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Girl Scouts engage in activities that instill courage, confidence, and character-building. (Photo courtesy Wikipedia)

If you’re hankering for a cookie fix, look no further than Troop 6000’s Girl Scout cookies. 

Troop 6000 is a Girl Scout program designed to serve houseless girls in the New York City Shelter System.

The troop meets weekly in shelters across the city, led by community volunteers and women within the shelter system. Scouts and Scout leaders alike engage in activities that instill courage, confidence, and character-building. 

Evidently, this engagement is significant. A study conducted in 2012 revealed that Girl Scout alumnae have “a stronger sense of self, achieve higher levels of education, and are more likely to reach a higher socio-economic status.” 

Although the New York City Shelter System only provides temporary refuge for families in need, Troop 6000’s Transitional Programming Initiative ensures that girls will continue to have access to their troop, regardless of their shelter status.

In a cultural moment of widespread alienation and isolation, this consistent community is vital. 

Now, you may be wondering what’s on the menu this year. 

Here’s the cookie lineup:

Lemon-ups – Crispy lemon cookies. 

Trefoils – Traditional shortbread cookies. 

Do-si-dos – Peanut butter sandwich cookies. 

Samoas – Chewy cookies featuring chocolate, coconut, and caramel. 

Tagalongs – Peanut butter patties. 

Thin Mints – Minty chocolate crisps. 

Toffee-tastic – Buttery toffee cookies. Gluten-free.

At this point, you may be interested in purchasing a box or two. I don’t blame you.

You can purchase cookies from Troop 6000 HERE. 

Rest assured that you’re indulging for a cause. 

Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies. (Photo courtesy Pixabay)

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Lydia Sviatoslavsky

Lydia Sviatoslavsky

Lydia Sviatoslavsky covers culture and curiosities for Bay City News and Broke-Ass Stuart. She publishes artist interviews and experimental writing at You can find her on Instagram at @rot_thought.

1 Comment

  1. RG Scotti
    February 11, 2022 at 10:23 pm — Reply

    If you don’t want cookies you can also give a donation and they will provide cookies to food banks in New York!

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