATION (I think was the word used above) might be a little at play here. I wonder why Girl Scouts feels they need to educate girls on anything to do with sex, abortion, contraceptives, etc??? Does anyone else think they are a little young for that? Not sure if this is only being done at the events they organize or if this indoctrination is happening within the troops. Again, I'd bet most mothers and troop leaders have no idea. Wendy Davis is also featured as a role model in one of their pamphlets; really, a role model-anyone know her history?! sad, pathetic, far-left baby murderers will stop at nothing to push their agenda's. Planned Parenthood was formed on revolting racist ideology and has progressed into a blanket of murderous abuse of humanity. way to sex educate and teach birth control--just suck the developing fetus out, limb by limb, in a grotesque display of sociopathic behavior. disgusting. lastly, JoM my same boundaries apply for you here as in the other and any future forum. troll me and my "purist" views-- *shrug* ---you and you're bitter spirit matter nothing to me.
southernbelle February 12, 2014 at 02:43 PM
Mark Paxson February 12, 2014 at 10:16 PM
Southernbelle ... I can't possibly respond to all of the misinformation and dishonesty you've spewed here, so I won't. I won't point out that your selective quoting from the video is intellectually dishonest. I won't point out that you have failed to substantiate your claim that a majority of Girl Scout funding goes to Planned Parenthood and Taoist organizations. I also won't point out that your penchant for intellectual dishonesty is shared by the sites you link to. What I will point out is this ... it seems that you and the sites you point to believe that any involvement with Planned Parenthood demonstrates support for abortion. In other worded, anybody who has any connection with the organization ... any connection whatsoever ... is essentially disgusting, a pig, an abortionist of the worst order. Did you know that only 3% of the services Planned Parenthood provides involves abortion? Do you think it's possible for people to support the other activities PP is involved in without being pro-abortion? I certainly hope you never voted for George W. Bush. You see, while he was President, although he cut off the use of federal funds for family planning activities overseas which resulted in a loss of funding for PP's international arm, he never once made any effort to cut off federal funds for family planning activities within the United States. In fact, several of his budgets included increases in funding for family planning activities and PP was a huge benefactor of those funds. PP, in fact, has probably received more federal funding, including during the Bush Administration than they got from virtually any other source. I wonder how many pro-life Republicans voted for those budgets, that included those funds. Are they also guilty of the horrors you ascribe to GSA? Careful, your intellectual dishonesty is already showing.
Mark Paxson February 12, 2014 at 11:48 PM
Here's another example of your intellectual dishonesty ... "here's a twitter from GSUSA themselves, asking for other suggestions for pro-abortion speakers for their event. https://twitter.com/girlscouts/statuses/413413863988539392" That's a direct quote from you. Oddly enough, if you go to the link that you posted, there is nothing there about GSUSA asking for "other suggestions for pro-abortion speakers for their event." They were looking for nominees for woman of the year and linked to HuffPo article that mentioned such possibilities as Beyonce, Wendy Davis, and Malala (the young Aghani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for having the gall to believe girls should receive an education). So, either you know you're lying or you have a reading comprehension problem.
southernbelle February 13, 2014 at 11:50 AM
oh Mark--I'm sorry, I didn't know posting on PATCH had to be a professional JOB! Where everything had to be so precise and perfect. I'm having a conversation not writing an essay for a college degree. Get over yourself! Plus, how do YOU know they are discussing the other options PP offers? How do you know that all the PRO ABORTION speakers they INVITE to speak at their events--and FUND politician WENDY DAVIS, isn't to push an agenda? I was wrong in my "quote" for the twitter. to everyone who read that particular post-- I sincerely apologize for my "intellectual dishonesty." I hope I have not ruined your life, and you didn't hold my words as golden truth--I am human and I made a mistake in my passion and rush to try to find quick links to solidify my thoughts. Had I had hours to spend I would've been more careful and thorough. I don't consider posting on PATCH my job--I consider it a fun place to converse with other people. O apologize for my terrible, sinful mistake. Forgive?" There--feel better Pax? I sure do. *whew--that's a load off*
southernbelle February 13, 2014 at 11:53 AM
ps--just so EVERYONE here knows and isn't sidetracked by professor perfectionist with his little red marking pen-- I am not alleging GSUSA only of being in bed with Planned Parenthood, I also allege they financially support PRO ABORTION activists and politicians. Thye have their hands in several pockets in the PRO ABPRTION world. Please do some homework, There are 100's of different articles, videos, you tubes, etc to access to make YOUR OWN informed decision. good day.
Mark Paxson February 13, 2014 at 11:54 PM
And there you have a perfect example of what is wrong with passes as "discussion" and political debate on places such as this ... you can post a rant that is full of half-truths, misrepresentations, and outright lies, and when challenged with your inaccuracies, pass it all off as just a comment, it's not like it's an "essay for a college degree." So, basically, your excuse is this ... since it's not for a grade, I can basically say whatever I want, accuracy and facts be damned. And when it's pointed out how inaccurate your comments are -- you're the victim. And your comment at 11:53 is more of the same ... you care nothing about accuracy and you keep proving it.
southernbelle February 14, 2014 at 11:53 AM
hey Mark--I have a belly button.
desertpatriot March 11, 2014 at 11:37 AM
hey mark--stay out of socal
Mark Paxson March 12, 2014 at 09:53 AM
Slowing down there, big fella.
desertpatriot March 19, 2014 at 10:04 PM
better still, eff off and die
Mark Paxson March 19, 2014 at 10:42 PM
Yes ... for the world to see ... because I disagree with desertsmudge, I should just "eff off and die." I know you'll never get this, but you continue to demonstrate that you're the problem, not me. Continue on.
Mark Paxson March 19, 2014 at 10:43 PM
By the way ... you are right about one thing ... the only reason I keep commenting on Redlands.patch.com is to goad you into continuing to demonstrate you idiotic you are. Stop demonstrating that and I'll stop commenting. It's up to you. It's not about stirring up controversy, it's all about giving you an opportunity to show how utterly without class you are. And you just keep stepping right into it.


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