New Year’s resolutions will crumble as the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program returns to northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan this January 11. The Cookie Program will run through March 24 with door-to door sales in January and February, and troops hosting Cookie Booths in March.
What began as a humble fundraising effort nearly 100 years ago has grown into one of the most respected financial literacy programs for youth in the nation. The Cookie Program provides girls with training in five essential business skills: decision-making, goal-setting, money management, business ethics, and people skills. All proceeds from the Cookie Program stay local. The girls receive a percentage based on how much they’ve sold, and the remainder goes to the local Girl Scout Council, which helps fund Girl Scout programming and services. Girl Scout programming includes camp, fine arts and travel opportunities, programs in STEM and leadership training, and more.
New this year to the Girl Scout cookie offering is a tropical cookie flavor, Mango Crèmes, featuring vanilla/coconut cookies filled with a tangy mango-flavored crème. Buyers will also notice new cookie packaging, which saw its first redesign in thirteen years. The new design highlights the skills girls learn during the Girl Scout Cookie Program and the various badges girls can earn relating to business and financial literacy.
All girls in grades K-12 can still join Girl Scouts to take part in the Cookie Program, making them eligible for numerous events, trips, and programs throughout the year. Girls do not need to join a troop to participate in Girl Scouts; there are many paths to participation these days to accommodate the busy lives girls lead.
The cost of Girl Scout cookies remains at $3.50 per box, and proceeds support local Girl Scout programs. Contact the Cookie Hotline at 800.246.4171 or visit www.girlscoutcookies.org to find cookies near you.
Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes is a proud United Way partner program.