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Girl Scout Cookie Program: Great Cookies for an Even Better Cause

On Saturday, January 13th, thousands of girls in Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council will participate in a great tradition while gaining valuable skills and earning money for their troop’s activities and service projects.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program, an integral part of Girl Scouting’s Business and Economic Literacy initiative for girls ages 6–17, provides finance, marketing, and public speaking skills, along with valuable experiences that build girls’ self-confidence and help them develop their own personal leadership style.

“Participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program has definitely made me more confident,” said Girl Scout Lindsey from Troop #4226. “I know I am learning things that will help me when I go to get a job.”

Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbread, Thanks-A-Lot, Cartwheels, Caramel DeLites and the delicious new Lemonades are the eight varieties of cookies offered this year. The price for a package of cookies is $3.50. All varieties of Girl Scout cookies are now “zero trans fat per serving.” This change was made because, like most successful businesswomen, Girl Scouts listen to their customers.

Starting January 13 girls will be selling Girl Scout Cookies door to door. Beginning February 23, girls will be offering the cookies at cookie booths outside of grocery stores and other retail venues. The sale ends March 25. There is also a toll-free cookie hotline at 1-888-GS-COOKIE for those who want to purchase cookies.

All proceeds from the Cookie Sale remain in Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council. More than 57 percent of the operating budget of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is funded by the sale. Approximately one-quarter of the selling price of a package of cookies goes toward the actual cost of the cookies. More than half of the proceeds of each package are used to fund camps, programs and activities for more than 63,000 Girl Scouts and 18,000 adult volunteers in the 25 counties of San Jacinto Council. The remaining portion goes directly to the individual treasuries of the troops/groups selling the cookies. 

One new element of the Girl Scout Cookie Program in GSSJC is the “Cookie Share” program in which people interested in supporting Girl Scouting, but who have reached their cookie quota, can purchase cookies to be donated to local charitable organizations.

Since 1917, the Girl Scout cookie activity has become a famous annual event that has helped girls develop important leadership skills they will use throughout their lives. Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls manage inventory, set goals, learn money management, and develop marketing skills. The entire troop sets a goal and follows a plan leading toward that goal. Many successful women have credited their business skills to the Girl Scout Cookie Program, making it the premier business and economic literacy program for girls in the United States.

“The Girl Scout Cookie Program is a valuable part of the Girl Scout experience. The skills girls gain truly help them develop into future business leaders,” said GSSJC CEO Mary Vitek.
 
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 63,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

GSSJC Pluralism Statement
Embracing and promoting pluralism is an integral part of every activity and plan of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, not disconnected or separate projects. Only individuals willing to accept and be educated about the basic tenet that Girl Scouting is for all girls may serve in volunteer leadership or staff positions.

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