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Girl Scouts Have 15M Tasty Problems This Year

Pandemic has led to a glut of unsold boxes of cookies

(Newser) - The Girl Scouts have an unusual problem this year: 15 million boxes of unsold cookies. The 109-year-old organization says the coronavirus—not thinner demand for Thin Mints—is the main culprit, per the AP . As the pandemic wore into the spring selling season, many troops nixed their traditional cookie booths...

Virginia Girl Scouts Embrace New Tech to Deliver Cookies

They're using drones by Google affiliate Wing

(Newser) - Missing out on Thin Mints in the pandemic? A Google affiliate is using drones to deliver Girl Scout cookies to doorsteps in a Virginia community, per the AP . The town of Christiansburg has been a testing ground for commercial delivery drones operated by Wing, a subsidiary of Google's corporate...

Girl Sells 32K Boxes of Girl Scout Cookies: 'Nothing Is Impossible'

Cancer survivor Lilly Bumpus, 8, also collected 5.2K donated boxes; some will go to other survivors

(Newser) - The 2020 season for Girl Scout Cookie sales was cut short , but the 2021 season was, in a word, "insane." That's according to Trish Bauer, whose 8-year-old daughter just smashed the national record for most boxes sold in a single season, per the San Jose Mercury News...

Boy Scouts on Girl Scouts' Legal Moves: It's a 'Ground War'

Girl Scouts: Boy Scouts use unfair recruitment. Boy Scouts: Girl Scouts are just mad at losing members

(Newser) - It's like picking teams for dodgeball in gym class—except everyone wants the girls. In papers filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court, attorneys for the Girl Scouts of the United States of America pushed back against what they call "highly damaging" trademark infringement by the Boy Scouts of...

Congratulatory Post for Barrett Touches Off an Online Fury

Girl Scouts take down sentiment after objections

(Newser) - A tweet by the Girl Scouts congratulating new Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett drew such outrage that the youth organization swiftly deleted it—only to draw a new backlash from Barrett's supporters. The original tweet, posted Wednesday evening, said, "Congratulations Amy Coney Barrett on becoming the 5th...

Unsold Girl Scout Cookies Lead to Federal Relief

Alaskan council gets an emergency loan

(Newser) - It may not be the first business you think of when it comes to coronavirus shutdowns, but the sale of Girl Scout Cookies was cut short amid the outbreak. And in Alaska anyway, that has resulted in federal relief through a Paycheck Protection Program loan, reports the Anchorage Daily News ...

9 Girl Scouts Were Camping When the Ground Came Alive

2 were injured and held overnight in a Minnesota hospital

(Newser) - A camping trip took a terrifying turn Friday when nine Girl Scouts were hit by lightning in the Minnesota wilderness, ABC News reports. The group was in St. Louis County near the Canadian border when heavy storms rolled in and electrostatic discharge lashed out of the sky. "The lead...

Girl Scout, 11, Was Hiking at Camp When Tragedy Struck
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Girl Scout Hike Ends in Tragedy

Isabelle Meyer, 11, was hit and killed by a falling tree

(Newser) - Isabelle Meyer was hiking along a gravel road with three others at a southern Indiana Girl Scouts campground Monday morning when a tree suddenly fell on the group, killing the 11-year-old. "They were there to have a good time," an emotional Perry County Sheriff Alan Malone said during...

To Hide Missing Girl Scout Cash, Dad Went to Extremes: Cops

Brian Couture accused of faking burglary in Oregon

(Newser) - Brian Couture has missed his shot at "father of the year" in the eyes of Oregon police, who say he staged a burglary to hide the theft of $740 his daughter raised selling Girl Scout cookies. Couture, 40, was found unresponsive in his Forest Grove home on March 6...

Guy Who Spent $540 on Girl Scout Cookies Arrested by DEA

SC man had been under surveillance for months

(Newser) - So much for that feel-good story: The Drug Enforcement Administration says it has arrested Detric Lee McGowan, the South Carolina man who spent $540 on cookies to get a group of Girl Scouts out of the cold. Investigators say the 46-year-old could afford to be generous: He was allegedly involved...

