Girl Scout cookies: Take a bite

Posted: Friday, January 11, 2008

Soon Girl Scouts will be asking for community support through the purchase of Girl Scout cookies. Beginning in January, Girl Scouts will be taking orders and will deliver cookies in March. Booth sales will be March thru April. The cost of all Girl Scout Cookies remains only $3.50 per box. And all varieties of Girl Scout cookies are "zero trans fat per serving.

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Since 1917, the Girl Scout cookie program has become a famous annual event that has helped girls develop important leadership skills. Through the program, girls manage inventory, set goals, learn money management and develop marketing skills.

Essentially, the girls run their own business. Troops set a goal and follow a plan leading toward that goal. The sale of these cookies provides important skills in finance as they manage their inventory, set goals, learn money management, marketing and public speaking skills,

These valuable experiences build girls' self-confidence as well as providing valuable skills. 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.

When you support Girl Scouts you support your community as well. All money earned from the sale of these cookies is used to support local Girl Scout activities. And, it is the only council wide fundraiser that the Girl Scouts use to support their activities.

By supporting Girl Scouts, you support the Girl Scout mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Every Girl Scout makes a promise to fulfill that mission. When you think of Girl Scouts, think of leadership training in addition to the fun of being a Girl Scout. The Girl Scout organization is the world's premiere leadership experience for girls ages 5 to 17.

Purchasing Girl Scout cookies also provides another opportunity to support your community through the "Gift of Caring" program. When a Girl Scout takes your order, you can purchase additional boxes of cookies that will be donated to a designated charitable organization in your community.

Locally, "Gift of Caring" cookies have been delivered to the Pioneers' Home, the Glory Hole, the food pantry and soldiers serving our country.

Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council serves girls, ages 5-17, in 14 communities throughout Southeast Alaska. For more information about placing a cookie order or to learn more about Girl scouting, call the council at 586-1710 or (800) 478-8247, or visit the council's Web site at www.tongassgirlscouts.org.



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