NEW YORK — America’s top doll, Barbie, finds herself in controversy once again, this time over a business partnership between her manufacturer, Mattel, and the Girl Scouts. On Thursday, two consumer advocacy groups often critical of corporate advertising tactics — the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for a New American Dream — criticized Barbie as a flawed role model for little girls and launched a petition drive urging the Girl Scouts of the USA to end the partnership. The Girls Scouts said they would not do so. Just a few weeks ago, Mattel incurred widespread criticism — as well as some accolades — for letting Barbie be featured in Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit edition. The Girl Scouts’ partnership with Mattel, announced last August, includes a Barbie-themed activity book, a website, and a Barbie participation patch — the first Girl Scout uniform patch with corporate sponsorship. … [Read more...] about Advocacy groups ask Girl Scouts to end partnership with Barbie
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For some, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Girl Scout cookie season is officially upon us, and troops from the Girl Scouts of Greater New York gathered in Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall Friday to sell the beloved sweets. Friday and Saturday have been deemed National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, so the enthusiastic scouts were out in full force, encouraging commuters to stock up on their favorite treats while also sharing business strategies. Nine-year-old Alyssa, who sold almost 300 boxes of cookies last year, had some advice on drawing in customers. “You should always look them deep in the eye and give them a big smile,” she said. The fourth grader from Richmond Hill, Queens, said she enjoys giving the buyers their cookie orders, and adding up all the dough she’s made. “When I count the money I feel like I’m good at math — finally,” she said. Maya, 9, … [Read more...] about Girl Scouts kick off cookie season at Grand Central Terminal
Little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice, but the same can’t be said for Girl Scouts’ cookies. Meet the Mango Creme, a crispy vanilla wafer packed full of nutrients from dehydrated veggies and fruits. It’s now proudly sold by Girl Scouts alongside the traditional Thin Mints, chocolately Tagalongs and crispy-coconut Samoas. The Franken-cookie is artificially flavored, but bakers used Nutrifusion to “supercharge” it with nutrients from rehydrated apples, oranges, cranberries, pomegranate, limes, strawberries and shiitake mushrooms, for Vitamin D. “Our product isn’t a replacement for real fruits and veggies,” said William Grand, the Nutrifusion vice president. “But we can offer an alternative for people who still want their chips, pasta and cookies. “Through our technology we can put some nutrients in the food they eat.” Grand uses shiitakes in Mango Cremes for the Vitamin D, he said. … [Read more...] about Girl Scouts come out with ‘healthy’ new cookie — a Mango Creme that features no mango, but some mushrooms!
This story has been updated.A young Pendleton girl who will be honored by the Girl Scouts on Thursday for rescuing her mom from an overturned vehicle now has a new fan club — the Indiana Pacers — who want to recognize her as an Indiana Hero.Melina Lakey, a Brownie Girl Scout, used safety lessons she had just learned to help her mom escape their vehicle after a serious accident April 15. Her Brownie troop had recently earned their first-aid badges and had completed a service project benefiting Fire Rescue House of Madison County.The then 8-year-old and her fellow Brownies from South Madison Girl Scout Troop 3597 had toured the Alexandria Fire Department and learned basic safety skills. Later that same day, she put those skills to work by staying calm and helping her bleeding and dazed mother, Ashley McCollum-Lakey, get safely out of the overturned sport-utility vehicle.“I used what I learned in Girl Scouts. It was scary, but I kept … [Read more...] about Pacers to honor Girl Scout who helped save mom from car wreck
There’s a new Girl Scouts cookie making its way to your doorstep: Savannah Smiles. The lemon-flavored, powdered sugar dusted confection will symbolize the the organization’s 100th year in service and sweetness. The name of the new cookie — was inspired by Juliette Gordon Low, who founded the iconic troupes in Savannah, Ga, according to the International Business Times. The Girl Scouts had been using cookies as a way to support their troupes since 1917. Low’s Savannah home has become a tourist attraction for Girl Scouts and those who love them. “In the time-worn rooms, each girl considers how, 100 years later, Juliette Low’s story encourages her to dream big and do great things with her life,” said a spokesperson for Little Brownie Bakers, the company that makes Girl Scouts cookies. “That’s why we are so proud to offer this special cookie that will delight customers and remind girls of their rich heritage and unlimited … [Read more...] about Girl Scouts introduce Savannah Smiles, a new cookie to mark 100th year anniversary
