Boycott could impact girl scout cookie sales

10:04 PM, Feb 3, 2011   |    comments
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  • Girl scout cookie sales start Saturday amid boycott
  • Girl scout cookie sales start Saturday amid boycott

MINNEAPOLIS -- Girl Scout cookies go on sale Saturday but some scouts say they will refuse to sell them because the organization has sold off some of their favorite campsites.

Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys used to own 17 properties, but with declining membership and a shrinking budget board directors voted to either sell or close four camp sites last year.

The move saved them almost $600,000. However, not everyone was happy with the decision. Now, some scouts are using cookies, a big money maker, to send a message.

Kim Zaiman, a troop leader from Maplewood, is encouraging scouts to boycott cookies sales. She said about 40 girls have pledged to not sell. 

"It seems that this may be the only way to get their attention. It's extremely difficult as my daughter and the girls in my troop love to sell cookies," she said.

Cookie sales brought in nearly $3 million for local chapters last year. Girl Scout spokeswoman Barbara Boelk said it's unfortunate cookies are being targeted.

"Proceeds really support all the girl's programming, their local community service and teach them so many awesome things," Boelk said.

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