Recipes Using Girl Scout Cookies-Samoas

by Hannah on January 26, 2015

In my last post about Girl Scout cookie recipes, I focused on Thin Mints. Today’s featured Girl Scout cookie is my personal favorite, the Samoa.

Samoas, also known as Caramel deLites are vanilla cookies coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut and drizzled with stripes of chocolate. These are my all-time favorite Girl Scout cookie!

 

One cookie has 70 calories, 35 of them are fat calories. There are 7 grams of fat, with 5 grams coming from saturated fat (25% of your daily intake).

By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven Khor [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven Khor [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Here are some delicious recipes for you to try.

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How to Find Discontinued Girl Scout Badges

by Hannah on January 22, 2015

If you are a Girl Scout leader who wants her girls to earn some of the older discontinued badges, here are some strategies for finding them.

Back in 2008, the Girl Scouts of America decided to change their program and how girls earned their badges. The Girl Scout Journeys program was introduced, and there were very mixed reviews from leaders. Many found the Journeys to be too much like school work with all of the reading and writing requirements. There were fewer opportunities for girls to do hands-on activities like with badge work. Girls love to do things, especially after a long day at school sitting at a desk.

Leaders who managed to successfully do a Journey with their troop put in a lot of hours revamping the materials. It was a lot of additional time and effort that they did not have to do with the old program.

While there are badges available for the girls to earn with the new badge program, there are significantly fewer choices. Many Girl Scout leaders like myself still want the hands on approach of the old program, as well as the kinds of badges the girls could earn. The problem is that the Girl Scout badges are now discontinued. No matter what age they are, girls love to wear their badges! They are a source of pride and show off their accomplishments. No leader wants their troop to do all of the work of earning a Brownie Try It or a Junior badge, only to have nothing to show for it.

There are ways to find discontinued Girl Scout badges. Here is how I have done it.

Discontinued Girl Scout badges

Different Ways to Find Discontinued Girl Scout Badges

Before you start your search for discontinued badges, you will first need to plan out your year. There is no sense in buying badges and then not having time to earn them. Brownie Try It badges can be earned in one meeting, as you only need to do four activities, whereas Junior and older scouts will need more time to earn them because there are more active requirements. Figure out how many meetings you have over the course of the year and then start your search for the old badges.

Once you have a plan, the first place to look is on different Council websites. They are selling their inventory, many times at a big discount. I personally bought my discontinued Junior badges for 70 cents each, and one place I purchased them for a quarter!

Another way to find extra badges, especially if you only need one or two, is to send an email out to your fellow leaders or ask at your next Service Unit meeting. I have received such requests in the past.

Craig’s List is a third option for finding discontinued badges. You can save on shipping since it is a local exchange.

Girl Scout forums are another source for leaders helping each other. Post your request and see if someone has one they can sell to you.

Last, there is always Ebay. You will find the greatest selection there and if someone has their own seller store, you can combine the items to save on shipping.

A New Way for Leaders to Find What They Are Looking For!

Leaders Helping Other Leaders

I have recently discovered a brand new way to find discontinued badges and fun patches. There are several private Facebook groups that leaders have founded to help each other sell or swap the hard to find and out of stock badges that we are in search of. The great thing about these groups is that they are not price gouging each other.

While eBay is an open market place and there are plenty of badges for sale, the women who sell on these groups are just looking to recoup their costs or make a few bucks on some clearance items they have found. Most badges sell for a dollar plus a stamp, whereas on an auction site, they sell for several dollars plus shipping charges.

Girl Scout Badge Books

These books are no longer the regular Girl Scout program, but leaders across the country are still using them. They offer some wonderful opportunities for girls to earn badges that are not a part of the new badge program. Not everything old is a bad thing, and with the strategies I have outlined in this article, you should be able to find what you are looking for.

My troop earned all of their Junior badges using the old program.