Man Drops $540 on Cookies to Get Girl Scouts Out of Cold

SC's Troop 1574 'stood there in shock'

(Newser) - A $540 cookie purchase has warmed Girl Scouts in more ways than one. After two hours on Friday of standing in 34-degree cold outside a store in Greenville, SC, Troop 1574 still had plenty of cookies to sell, reports Greenville News . That's when a man who'd already purchased...

Girl Scouts to Boy Scouts: You Have to Keep the Word 'Boy'

GSUSA claims trademark infringement in new suit over gender-neutral 'scouts'

(Newser) - The Boy Scouts program will soon have a new name, and a more "inclusive nature" as it allows girls into its ranks, but its sister group is rankled over the whole rebrand. Per MarketWatch and Fortune , a complaint filed by the Girl Scouts of the USA on Tuesday in...

Cops: Driver in Girl Scouts Crash Was 'Huffing'

Colton Treu told police he was inhaling chemical vapors before crash that killed 4

(Newser) - Police think they know why the driver of a pickup veered off the road Saturday morning and struck a group of Girl Scouts with fatal consequences : Authorities in Wisconsin's Chippewa County say Colton Treu, 21, admitted that he was huffing—or inhaling chemical vapors—shortly before the crash that...

Pickup Kills 3 Girl Scouts, Adult Picking Up Trash

Another girl is in critical condition in Wisconsin

(Newser) - It's another hard-to-fathom road accident involving kids . A pickup truck in rural Wisconsin veered off the road Saturday morning and struck a group of Girl Scouts and their chaperones who were picking up trash, reports the NBC News . Three fourth-graders and one adult woman were killed, and a fourth...

After 'Incredibly Fun' Deliberations, a New Name for Boy Scouts

Coming in February: Scouts BSA

(Newser) - For 108 years, the Boy Scouts of America's flagship program has been known simply as the Boy Scouts. With girls soon entering the ranks, the group announced a new name: Scouts BSA. The change will take effect next February, reports the AP . Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh said many...

Girl Scout Takes Huge Advantage of California's Legal Weed

She sold 312 boxes of cookies in just 6 hours

(Newser) - An enterprising young Girl Scout showed a natural instinct for capitalism when she set up outside a California marijuana dispensary last Friday and sold over 300 boxes of cookies in just six hours, KGTV reports. But she may have also broken the rules. The unidentified scout started getting attention after...

Girl Found $2 on the Street, Tried Hard to Find Its Owner

After failing, Isabella King donated some Girl Scouts nuts to the military

(Newser) - A young girl in New Jersey who hoped to return two dollar bills she found on a sidewalk to their rightful owner will use the money to donate a box of Girl Scout nuts to the military, the AP reports. Isabella King found the money on a sidewalk in Pequannock...

Boy Scouts Will Start Accepting Girls

Historic change starts with Cub Scouts, will ultimately allow girls to become Eagle Scouts

(Newser) - In a historic change, the Boy Scouts are announcing plans to admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and to establish a new program for older girls using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts, the AP reports. Under the plan announced Wednesday, Cub Scout dens—the smallest...

Girl Scouts Accuse Boy Scouts of Underhanded Behavior

They claim the boys are covertly recruiting girls

(Newser) - Inflaming a century-old and mostly cordial rivalry, the president of the Girl Scouts of the USA is accusing the Boy Scouts of seeking to covertly recruit girls into their programs while disparaging the Girl Scouts' operations. "I formally request that your organization stay focused on serving the 90% of...

Girl Scouts Have 23 New Badges, With Science Focus

Biggest new batch in a decade for the group

(Newser) - From tiny Daisies to teen Ambassadors, Girl Scouts may now earn 23 new badges focused on science, technology, engineering, and math. It's the largest addition of new badges in a decade for Girl Scouts of the USA, per the AP . The effort takes a progressive approach to STEM and...

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