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KIDS + TEENS | Girl Scout Cookie Season Kicks Off January 5


GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SELLING SEASON BEGINS WITH THE RETURN OF THE POPULAR S'MORES COOKIE (YUMMY!)

Tomorrow, January 5, 2018, ushers in the next century of Girl Scouts selling cookies! The Girl Scout Cookie Program® not only teaches girls essential entrepreneurial skills but also powers amazing experiences for them across the United States. After last year’s 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI) is kicking off this season with the return of the much anticipated Girl Scout S’mores™, the most popular flavor to launch in the 101 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies! Consumers can now fuel leadership experiences and build the next generation of entrepreneurs by purchasing Girl Scout S’mores and other classic favorites!

Local Girl Scouts will take cookie orders from January 5–28, 2018. In addition to S’mores, the cookie lineup features refreshing Thin Mints, caramel-y Samoas, peanut butter-stuffed Tagalongs, crunchy Do-si-dos, buttery Trefoils, zesty lemon Savannah Smiles, and toffee-chipped Toffee-tastics (gluten free, too!). Cookies are on sale for $5 per box! If you don’t know a Girl Scout, email cookies4you@girlscoutsni.org to be connected to a local entrepreneur who would love to add you to her customer list!

During Girl Scout Cookie season, each G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ sets out to sell delicious cookies while also building entrepreneurial and business skills imperative for leadership and future success. Almost 1 million Girl Scouts participate in the cookie program each year, generating nearly $800 million in sales during the average season. All of the net revenue raised—100 percent of it—stays within the northern Illinois area. Councils use cookie earnings to power amazing experiences for girls through their programming, while girls and their troops decide how to invest in impactful community projects, personal enrichment opportunities, and more. Further, skills girls learn in the cookie program also influence later success: data shows more than half (57 percent) of Girl Scout alumnae in business say the cookie program was beneficial to skills they possess today, such as money management, goal-setting, and public speaking.

Last year, GSNI debuted Girl Scout S’mores—a crunchy graham sandwich cookie with a chocolate and marshmallow-y filling, embossed with designs honoring Girl Scouts’ outdoor badges or Outdoor Badges?—which are sure to be best-sellers again. This year, girls will sell cookies door-to-door and at booth sales as well as through the Digital Cookie® platform, an innovative and educational web-based addition to the cookie program that helps girls run and manage their Girl Scout Cookie businesses online. Now in its fourth year, the Digital Cookie platform continues to bring Girl Scout programming into the future by providing girls with invaluable business and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills that prepare them for 21st century leadership.

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