Discontinued Brownie Try Its

Photo by Hannah Gold

Photo by Hannah Gold

My troop managed to complete eighteen Brownie Try Its in two years. When I learned that the Try It badges would be discontinued during our second year, I ordered all that I needed for my ten girls. When a new student to our school decided to join my troop, I found that I was short one Try It for each badge activity I had planned to do. While it worked out that at least one girl missed a meeting each time we earned a badge, when I had everyone present, I had to find a new one. Ebay was the place I found my missing badges!

Buy Them All at Once and Save!

As the leader, you have to use your troop dues wisely. I decided to buy all of my troop’s badges at once and pay for the shipping just one time. If a girl misses a meeting and I am stuck with a badge, it is a small price to pay compared to buying the badges as they are earned. You will have to pay several dollars to ship, but a discontinued badge can cost as little as 70 cents.

Discontinued Junior Girl Scout Badges

Photo by Hannah Gold

Photo by Hannah Gold

Junior Girl Scouts need to complete six activities for each badge they earn. Because it is more time consuming, girls cannot earn as many badges during troop meetings. The Girl Scouts encourage Juniors and older scouts to be more independent and earn badges on topics that interest them.

My younger daughter loves to craft. Over the summer, she wanted to earn the Yarn and Fabric Junior badge. She completed the six requirements, but I had a hard time finding this particular badge on Council websites because it had been a popular one. I went to eBay and found it for sale from several different sellers. She proudly wears it on her vest, and to date, no one else in the troop has earned this Junior badge.

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Girl Scout Leader Resources

January 21, 2015

Taking responsibility for a Girl Scout troop, no matter what age you lead, is a big job. I have been leading my girls since October 2008, and I still have to do a lot of prep work before each and every meeting. As a teacher for the past 28 years, lesson planning comes naturally to […]

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Girl Scout Cookie Recipes Using Thin Mints

January 20, 2015

This post is a first in a series that features recipes that use Girl Scout cookies.  You can use some of them to earn badges with your girls! Nationally, Thin Mints make up 25% off all Girl Scout cookies sales. They are by far the most beloved and best selling Girl Scout cookie. In fact, […]

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Valentine’s Day Crafts for Girl Scouts

January 16, 2015

Winter time is a very busy one for Girl Scout leaders.  There are cookie sales, World Thinking Day activities to plan, and yes, Valentine’s Day. When my troop was younger, we did do a few Valentine’s Day crafts, like this one. Whether or not you do Valentine’s Day is entirely up to you. With so […]

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World Thinking Day 2015 Swaps Resources

January 10, 2015

World Thinking Day, which takes place every year on February 22nd, is an important Girl Scout holiday, as it connects sister scouts from around the globe.  Here are some ideas for Swaps to make. There are three Girl Scout holidays that scouts around the world celebrate. The first is Girl Scout Founder’s Day on October […]

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How to Earn the Cadette Marketing Badge by Blinging Your Cookie Booth

January 8, 2015

We had our third Cadette meeting of the year this week and it was the final phase of earning the Cadette Marketing badge.  The Leader and other Co-leader, who is also our Cookie Mom, had not yet attended Girl Scout cookie training, as the date had been moved. However, with cookie selling just around the […]

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Fun Girl Scout Cookie Pins

January 6, 2015

Do you want your girls to have a fun way to promote their cookie sales when they are not with you?  There are a ton of adorable Girl Scout cookie pins that they can wear on their jackets, on their shirts and sweaters, and on their backpacks. When they are out and about with their […]

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Free Printable Girl Scout Cookie Thank You Notes and More

January 4, 2015

Cookie selling is involves many many life skills sets.  Some of them are: Planning Goal Setting Organizing Presenting Speaking in public Speaking to others appropriately Good manners Of course, the younger girls will need a lot more help with their cookie selling than older girls.  Nonetheless, all will need to use these skill sets throughout […]

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Girl Scout Cookie Selling Tips

January 3, 2015

For thousands of Girl Scouts across the United States, it is the most wonderful time of the year-it’s Girl Scout cookie selling season! For several weeks, the focus of troop meetings will be on creating a fantastic cookie booth, learning how to deal with customers, making change, and keeping a positive spirit while selling. Leaders […]

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