Look for Girl Scouts March 3-19 when they’ll be at booths in front of retail shops around town selling Girl Scout Cookies. The girls will have all the favorites–Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Classic Shortbread, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Reduced Fat Lemon Pastry Cremes, and two new flavors & Thanks-A-Lot (shortbread with fudge topping) and Reduced Fat Cartwheels (cinnamon oatmeal bites).
For nearly 95 years the Girl Scout Cookie Program has helped girls foster a sense of personal and collective empowerment by promoting skills they will use throughout their entire lives. Through this annual voluntary activity, girls 6 through 17 (Brownie Girl Scouts through Senior Girl Scouts) learn how to set goals, develop action plans to reach those goals, work together as a team and cultivate a sense of business ethics. Additionally, they build confidence by developing public speaking and interpersonal communication skills. Girls also acquire knowledge in money management, marketing and customer service, thereby making the Girl Scout Cookie Program the nation’s premier financial literacy and entrepreneurship program.
“Each and every year I know we’re empowering girls to fill all sorts of roles in the future,” says the council’s board president, Peggy Zimmerman. “One of these young ladies may some day become secretary of state, CEO of a Fortune 500 company, a caring mother, a local business owner, or my future replacement.”
All proceeds, after paying the baker, stay in the local council. A portion of the money stays at the council level to support all types of activities. Moreover, a share of what remains goes to the troop level, where girls decide how to spend it, thus further encouraging goal-setting and leadership abilities.
Girl Scouts & Pacific Peaks Council serves more than 10,000 girls and adults in nine counties in southwestern Washington and two counties in northern Oregon. Today, as when founded in 1912, Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. In Girl Scouting – and its special girl-only environment – girls discover the fun, friendship, and the power of girls together. For more information on how to join, volunteer, or donate to the Girl Scouts, call (253) 475-0307, (800) 541-9852 or log-on at www.gsppc.org.