Girl Guide Cookies are on sale now in the lower mainland. Burnaby Mountain girls are busy selling them to family and friends, going door-to-door, and out in public at skytrain stations and other blitz locations.
Recently, the girls in the 24th Burnaby Mountain Brownies got geared up for Girl Guide Cookie season by baking their own using the recipe that was used for the very first Girl Guide cookies back in 1927. Each circle had a recipe card. Written into the instructions were important steps like,”wash your hands,” and “put all ingredients away,” so that from start to finish, they were independently working together and cleaning as they went. The leaders were there only for assistance when needed.
The cookies have come a long way since they started. The 1927 cookies were mildly spiced sugar cookies. Most girls seem to like the current chocolate and vanilla (or in the fall, Chocolatey Mint) version a little better. Still, it was a lot of fun to make the originals! In the end, each girl brought home a container of cookies, and even left some behind for the school staff.
Want to try it yourself? Here is the recipe:
Christina Riespman’s 1927 Girl Guide Cookie Recipe
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cream
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons baking powder
½ teaspoon ground cardamom
3 or more cups flour to make soft dough
Cream butter and sugar, Beat in eggs and cream
Combine salt, baking soda, baking powder, cardamom and flour
Sift dry into wet ingredients and mix into dough.
Roll and cut, using a small floured glass or cookie cutter
Sprinkle with sugar, then bake at moderate heat, until done.
Look for the much more modern Chocolate and Vanilla sandwich cookies out in the community now!
This weekend the 22nd Guides went to see the Nutcracker performed by the Goh Ballet company at The Centre in Vancouver. Below are the girls posed with some of the very talented dancers!
This was an event that the girls were really looking forward to. They had been working up to it with other unit activities including their Nutcracker themed puppet show at enrollment and a visit from a community theatre actor to talk about drama and stage make up.
The unit was able to heavily subsidize the cost of this outing with money earned through the unit’s Girl Guide Cookie sales. Way to go, girls!
It was a great way to celebrate the holiday season with friends.
This past weekend girls from all units in Burnaby Mountain District were out selling cookies in the community. It was the national Cookie Days in Canada and our units could be found at local grocery stores and sky train stations selling their tasty treats.
Below are the 54th Brownies at Lougheed station. We love those big smiles — it was a cold rainy day, and girls all around the district were great spirits about being out selling cookies.
Spring cookie season is well under way, but last we heard all units still have some cookies left. Get yours before they’re gone! If you missed us this weekend, there will be girls at Lougheed station on several occasions over the next couple of weeks. Or maybe we’ll catch you door-to-door. Oh, and don’t forget to ask the leaders you see about how to join our units for next year — registration for 2017-2018 opens soon to new members!
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, girls from all units in Burnaby Mountain District participated in a cookie blitz at several local locations. Girls sold chocolately mint Girl Guide Cookies at Save on Foods, Dollar Tree, Independent Grocers, Nestor’s Market SFU, Production Way Skytrain and Lougheed Skytrain.
Even though the weather was pretty cold and rainy, girls were in great spirits as they sold the delicious treats to shoppers as they passed by. Some made up chants or songs on the spot, while others stuck to the traditional “would you like to buy some Girl Guide Cookies?”
Some of the girls are very goal-oriented. Girls from the 22nd Guides, for example, were not shy about advertising that their cookie sales are going towards a trip to Victoria in the new year. There are also girls in the district selling cookies to help them fundraise for SOAR 2017, a week long provincial camp this summer in Smithers, BC.
Other great Guiding activities supported by cookie sales in Burnaby Mountain District will include sleepovers and camps, including a district sleepover at the BC Sports Hall of Fame this spring!
Thank you to all the local businesses who supported Guiding by allowing us to sell in front of your locations, and thank you as well to all the hard working volunteers who took time time out of their busy long weekend to sell cookies with the girls.
Although “peak” cookie season has passed by now, some Burnaby Mountain units are still selling cookies. Just last night the 24th Brownies had a successful blitz at Lougheed Skytrain Station. Way to go, girls!
