Girls sell 2,000-plus boxes of Girl Scout treats
By Ruth Campbell
With nearly military precision, and many times a song on their lips, Jerica McGuire and Mykal Radney, both of Garden City, sold more than 2,000 boxes each of Girl Scout cookies this year.
Selling lasts from Feb. 2 to March 8. During that time, McGuire, 11, and Radney, 12, were out day and evening, in sometimes freezing conditions to meet their sales goal. The two will be rewarded with iPads, among other prizes. McGuire and Radney will plan to attend a banquet for girls who have sold 1,000 or more boxes of cookies at Starwood Girl Scout camp June 1 in Clearwater.
Radney said they tended "lots of cookie booths," stood outside Little Cesars, Golden Coral, truck stops, Dillons, Walmart, Sequoyah Cinema 8 and State Theatre and went door to door. Emails and social media were also employed, as were free samples. Radney said it was worth the $3.50 a box cost to sell even more.
In previous years, customers purchased their cookies by ordering them, paying for them and getting the treats sometime later. This year, Girl Scouts sold directly to the public, prompting many more girls to try their skills and creating more competition, McGuire said.
"Our motto was, 'What time is it? Cookie time!'" Jerica's mother, Laura said. The girls also sang songs, such as one to the tune of "She'll be Coming 'Round the Mountain," urging people to purchase their cookies before they were gone.
Sarah Radney, Mykal's mom, said their other slogan was "Failure is not an option." Both had help from family — Radney from her stepsister Kayla Brungardt of Ulysses and McGuire from her brothers, Josh and Kyle, both of whom are Boy Scouts.
"The thing is, they had crazy mothers — crazy mothers helping them," Laura McGuire said.
Laura McGuire said she purchased one case of cookies, and Radney, two cases. Although there was plenty of family backing, the majority of cookies wound up in the cupboards of community members. Cases cost $42 and 2,000 boxes translate to 167 cases.
"One guy bought 80 boxes. He would have bought more, but he promised another girl he'd buy from her," said Mykal, a cadet who has been a Girl Scout for six years.
Jerica, a junior in Girl Scouts, has been with the organization for three years.
The girls said they each learned to open up and talk to people and handle money. Laura McGuire said the girls also learned time management. Garden City is part of Girl Scout Service Unit 106, which includes Finney, Kearny and Hamilton counties. There are 338 Girl Scouts and 98 volunteers in the unit, which is part of Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland that covers 82 counties, Chandra Lay, membership, volunteer and program specialist for Girl Scouts in Garden City, said in a previous article. The council's was to sell 1.7 million boxes of cookies this year,
Each box of cookies costs $3.50, and the profits are divided up to help Girl Scouts operate. Girl and volunteer services gets 52 percent, or $1.82 per box, Girl Rewards and troop/service unit proceeds get 21 percent, or 72 cents, and the cost of sale is 27 percent, or 96 cents. So the girls not only benefit individually, they help their troops, Laura McGuire said.
Ora Swords leads three troops, including the ones Jerica and Mykal are members of. She said Jerica is working toward her Bronze Award, the third highest award in Girl Scouts, and Mykal is going for a Silver Award, the second-highest Girl Scout laurel. Jerica wants to send care packages to soldiers and Mykal wants to provide care packages to those taking care of someone who has been airlifted to the hospital.
Swords was sure both would reach their objective, noting both girls are go-getters. "I was not surprised at all. They were so out there. They did it (selling) after school; they did it on weekends," she said.
Mykal was confident she would meet her 2,000-box objective.
"Before I knew what the goal was, technically, I said I wanted to do 2,000," Myal said.
Jerica was less sure. "I did't think I would sell them. Before I only sold 750 (boxes)," she said.
Sarah Radney said her daughter "blew past" 1,000 boxes in the first week and a half. "It was the last thousand," that proved a challenge, she said.
"That last couple of weeks was really hectic," Laura McGuire said.
The other two girls who sold more than 2,000 boxes in Kansas are Sydnee Jackson of Independence who sold 2,023 boxes and Hallie Buckingham from Augusta who sold 2,048 boxes.