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    Tallest Cookie Tower-world record set by Girl Scouts

[March 6]ARCADIA, CA, USA--Over 70 Girl Scouts from throughout the San Gabriel Valley– working together as the Stacker Packer Cookie Girls – completed a 5’7” cookie tower created out of nearly 20,000 Do-Si-Do and Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies.

  Photo: Terry Miller
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   The nine-tiered design included 145 layers of cookies and weighed over 425 pounds and could feed up to 750 people.

   The former world record stands at 5’2 ¼”.

  Construction began on Feb. 28, and successfully concluded just shy of 16 hours on Friday, Feb. 29. Girls worked in shift teams to construct the tower, while official witnesses, from firefighters to public officials, documented the process at all times.

   Rotating shifts of three independent judges were on hand during the cookie tower construction. They had to make sure the rules were followed to the crumb, such as the tower must be free-standing, if any cookie topples it's over and upon completion, the tower must stand for 10 seconds.

   "They can't bribe us, not even with cookies," said judge Connie Keenan of El Monte.

   The girls worked in shifts and as a true team. "It was fun to figure out how to do it," scout Kalisha Boykin said.

  The 12-year-olds are from Troop 412 of Altadena/Pasadena. Kalisha likes Tagalongs (chocolate-coated peanut butter cookies) the best, while Caitlyn favors Thin Mints.

   Little Brownie Bakers donated the cookies for the tower, which had a meaning more complex than its simple construction.

   "We're trying to make it fun," said Galeas. "Girl Scouts is about building girls' courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place."   

   The kick-off event, which put the spotlight on the Annual Girl Scout Cookie Program, America’s leading business and economic literacy program for girls, also included a “cookie creations” contest for girls and the unveiling of the largest Samoa Girl Scout Cookie in Southern California.

   The 70-inch cookie marvel, complete with coconut and caramel, was created by The California School of Culinary Arts Baking Club. Chefs also created themed edible centerpieces out of Girl Scout Cookies.

  The Girl Scout Cookie Program is not only an entrepreneurial activity for girls, but helps fund troop activities; provides funding for high quality, low-cost Girl Scout programs and camps for more than 9,000 girls and support for more than 4,400 volunteers; and helps thousands of girls from lower socio-economic communities experience the benefits of Girl Scouting.

    Cookie Extravaganza Program Sponsors
    Program sponsors included Theresa Bengsch; Greg Buccola, KPFF Consulting Engineers; Dolphin Party Rentals; Jennifer Fang; KGEM-Monrovia; Karen Lee; Little Brownie Bakers; O-K Trophy, Sunland; Pier One Imports, La Crescenta; Greg Powell; Sandpaper Kisses, Sunland; SpyTech Surveillance, Inc.; Volkswagen Pasadena; and WrapAds.  

   For more information on the Girl Scouts, Mt. Wilson Vista Council visit www.gsmwvc.org

 
 
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