When Girl Scout Cadet Denise O’Leary was just a Brownie, there was no such thing as Facebook and little girls like her weren’t logging on to Myspace. But recently, while teaching a Brownie troop about the perils of the Internet, she realized just how much times have changed. “We weren’t as exposed to the Internet as they are now,” said the 17-year-old Girl Scout Gold Award candidate. Denise and 100 other Girl Scouts were presented with the new “Internet Safety” fun badge at Maestro’s Caterers in the Bronx Sunday. The event also marked the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the USA. The badge, which is earned through a Cablevision-sponsored program, teaches the dangers of cyber bullying and about the lack of privacy on the web. The program can be used to obtain the official “netiquette” patch. “When we did this activity as a group, the girls couldn’t believe some of the things that had … [Read more...] about As they celebrate Girl Scouts centennial, older Scouts instruct younger ones about cyber safety
Girl Scout cookie addicts who live or work in Queens won’t have to travel far for a fix of their favorite sweet treat on Tuesday. Queens Borough Hall is the only place outside of Manhattan where cookie lovers can pick up Thin Mints, Tagalongs and Trefoils as part of the one-day public sale known as the Corporate Cookie Connection. “Who is not addicted to Girl Scout cookies?” asked Leni Calas, who created the Queensmamas.com website. “When my daughter brings home an order sheet I practically rip it out of her hands.” Troops entered a lottery to get one of the coveted slots at 45 locations in corporate and public buildings. The Howard Beach-based Daisy Troop 4286 and Brownie Troop 4615 was selected to sell cookies at Borough Hall. “The girls are very excited — this is huge for them,” said Lindsay Clemente, one of the troop leaders. “This is one of the best locations you can get.” Sales from the cookies, which sell … [Read more...] about Girl Scout cookie connection at Queens Borough Hall
Girl Scout Cookies season is gearing up, bringing with it perhaps one of the Valley's fiercest competitions: the Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge.This year, 21 chefs from across the Valley and Flagstaff worked with local Girl Scouts troops to create desserts using their trademark cookies, from a Trefoil strawberry shortcake to a Thin Mint cheesecake.Each restaurant had a chef build a unique Girl Scout cookie creation using an assigned cookie. The restaurants will feature their custom dessert on their menus from Feb. 1-28. A portion of sales proceeds will go toward local Girl Scout programs.This is the fourth annual challenge. Last year, Jada Shiya won with her Trefoil cookie creation for Churn, an ice cream shop in central Phoenix. Shiya is back in the competition this year working with a completely different set of ingredients.For the 2017 challenge, she was assigned the Savannah Smiles, a lemon … [Read more...] about Sweet cause: 21 restaurants compete in Arizona’s 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge, Feb. 1-28
Girl Scout cookie season is here and while you're plowing through your third box of Thin Mints you may find it interesting to note that the cookies you're devouring might not be the same ones you purchased last year.There are actually two different companies that produce the five most famous Girl Scout cookies: thin mints, shortbread cookies, chocolate-covered peanut butter cookies, peanut butter sandwiches, and caramel-coconut cookies, according to NJ.com.Little Brownie Bakers in Louisville, Kentucky are the makers of Thin Mints, Samoas, Do-si-dos, Trefoils, and Tagalongs. ABC Bakers in Virginia produce Thin Mints, Shortbread, Peanut Butter Patties, the Peanut Butter Sandwiches, and Carmel deLites. Although the boxes look the same and the name sounds similar you are actually tasting different cookies, according to the site.If you buy your Girl Scout cookies in Monmouth or Ocean county, thank your lucky stars, because you are getting the better cookies, … [Read more...] about SOUND OFF: What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie, Jersey?
These Girl Scout cookies aren’t so sweet.Little Brownie Bakers, makers of the addictive little treats, are recalling batches of Lemon Chalet Crèmes cookies.The recall was prompted by complaints that the cookies had an off-taste and odd smell.According to a press release on their Web site, the Louisville, Kentucky-based company found no traces of bacteria.“Certain lots of Lemon Chalet Crème cookies contain oils that may be breaking down which can result in an off taste and smell,” the statement said. “We determined that while the cookies are safe for consumers to eat, they are not up to our quality standards.”No other Girl Scout cookies, including favorites like Trefoils, Thin Mints and Do-Si-Dos, were affected.Customers affected by the recall can get more information by calling 1-800-962-1718. Join the Conversation: … [Read more...] about Girl Scout cookie company Little Brownie Bakers recalls Lemon Chalet Cremes cookies