Skip the diet – it’s that time of the year. Girl Scout Cookies are back.
Whether you enjoy Do-Si-Dos, Dulce de Leche, Samoas®, Tagalongs®, Thank You Berry Munch, Thin Mints, Trefoils or Savannah Smiles, the wait is over.
January 24th marks the start of the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program throughout Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties.
Serving more than 15,000 girls and 6,000 adult volunteers in the six-county area, the Girl Scout Cookie Program helps girls build five essential life skills:
GOAL SETTING: Girl Scouts set cookie sales goals individually and with their troop, create a plan to reach them and develop Cooperation and Team Building skills all along the way.
DECISION MAKING: Girl Scouts help decide how their troop will spend their cookie money, furthering their Critical Thinking and Problem Solving skills that will help in many aspects of their life.
MONEY MANAGEMENT: Girl Scouts take cookie orders, handle customers’ money and gain valuable and Practical Life Skills around financial literacy.
PEOPLE SKILLS: Girl Scouts learn how to talk to, listen to and work with all kinds of people while selling cookies. These experiences help develop their Healthy Relationship and Conflict Resolution skills they can use throughout life.
BUSINESS ETHICS: Girl Scouts are honest and responsible at every step of the cookie sale. Their business ethics reinforce the Positive Values they are developing as a Girl Scout.
“Girl Scout cookies are not only part of an American culture that I grew up on,” stated Desiree Kludy, whose six-year old daughter, Rachel, is in her third year of selling cookies, “I enjoy my yearly supply of Thin Mints.”
Although a new Girl Scout cookie package has been introduced this year, the Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida have continued utilizing the traditional “classic packaging.”
“While the completely redesigned package is meant to showcase the impact of the cookie program on girls’ skill development, we are depleting remaining packaging from last year,” Melinda Glasco, Director of Marketing & Communications at Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida, stated Tuesday. “For collectors, this will be their last opportunity to purchase what is now referred to as classic packaging.”
Supporting the largest girl-led business in the world, the Girl Scout Cookie Program proceeds fund important community projects at the local level. Priced at $4.00 a box this year, the cookie box size and cookie amounts remain the same.
“Buying a box of Girl Scout cookies is more than just handing over your money for a box,” stated Millie Medrano, whose seven-year old daughter, Lauren, was number one in her troop last year selling over 300 boxes, “It’s about the skills and experience a girl learns by running her own cookie business and interacting with others.”
For more information regarding purchasing Girl Scout Cookies or supporting Girl Scouting in your area, visit www.gssef.org or contact Melinda Glasco, Director of Marketing & Communications for Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida at 561-427-0176.