Girl Scout Cookie sales begin; teaches business skills

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Girl Scout cookie sales begin January 11 in Central Indiana.  Cookies will start arriving around February 3.

Since 1917, the Girl Scout Cookie Program has become a famous annual event that has helped girls develop important leadership skills they will use throughout their lives.

"The Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls how to run their own business," says Deborah Hearn Smith, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. "They write marketing plans, create budgets, and set goals, while having fun with their friends. Then they use their proceeds to do community service projects and participate in hands-on activities including science and technology."

The entire troop sets a goal and follows a plan leading toward that goal. Girl Scout troops use funds from the cookie activity to fund a service project or to plan for an exciting trip. Many successful women have credited their business skills to the Girl Scout Cookie Program, making it the premier business and economic literacy program for girls in the United States.

Girl Scout cookies come in six varieties, including Do-Si-Dos, Samoas, Savannah Smiles, Tagalongs, Thin Mints, and Trefoils. The cost is only $4 per package.

Again this year, Girl Scouts across central Indiana will also sell cookies for Operation: Cookie Drop, which benefits military men and women. Girls will ask customers to purchase Girl Scout cookies that will be distributed to soldiers stationed at military bases across central Indiana, along with retired military personnel. Last year, more than 77,000 packages of Girl Scout cookies were delivered to the military to thank them for their sacrifice while serving our country.

Customers who buy cookies from their local Girl Scouts can be assured the proceeds will directly benefit Girl Scouts in their community. A portion of each package of Girl Scout cookies sold goes to Girl Scout troops to fund activities such as trips, hands-on science and technology activities, and community service projects.

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana receives a portion of the proceeds to fund scholarships for summer camp, recruitment and training of adult volunteers, and to support council-wide initiatives.

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana serves more than 40,000 girls in 45 counties across central Indiana.

Girl Scout cookies may be ordered directly from participating Girl Scouts by clicking here or by calling toll-free 855-GSCIN-4U (855-472-4648).