Good Question: Where Does Girl Scout Cookie Money Go?

WCCO | CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – This Saturday, the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys will start its annual cookie sales fundraiser.

Last year, the 41,000-strong Girl Scouts River Valleys council sold 4.3 million boxes and brought in $17 million.

Each girl sold an average of 146 boxes.

“I can learn how to sell things and operate a small business basically,” said Girl Scout Sarah Albert of Brooklyn Park.

Last year, Sarah sold 1,300 boxes.

In 2012, the cost of one box jumped to $4 after staying steady at $3.50 for nine years. Jolene Ross, a communications specialist with the Girl Scouts River Valleys, says the scouts break down exactly where that money ends up every year.

“After paying to actually have these cookies baked by our baker, it stays here,” Ross said.

She says the local chapters don’t receive any money from the national group and must fund themselves. Up…

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