Girl Scout Cookie Time

January 26, 2009 10:18:08 AM PST
Girl Scouts are taking orders for eight varieties of cookies, including the all-time-favorite Thin Mints, at $4 per box, now through January 24. All proceeds stay in the community. The orders will be delivered in mid February. (News Release) The Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, the largest Girl Scout council in the country, announces two new Girl Scout Cookies added to their line-up of American traditions: the Daisy Go Rounds and the Dulce de Leche.

Girl Scout Cookies and Candy are Safe

Girl Scout Cookies from ABC Interbake and Little Brownie Bakers and candy products from Ashdon Farms are safe. None of these companies affiliated with Girl Scouts source their peanut butter from the supplier involved in the current peanut butter warning. FDA and other regulatory agencies have indicated that Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) is the focus of their investigation concerning a recent Salmonella outbreak thought to be caused by tainted peanut butter.

The Daisy Go Rounds are in honor of the Girl Scout Daisies, the youngest and newest group of Girl Scouts making their way through local neighborhoods to promote Girl Scout Cookies. For the first time, these five and six year olds will be learning alongside their older counterparts to be confident and resourceful citizens through the Cookie Program. The reduced-fat flower-shaped cookies are crunchy, bite-sized morsels with a sweet hint of cinnamon and packed in 100-calorie snack-packs.

The second Girl Scout Cookie, Dulce de Leche, was inspired by the classic confections of Latin America. These sweet, indulgent cookies are rich with milk caramel chips and stripes.

"While we're delighted to offer new products this year, we're even prouder of the girls who are learning the valuable leadership skills and determination. Even at a young age, Girl Scouts are taught to set goals and achieve them, individually and together as a team," emphasizes Maria Wynne, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. "Through Girl Scouts, these girls are learning responsible leadership qualities by understanding that they can choose to make a difference in their community and realize it first-hand."

All cookies are trans fat-free and use kosher products, the highest quality rating available. To find information on where to purchase Cookies, visit girlscoutsgcnwi.org or call 312-416-2500.

Through Girl Scout Cookies, Girls Learn Life Skills

Since the 1920s, selling cookies remains an important part of today's Girl Scout program. Girl Scouts practice life skills like goal setting, decision making, money management, public speaking and teamwork through the Cookie Program. Many successful business women today say they got their start in the business world when selling Girl Scout Cookies.

Girl Scouts are encouraged to set realistic goals, such as planning field trips and community service projects, to accomplish during the year. Girls can choose an activity that they would like to do, research the expenses involved (including admission fees, transportation, food, and more), and then determine how many boxes of Cookies they would need to sell to finance the project. The money earned from Cookie activities helps the Girl Scout troop achieve its goals.

In addition to selling Cookies to help fund programs, Girl Scouts are leading the "Cookie Share", a concept that incorporates the Girl Scout Cookie Program with a community service project or "adopted" charitable organization. Girls encourage customers to purchase an additional box or two as a donation to this organization.

Making It Count

All of the proceeds - every penny - remain in the Council's boundaries where the cookies are sold. This revenue is used to benefit girls, with the largest portion supporting the local Girl Scout troop/group treasury and the remaining subsidizing the cost of providing the Girl Scout program in its 245 communities.

"Cookie revenue" helps:

  • Provide activities and community service projects girls choose throughout the year
  • Sponsor special events and projects
  • Provide the financial assistance needed to make Girl Scouting available for all girls
  • Recruit and train volunteer leaders for each Girl Scout troop/group
  • Improve and maintain camps and other activity sites
  • Keep event and camp fees for all members to a minimum
  • About the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana

    For more than 95 years, Girl Scouts has been the nation's premier organization for girls and women. Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, having merged seven councils into one, is impacting more than 94,000 girls and 25,000 adult members, in 245 communities in six Illinois counties (Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kankakee, Lake and Will) and four Indiana counties (Jasper, Lake, Newton, and Porter). Sharing strengths and best practices, and using resources wisely and effectively will allow local Girl Scouting to personalize girls' leadership development. Regardless of the changes in the name and face of the Girl Scout council, Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana remain committed to the Girl Scout Mission: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.


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