This year’s Girl Scout Cookie sale has some fresh, new aspects, including a special cookie created just for the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts of the USA: Savannah Smiles. It is a cool, crisp lemon cookie with just the right number of lemon chips to delivery tiny bursts of flavor – and the cookie is named after the birthplace of Girl Scouting: Savannah, Ga.
Additionally, some troops within the Southern Appalachians council will participate in a pilot program in which the Girl Scouts will accept payment for cookies by credit card using a device called GoPayment, a free credit card reader that clips onto smartphones.
Also recently announced was the FREE “Girl Scout Cookie Locator” smartphone app, which allows users to locate Girl Scout Cookies for sale in their neighborhood.
Eight varieties of Girl Scout Cookies will be sold at booths this year: Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-si-dos, Trefoils, Savannah Smiles, Dulce de Leche and Thank U BerryMunch. The price per box remains $3.50, and booth sales are February 17 through March 11.
“Girl Scout Cookie season is an exciting time for our council,” said Booth Kammann, CEO of Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians (GSCSA). “Proceeds from the sale can help send a Girl Scout to camp, help pay for clothes for an abuse victim rushed to a shelter or cheer up a soldier far from home.”
“This program encourages entrepreneurship, goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Selling cookies teaches girls valuable lessons that will impact their futures in an extremely positive way,” said Kammann.
Some troops will even participate in the “Bling My Booth” competition, in which they will go all-out to decorate cookie booths with special themes. In 2012, girls will decorate cookie booths to celebrate the Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary. Girls will then post booth photos on the council’s website, and tens-of-thousands of fans will go online to vote for their favorites.
All proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie sale stay within the council. Some earnings go directly to troops for girls to decide how to use – from paying for special events to funding community service projects.
About Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians
The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians has more than 20,000 girl and adult members stretching from North Georgia to Southwest Virginia. Service centers are located in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Johnson City. Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The council offers financial assistance to ensure that every girl who wants to be a Girl Scout has the opportunity to join this vibrant organization.
Sarah Malak Pope, Ackermann PR