Girl Scout Cookie time begins Jan. 27
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Special to the Fruita Times
It’s Colorado’s sweetest time of the year! Girl Scout Cookies go on sale across the state on Sunday, Jan. 27. Colorado’s Girl Scout Cookie Program runs through March 3, with Booth Sales in front of retail locations starting Feb. 8. Each purchase of Girl Scout Cookies supports girls in developing five lifelong skills: goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics.
Girl Scout alumnae are shining examples of the lifelong impact of the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Today, more than two-thirds of women business owners and CEOs, and United States senators and congresswomen, were Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts boasts a 59 million alumnae base.
In 1917, Girl Scouts began selling cookies, and today the program has grown into a $790 million girl-led business. In fact, last year Colorado Girl Scouts earned $2.25 million for their activities, such as going to camp, traveling domestically or internationally, completing a take action project to benefit the community, taking a Girl Scout leadership journey and/or earning a Girl Scout badge on a topic or two of interest.
“Beyond the delicious Girl Scout Cookies themselves, the most valuable component of this annual program is the life skills gained by the girls,” said Stephanie Foote, president and CEO of Girl Scouts of Colorado. “Each year our Girl Scouts set their sights high and earn money through cookie sales to participate in our leadership pathways.”
Girl Scout Cookies cost $3.50 per package, and all money raised supports girls in Girl Scouts of Colorado. Customers have the option to pay by credit card if the Girl Scout is participating in that program.
This year Girl Scouts in Colorado will sell the six most popular Girl Scout Cookie varieties, including Do-si-Dos, Samoas, Savannah Smiles, Tagalongs, Thin Mints and Trefoils. All Girl Scout Cookie varieties contain zero grams of trans fat per serving and the Do-si-Dos, Savannah Smiles and Trefoils have no hydrogenated oils. Further information about Girl Scout Cookie ingredients can be found at littlebrownie.com.
Also for the first time since the ‘90s, the Girl Scout Cookie packages across the country will have a new look that emphasizes the financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills taught through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. In Colorado, the new Girl Scout packaging will be rolled-out with a mix of old and new packaging. However, regardless of the packaging, all Girl Scout Cookies purchased in 2013 will be a freshly baked product.
Making the world a better place is central to the Girl Scout mission. During the Cookie Program, Girl Scouts honor the non-profit organizations, food banks, military and uniformed personnel who are so important to our community through Girl Scouts’ Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring program. Through this program, customers have the opportunity to purchase a package 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 service projects. All Hometown Heroes/Gift of Caring purchases may be eligible for a tax deduction. Last year’s statewide program netted 114,565 packages for hundreds of organizations.
Customers looking for cookies can use the “Cookie Locator” online or the mobile app to search for Booth Sale locations where they can make a purchase. Once customers find a location that works for them, they can add it to their calendar and/or sign up to receive email reminders about sale locations. Visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org to get started or learn more.