Two Andover girls were among the top 20 sellers of Girl Scout cookies in a 49-county region in 2012.
Stephanie Capman of Troop 10779, a seventh grader, sold 2,381 boxes. Bridget McNeff of Troop 15288, who is in the fourth grade, sold 2,003 boxes.
Jackie Kastner of the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys, which comprises 49 counties in southern Minnesota, western Wisconsin and one county in Iowa, said the average girl sells 150 boxes.
Capman ranked sixth and McNeff ranked 17th for the most boxes sold in this 49-county region, according to Kastner.
Tony Capman kept track of his daughter Stephanie’s work and reported that 93.7 percent of her sales came from door knocking in 10 communities, mostly in Anoka County, for 44 days. She did set up a booth at Andover Lanes from time to time. Her biggest single order was when a guy bought 28 boxes of cookies for his moving crew.
Tony said his daughter’s accomplishment is very impressive because he is retired and his wife Kathleen works for a non-profit organization that does not allow cookie sales at the office, so she could not rely on her parents hitting up co-workers for sales.
Stephanie was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis a little over a year ago. Tony said this did not hold his daughter back and shows that any girl can accomplish a goal if she puts her mind to it.
Tony also noted that over 10 percent of the cookie sales his daughter made were donated to the troops. Individuals can choose to donate their purchases.
Capman, who has been in Girl Scouts for three years, said she sought at least 2,000 cookie box sales because she wanted to win an iPad.
McNeff has been in Girl Scouts for about two years. Her family knows many people all over the world and she credited her family for helping her to reach so many people.
The cookies went to Canada, Sweden and even Papua New Guinea. One family friend works for the U.S. State Department and has escorted Hillary Rodham Clinton when she visited that country as the Secretary of State.
Some people McNeff sold to asked that their cookies be donated to Alexandra House in Blaine, which assists women and children in homes that have domestic violence; the Anoka County Brotherhood Council (ACBC) Food Shelf; or to Operation Care Package in which cookies are included in packages sent to troops.
Approximately 1,300 of McNeff’s 2,033 boxes of cookies were bought by someone who wished to donate them to one of these causes. Her mother Denise said they plan to add the Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP) to the donors recipient list in 2013. CEAP provides information, referrals, advocacy and assistance to low-income families and individuals, senior citizens and adults with disabilities.
One of the first big donations McNeff received was when a friend who works for the Mercy and Unity Hospitals Foundation bought 10 cases of Girl Scout cookies. Each case contains 12 boxes of cookies and costs $48 so that purchase included 120 boxes of cookies for $480.
To sell this many cookies, McNeff had to go well beyond talking to family and friends. She set up booths at pizza restaurants, coffee shops and different businesses such as Lowe’s, Subway, Walgreens and Walmart and at their church.
Her brother Alex was essentially the head of her marketing department and her parents Clayton and Denise drove her around when they could, although Denise was sidelined for a little while because of a broken ankle.
Bridget attributed her success to her family for helping her out. Denise said Bridget actually gave the iPad she won to Alex for helping her out.
Bridget used a $150 REI gift card she also won to buy a new sleeping bag for camping, Denise said.
“It makes me feel really good and really proud,” Bridget said when asked what it means to her to have sold over 2,000 boxes of cookies with most of them being donated.
Girl scouts cookie facts
Girl Scout cookies are on sale from Feb. 2 through March 17. To find a cookie booth, visit GirlScoutsRV.org.
Each box of cookies cost $4. According to the Girl Scouts, $1.08 pays for the cost of cookies from the baker, transportation and storage and staffing.
The remaining $2.92 is for troop proceeds, service unit bonuses, girl rewards, camp facilities and programs, Girl Scout leadership experience, member and volunteer support and customer service and support.
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