|Girl Scouts prepare for busy cookie season|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
An anticipated time of the year for Coloradans is finally here. Girl Scout cookie time starts Friday, Jan. 7. Not only can a box of Girl Scout cookies satisfy the sweet tooth, but every Girl Scout cookie purchase helps Girl Scouts in Colorado do great things.
When Girl Scouts participate in the annual cookie sale, they are part of the largest girl-led business in the country that generates more than $700 million for girls in communities nationwide.
In fact, last year in Colorado, girls participating in Girl Scouts earned $2.2 million for their activities, such as service projects or exciting trips. The Girl Scout cookie program is also an important ingredient for leadership development and helps girls develop five key skills: goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Many Girl Scout alumnae credit programs like the cookie sale as the place they learned their early business skills.
“My daughter is a Girl Scout Brownie, so I get to see first-hand the real-life skills she’s learning during the Girl Scout cookie activity—everything from setting goals to learning to speak in front of people and giving back to her community,” said Megan Ferland, president and CEO of Girl Scouts of Colorado.
“Since I joined Girl Scouts of Colorado a year ago, I’ve been impressed by the women leaders I’ve met across the state who have said their Girl Scout experiences have helped lead them to their success today.”
Across the state, Girl Scout cookies will be for sale from Friday, Jan. 7-Sunday, March 13. Booth sales at retail locations run from Friday, Feb. 18-Sunday, March 13.
All money raised supports girls in Girl Scouts of Colorado, with a portion of the money going directly to the girls participating in Girl Scouts.
The eight Girl Scout cookie varieties are Do-Si-Dos, Dulce de Leche, Lemon Chalet Cremes, Samoas, Tagalongs, Thank U Berry Munch, Thin Mints and Trefoils.
All Girl Scout cookie varieties contain zero grams of trans fat per serving and the Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Lemon Chalet Cremes, Thank U Berry Munch and Dulce de Leche have no hydrogenated oils.
Girl Scouts are encouraged to “ask” family and friends to buy Girl Scout cookies online through e-mail, social networking (such as Facebook or Twitter) or even text messaging; however, at this time, Girl Scouts cannot collect money online for cookie purchases.
In Colorado, Girl Scouts can participate in the online Cookie Club, where they set goals, track their progress and email their family and friends to ask them to purchase.
Making the world a better place is central to the Girl Scout mission. During the cookie sale, Girl Scouts honor the nonprofit organizations, food banks, military and uniformed personnel who are so important to communities through Girl Scouts’ Gift of Caring/Hometown Heroes program.
Through this program, customers have the opportunity to purchase a box of cookies to donate to Girl Scouts’ heroes—a perfect solution for those who pass on the tempting treats. Girls learn about the invaluable work of their recipients by taking tours, learning about careers in public service and helping with community service projects.
All Gift of Caring/Hometown Heroes purchases are tax deductible. Last year’s statewide program netted 120,000 boxes for hundreds of community organizations.
Those interested in ordering cookies may contact Ravon Krueger at 970-520-9182. She can help those interested get in touch with a Girl Scout in the area.
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Colorado makes it easy, meaningful and fun for girls and volunteers to grow as leaders.
The program provides a safe place for girls to explore their world—from science, technology and the environment to healthy living, anti-bullying and financial literacy.
For nearly 100 years, Girl Scouting has been helping each girl develop her personal leadership skills and make friends that last a lifetime. Girl Scouts is also a great place to enhance job skills and give back to the community as an adult volunteer.
In fact, they serve 29,500 girl members and 9,500 adult volunteers across Colorado.