Girl Scouts began taking orders for the ‘cookies with a mission’ on Jan. 11 and will continue through Jan. 26; beginning Feb. 21 cookies will be available at local booths, Jennifer Morehead, chief external relations officer for Girl Scouts - Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, announced in a press release.
The cost of the cookies remain $3.50 per box, proceeds of the sales support local Girl Scout troops and programs.
There are eight varieties: Do-si-Dos, Dulce de Leche, Samoas, Tagalongs, Thank You Berry Munch, Thin Mints, Trefoils, and Savannah Smiles. Girl Scout cookies are free of trans-fats.
Morehead notes that the cookie sales program is an important part of leadership training, building five essential life skills of goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the world, generating $790 million in annual sales. With the earnings, Girl Scouts fund community projects, working as a team to make an impact, Morehead said.
“The Girl Scout Cookie Program has long been a cherished tradition for girls and volunteers,” Morehead said. Girl Scouts were selling commercially-baked cookies in the now-famous trefoil shape as early as the 1930s.
People can also take part in the Gift of Caring Program, Morehead said.
In the program, Girl Scout Cookies can be donated for shipment to U.S. military members, Morehead said. Shipment of the cookies to military bases will be taken care of by Little Brownie Bakers, the producer of the cookies.
For more information on purchasing cookies, contact the local Girl Scout office at (800) 632-6894, or visit www.girlscoutsdiamonds.org.