From staff reports
As Girl Scouts approach you with an offer to order Girl Scout Cookies, the familiar temptation you feel will be the same. Just the mention of Thin Mints, Samoas® or Do-Si-Dos® will cause your mouth to water.
But as your Girl Scout entrepreneur takes your order, she’ll be focused on the business skills she’s learning, and the newly redesigned cookie package she presents will reflect more about the entrepreneurial program itself.
Initial order taking is now under way and will continue through Jan. 21. Direct sales and cookie booths sales are slated for Feb. 15 through March 10.
To begin boosting the excitement for Girl Scout Cookies, several Scouts recently visited Jackson EMC.
“Jackson EMC has been a proud supporter of the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia area for several years, encouraging and supporting girls as they strive to do their best,” said Troop 11987 leader Joy Rebello. “Katie Graham was very pleased to receive a very special Cookie-Gram from the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.”
For the visit, Laura Rebello dressed as a Samoa and Shea Zwemke was sporting a Tagalong outfit. They were accompanied by Addison Zwemke. Laura is the daughter of Daniel and Joy Rebello and Addison and Shea are the daughters of Rod and Gabrian Zwemke.
Girl Scout cookies are coming and, for the first time since 1999, all boxes of Girl Scout cookies have a new look and new purpose: to elevate the significance of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, a $790-million girl-led business. The iconic Girl Scout Cookie package showcases the five financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills that the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls the skills that will last them a lifetime: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.
Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia are now taking orders and the cookies will begin to arrive on Feb. 8. Payment, either cash or check, is due at the time of delivery. If paying by check for an order from Troop 11987, please make checks payable to Joy Rebello.
“Your support will assist the Girl Scouts of Troop 11987 to attend special events at the Georgia Aquarium and Zoo Atlanta,” said Rebello. “We will also be donating cookies to our troops who are serving abroad through the Cookies From Home program.”
If you don’t know a Girl Scout or miss placing an order, you’ll be able to find Girl Scout cookies at booth sale around the area. To sniff out the booth sale nearest you, visit www.ghsg.org and click on the “Cookie Locator” button, or visit www.girlscoutcookies.org to download the app for your phone and then enjoy.
The program also provides financial support for local troop activities and council-sponsored events. All proceeds from the cookie program support Girl Scouting in Georgia. Girl Scout Cookies will be available at local booth sales from Feb. 8 through March 10.
Troop 11987’s booth will be at Countryside Antiques in Braselton from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.
Teaching girls to be successful entrepreneurs is part of the cookie sales mission. Girl Scout Cookie Sales is the world’s largest entrepreneurial program for girls who set sales goals and develop a plan to meet those goals.
Girl Scouts will be wearing their membership pin with their uniform, sash, vest or T-shirt when they are manning sales booths or selling with a Girl buddy and a supervising adult.
Scouts also earn participation patches. See more about Girl Scout cookies at www.gshg.org or at ClickThePaper.com
Cookies can also be ordered to donate to area charities for the Gift of Sharing patch for Scouts and Cookies from Home finds Girl Scout cookies making their way to soldiers serving overseas. A dozen boxes purchased will net patches for the Scouts. Incentives and cookie credits are available for summer camps and other Scouting programs.