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Girl Scout Cookies: Where and When You Can Buy Them In El Cerrito

Girl Scouts will be out in force starting Sunday with boxes of peanut butter, mint, berry and other cookies to sell.

Are you ready for some Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties and Savannah Smiles?

It's that time of year again.

Today is National Girl Scout Cookie Day and, starting Sunday, Girl Scouts will be in neighborhoods and in front of businesses, asking if you'd like to buy a box of cookies.

The Scouts will be selling cookies in El Cerrito from Feb. 10 to March 17. You can use this locator along with your zip code to find out when and where.

The Girl Scouts will sell 11 types of cookies this year. Girl Scout cookies were first sold in 1917, five years after Juliette Gordon Low started the non-profit organization.

Scout leaders say the cookie sales not only raise money for the organization, but also teach girls how to run their own business.

Ira Sharenow February 08, 2013 at 07:29 PM
A number of computer firms have been in the news recently because they are compelling their overseas factories to use higher ethical standards. Does the Girl Scout Cookies business maintain high ethical standards? Below are some interesting stories. https://www.change.org/petitions/girl-scouts-of-u-s-a-commit-to-use-ethical-cocoa-in-your-cookies A call into the Girl Scouts’ bakers said only that they buy their cocoa on the “open market” -- a market often flooded with the products of exploited kids. http://www.annarbor.com/news/slave-labor-and-thin-mints-two-renegade-girl-scouts-are-asking-the-question/ Child labor, orangutans and Thin Mints: Two renegade Girl Scouts raise questions about palm oil used in popular cookies Two renegade Girl Scouts are raising questions about whether iconic treats like Thin Mints are linked via palm oil to slave and child labor in Southeast Asia. Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva, who are sophomores in Ann Arbor, stopped selling Girl Scout cookies in 2007 after they began working on a public service project to bring attention to the plight of endangered orangutans in Borneo. The animals live in the rainforests that the cultivation of palm oil destroys. Vorva says the U.S. Department of Labor’s List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor in 2010 linked palm oil produced in Indonesia with child labor, and within Malaysia, with forced labor. The majority of the world's palm oil comes from these countries.
Kathy A. February 08, 2013 at 08:12 PM
YAY! It's cookie season!! I saw cookie locations listed in Albany and Berkeley, and hope there are cookies at markets in EC, too! And/or that someone can offer contact information, so that we can order cookies. Ira -- good for the girls, looking into what is behind the cookies, and working to make changes. Careful thought and decision-making are definitely qualities advanced by GSA. This is the major fundraiser for an organization that I support, so I will be buying cookies as usual this year. Especially Thin Mints, enough for a stash in case of emergencies during the non-cookie season. Things happen every year, you know? And Thin Mints are a family tradition -- good for celebrations, losses, and times of stress. Excellent for college or overseas care packages. Very effective in deepening bonds with co-workers. They store well in the freezer, or in hiding places (such as a locked filing cabinet -- under the mattress is no good).
Ira Sharenow February 08, 2013 at 10:51 PM
February 12 is Lincoln’s birthday, so I decided to take a look at a few amendments of the United States Constitution. This is what I found. Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirteenth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution Sol if some of the ingredients in Girl Scout cookies were picked by slaves, what lesson does that teach Girl Scout members?
Kathy A. February 09, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Seriously? You are blaming local Girl Scouts for slavery, Ira? Have you looked into what Target or the local grocery stores sell? I am not going to punish local girls doing good things. But thank you for bringing a larger perspective.
Ira Sharenow February 09, 2013 at 02:50 AM
Kathy, I presented local Girl Scouts with a business opportunity. I pointed out that Apple, after some pressure, improved the working conditions of its overseas workers. Girl Scouts in other parts of the country have raised the slavery issue with the national office. Businesses compete on the quality of the products sold, price, service, and also on public relations issues. In the Bay Area working conditions is an important issue. This is supposed to be a learning experience for the girls. My hope was to broaden the perspectives of potential future business owners. As far as local stores, I did check out El Cerrito Natural Foods, and I feel they are making an effort to attain to a high standard of corporate citizenship.
John Stashik February 09, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Ira, you grump, have a cookie. Don't blame Girl Scouts for the problems of the world.
Ira Sharenow February 09, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Except that I did not blame them. Quite to the contrary I presented an opportunity for them to work against slavery, as some Girl Scouts and other corporations are already doing.
Kathy A. February 09, 2013 at 07:04 PM
In context, Ira, I respectfully disagree. First of all, you are bringing up concerns -- and going on about *slavery* -- in response to the announcement that the GS cookie sales have begun. It is reasonable to interpret that as a condemnation of the sellers. Second, the concerns about whether two ingredients might involve child or slave labor are potentially applicable to a lot of cookies and chocolate that are commercially available. This is not a GS-specific set of concerns. The Daisies selling Thin Mints outside the Safeway have nothing to do with that. The Thin Mints do not differ substantially from commercial cookies offered inside the Safeway, except that they are more delicious -- and they support this fabulous organization. Third -- and this is an important point -- it advances the objectives of Girl Scouts when *older scouts* take on projects for the greater good, such as questioning whether ingredients in the cookies are ethically obtained. Go, girls! But when some guy on the internet (who, so far as I can tell, has no involvement in Girl Scouts) starts lecturing the girls and potential cookie buyers about slavery -- you know, that is not the same thing as girls learning to think for themselves. Fourth -- this is also important -- the annual GS cookie sale IS NOT comparable to Apple's business operations. These are kids raising money for their groups, not a hugely profitable corporation.
Michael of Richmond February 10, 2013 at 04:09 AM
Everyone should calm down. I think it is important for the girls to sell cookies and raise money and equally important for them to be aware as well as effect change in a system which they participate They can then take a lead in the ethics of snack food. This is a win win. Lets expect a positive outcome.
Local Mom February 10, 2013 at 04:11 AM
According to the site the article links to, there are no sales planned in EC. So what is the point of running this generic article in EC Patch with this misleading headline?
Michael of Richmond February 10, 2013 at 06:00 AM
Of course there are GS cookie sales in El Cerrito. I am the father of one and picked up cookies today.
John Stashik February 10, 2013 at 06:07 AM
I buy my Girl Scout cookies in El Cerrito. This time I will buy more to make up for a preceding poster's rant against the cookies. Who couldn't like cookies?
CJ February 10, 2013 at 02:54 PM
That locator never works -- always says there aren't any sales in EC which is never true. Probably a good idea for the Patch to try out the link before posting it...
Ira Sharenow February 12, 2013 at 01:43 AM
Nice video and article http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/09/your-money/for-this-girl-scout-its-more-than-pushing-cookies.html?ref=your-money-email&nl=your-money&emc=edit_my_20130211&_r=0
John Stashik February 12, 2013 at 05:30 AM
Buy them IFO Pastime Hardware. They don't hate the Girl Scouts.

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