The 14th Pathfinders have shared a couple of photos of their recent Spring cookie sale efforts. One girl tenaciously took on Burrard Skytrain Station and did a great job. Also pictured are three girls at the District Cookie Day back in April. We love the handmade posters and the special brand of Pathfinder energy employed in these cookie sales!
The Pathfinders tend to stay more active through the summer than our other groups. Although they pause their regular meetings for the summer months, the group still gets together at least a couple of times events such as camp or day trips like hikes. Girl Guide Cookies help power these adventures all year long.
Plenty of units in Burnaby Mountain District still have delicious Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies available for sale. Girls from the 12th Rangers have been out in the community selling to hungry customers.
What kinds of things might a Ranger group do with money raised from cookies sales? Rangers might go tent camping, or kayaking. They might go to see a movie, or out to the ballet. They might go eat a fancy meal or check out a food truck festival. They might be saving for a trip to Europe, or a bicycle trip through the province. They might want to try a new skill like scuba diving or jewelry making. In short, the possibilities are endless.
What will these girls do with their cookie money? Stay tuned on the district website and maybe you’ll find out. Whatever they get up to, it will involve girl greatness, fun, and friendship. Happy sales, Rangers!
It’s that time of year again! Burnaby Mountain Girl Guides were out in full force today selling delicious Chocolatey Mint Girl Guide Cookies. Girls from our various units could been seen selling at Save On Foods, Independent Grocers, Nestor’s Market, WalMart, and the Dollar Tree.
It was a beautiful day to be out in the community. Girls sold lots of cookies to support their fun and engaging programming. Lots of boxes were bought to support the local food bank as well. Thank you to everyone out in the community who supported our sales!
The Spring cookie campaign is well under way in Burnaby Mountain. Many units have already sold all their cookies, and even District is running low on its supply!
Yesterday girls from most units in the district came out to sell cookie in a true blitz style throughout the district. It would have been hard to be out in public yesterday in Burnaby Mountain District and not have come across our girls. Units were selling from 10:00-4:00 at Save-On-Foods North Road, Wal-Mart Lougheed Mall, Independent Foods North Road, Sears Outlet on Lougheed, Dollar Tree at Cameron, and Nestor’s Market at SFU.
Cookies sold really well across the campaign and it was great to have our girls out and about being seen. The weather mostly cooperated though it was chilly and blustery for part of the day.
Thank you to all the girls who came to sell, to the leaders who organized and supervised them, and to the local businesses who supported Girl Guides by letting us sell outside your stores.
The poster contest is open to all branches Sparks through adults. There will be a prize for the winning poster in each branch category. You must be a member of Girl Guides of Canada, Burnaby Mountain District to enter.
Deadline: March 4, 2015 7:00pm
Finished posters must be on 35cm wide x 55cm high (14” wide x 22” high) = half sheet poster board.
Poster orientation can be either vertical or horizontal
Posters must include a correct trefoil with the box around it. The trefoil must be black or navy blue colour.
All posters must have the words: “Girl Guide cookies” and the price per box ($5.00).
Poster must be completely hand drawn. There must be no cut-out or traced characters or computer generated images or any kind.
Cookies and logos used must be the current, official designs. Any Guiding members depicted must be in current, official uniform.
There cannot be any cartoon creatures, and/or “official” creatures (eg. Kellogg’s Tony Tiger, Disney)
The girls of the 1st Sparks love going out into the community to try new things. One of their recent outings was to ArtSpace for Children where they participated in a Dance Expression workshop. The studio was turned into an imagination playground by a wonderful workshop leader who encouraged the girls to move creatively and to work together.
The workshop was meant to show fundamentals in contemporary dance technique while acquiring coordination, balance, strength and physical confidence. Girls go t to develop improvisation and creativity while exploring movement, self-expression, rhythm, body awareness and musicality. They were active for almost two hours.
Most importantly, they had a great time! It was so much fun to go somewhere special and take part in something like contemporary dance. Thank you to Artspace for Children for having us!
This outing was entirely funded by our unit’s cookie sales — way to go girls! This is just one example of where that cookie dough actually goes.