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Girl Scouts go door-to-door to start taking cookie orders

Cookie booth sales begin Friday, Feb. 8
Jan 04, 2013

Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay will begin to go door-to-door to take orders for Girl Scout cookies Saturday, Jan. 5.  This year, local Girl Scouts will offer six cookie varieties - Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-si-dos and Savannah Smiles.  During the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program, Girl Scouts in the Chesapeake Bay Council will be piloting a new program to sell the new Girl Scout snack bars along with the cookies.

Little Brownie Bakers, the same people who make Girl Scout cookies, has created two varieties of Girl Scout snack bars – Tagalongs and Double Dutch. A limited amount of snack bars will be sold, so customers should place their orders in January. All Girl Scout cookies and snack bars are $4 per box.

Cookie booth sales will begin Friday, Feb. 8, at local businesses throughout the Delmarva Peninsula. Girls are also taking orders for donations of Girl Scout cookies for Operation Taste of Home and local community groups. The Operation Taste of Home cookies will be donated to U.S. armed forces and local agencies such as food banks and pantries, blood banks, cancer centers and youth programs.

Individuals interested in purchasing cookies or donating to Operation Taste of Home can call the Cookie Hotline at 1-800-YUM-YUM2. To locate a cookie booth sale in the area, go to www.GSCB.org.

The Girl Scouts Cookie Program is about more than just great-tasting cookies. By participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls learn five skills that last into adulthood, such as goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Every girl is encouraged to set and work toward achieving both team and personal goals. The program also raises funds to support troop and council activities. The benefits of the cookie program have been hailed by many of today’s businesswomen, who cite selling Girl Scout Cookies as their first step toward successful careers.

All of the proceeds from a local council's cookie activities remain in the area where the cookies are sold. This revenue is used to benefit girls, some of it directly by remaining in the Girl Scout troop treasuries, and some of it indirectly by funding council-led programs for Girl Scouts. Each year, more than 9,000 Girl Scouts from the Delmarva Peninsula participate in the cookie program, selling more than 1 million boxes of cookies to the community.

A leading advocate for and expert on girls, the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay builds girls of courage, confidence and character by providing personal leadership development and programs that teach skills for the real world. To learn more about Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, go to www.GSCB.org or call 1-800-341-4007 or 1-800-374-9811.

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