Girl Scout Can Bake Cookies, Not Just Sell Them!
A service project my troop enjoyed doing together!
Troops can do more than sell Girl Scout cookies-they can bake them for a community service project! There are many organizations that can benefit from your girls' efforts. Senior citizen centers, shelters, and our military troops overseas are just some of the groups that can benefit.
This past December, my Brownie Girl Scout troop baked cookies for our military serving overseas. In our community, we have an organization that has a cookie drive for the troops. They send homemade or store bought cookies that are brought to them . I wanted to do a different project for the holiday season, and this one sounded like something my girls would enjoy.
Girl Scout troops of all levels can do this cookie baking project. The level of the troop, as well as how many girls you have, will dictate the kinds of cookies you bake, as well as how much additional help you will need. My girls are second year Brownies (third graders), and I have eleven in my troop. I had five helpers-myself, my co-leader, two other moms, and my sixteen year old daughter.
How to Do a Girl Scout Cookie Baking Project
Once I decided that our girls would bake cookies for the troops, I had to get a field trip approval number from my Council contact. When the trip was approved, I sent an email to parents informing them of the trip and the date. In this email, I also solicited volunteers and sent the permission form as an attachment.
Originally, the cookie baking was going to be at my house. But I lucked out and had a parent volunteer her brand new, very spacious kitchen! Note to leaders…in order to have an off premesis trip such as this, you will need three registered volunteers. Again I lucked out, as the kitchen volunteer was also our troop treasurer.
How to Organize the Girl Scout Cookie Baking ProjectCredit: www.amazon.com
In order for this Girl Scout community service project to work, you really need to be prepared. Road test a few recipes if you do not bake often, otherwise, just use some of your favorites. You can ask a friend for one of her successful recipes.
You have to decide what kind of cookies you want your girls to make. Drop cookies? Cookie bars? Cut-out cookies? You also need to decide if they are going to do all of the baking and measuring on the field trip kitchen or if you are going to do it in advance. The type of cookie you make and how capable your girls are will dictate how you proceed
Because I wanted this to be hands on with minimal mess, I decided on a cut-out cookie recipe. I went to Target’s after Halloween sale and scored colorful sugars and sprinkles for half price.
The week before our Girl Scout cookie baking project, I sent out an email to the parents. I wanted the girls to bring their own rolling pin and two of their favorite cookie cutters. Both of these items had to be labels somehow with the girls name to avoid any mix-ups. If any of your girls do not have any of these items, it is fine.
While our trip took place during one of our regularly scheduled meetings, I did need to extend the time a half hour. This extra time may not work for everyone, so I asked the parents to inform me if their daughter was being picked up at our usual time. I needed to know this information so make my groups.
You will also want to ask how many cookie sheets and cooling racks your host kitchen has, as well as how many cookie sheets can fit into the oven at one time. You will need at least four cookie sheets and three or four cooling racks.
Here is your shopping list for the Girl Scout cookie baking project:
Ingredients for the cookies
Paper bowls (to put the decorations)
Plastic spoons (for the decorations)
Foil cookie trays (if you are going the disposable route)
Cookie decorations-sugars, sprinkles, chocolate chips, toffee, etc.
Disposable plastic containers
How to Organize the Big Cookie Baking Day
Since I wanted to make this project with minimal mess, I made all of the dough the night before. The recipe called for the dough to be chilled, and the person who gave it to me said she had made in the day before with no problem.
Each batch of batter was divided into thirds and then wrapped in parchment paper that had been sprinkled with powdered sugar before being put into the refrigerator.
Because I could not have eleven girls (plus two younger sisters of one of my girls and my son) bake at the same time, I made stations. One was baking, one was making cards for the troops, and one was decorating the plastic containers with stickers. Each station lasted about twenty minutes. There was one adult at each of the art stations, and two at the baking station. My daughter floated around to all three stations to help anyone who needed it.
To avoid drama, I made the up the groups in advance. The girls who had to leave at our normal time baked first, insuring they would get their turn.
Here is where the mess is minimal…Credit: www.amazon.com
Unwrap the parchment paper and have the girls roll out the dough and cut out the cookies on it. Once the cookie is cut, leave the cookie cutter in place. Spoon on the sugar or sprinkles and they will not roll around all over the cookie sheet! Repeat until there is no more dough left to cut. Remove those pieces and leave the cookies on the parchment paper.
Where there is room on the parchment paper, repeat until the dough is gone. Move the parchment paper onto the cookie tray and put it in the oven. When they are done, remove the parchment paper with the cookies onto a cooling rack. The cookie sheet is now ready for the next group of Girl Scouts!
When the girls are done baking, assign a volunteer to wash the rolling pins and cookie cutters. Then have the girls put them in their bags or by their coats.
For the girls making cards, they can make more than one. For the girls at the container station, here is where my girls got very creative. I bought those tiny circle stickers at the Dollar Store. The used them to make smiley faces and words, such as “Thank You” and “Happy Holidays”. Each station needs a volunteer, and baking can use two.
Of course, my co-leader, the troop photographer, took pictures for our perpetual Girl Scout scrapbook!
The girls had a fantastic time, and so did the volunteers. Having my Brownie Girl Scouts bake cookies for a community service project is something they will always remember!
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