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Girl Scout cookies up for sale

Posted: January 20, 2012 2:29 p.m.
Updated: January 23, 2012 5:00 a.m.

NOTE: National media has been covering the story about a new Girl Scout cookie called Savannah Smiles. That is NOT being offered by either council in South Carolina. There are two licensed Girl Scout cookie bakeries in the United States and South Carolina councils both use ABC Bakers -- not the one that introduced the new cookie. As included in the news release, our new cookie will be released next year.

The annual Girl Scout Cookie Program, the $750 million, largest girl-led business in the country, begans door-to-door sales Jan.13. The dates for the sales at local retail locations are weekends from Feb. 24 to March 23.
New this year is the Shortbread cookie packaging in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts. It’s a tribute to the original home-baked Girl Scout cookie that was first sold in 1917 to help raise money for the Girl Scout troops and their communities.

If you’re a Shout Outs! fan, be sure to buy them this year because next year, 2013, they will be replaced by a new cookie. If you’re a lemon cookie fan, don’t forget that one of our eight varieties is Lemonades. The other cookie varieties for sale are the ever-popular Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Thanks-A-Lot and Thin Mints. Prices remain unchanged from last year at $3.50 per box.

Also new this year for customers with the QR code reader application installed on their smart phones is the printing of QR codes on the order card so that customers can scan and download Girl Scout cookie recipes.

The activity of selling cookies has tremendous benefits for the girls, our local council and our communities. By setting up and running a business, the five skills the girls learn are goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. These are all important ingredients in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands council benefits because 100 percent of the proceeds remain within the council jurisdiction and these proceeds underwrite Troop activities and expenses, girl programming, camperships, membership assistance, program development, training opportunities and girl-focused property improvements.

When girls choose to use their cookie proceeds to purchase materials for a community action leadership project, then the community benefits. Examples of this are often seen in renovations and beautification projects at local schools, churches and children’s centers.

Available again for customers is the option to purchase cookies for military personnel serving overseas. Last year our council was able to distribute 49,000 cookie boxes to our military thanks to the generosity of our customers and Blue Star Mothers who arranged and financed the shipping.

“When customers buy Girl Scout cookies, it not only satisfies their sweet tooth, but it provides girls a practical, hands-on opportunity to learn about money management in ways they can understand. This creates a critical foundation for girls to develop financial literacy that is essential to lifelong financial independence,” said Kim Hutzell, President/CEO, Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands.

For additional information log onto www.GSSCcookies.org or call (800) 849-4475.

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