COAST CITIES — It is Girl Scout cookie time again, and this year’s boxes have a fresh design. The changes showcase how the world’s biggest girl-run business teaches them key business and life skills – while helping fund programs that build girls of courage, confidence and character.The newly revamped boxes now include pictures of Girl Scouts engaged in pursuits ranging from kayaking and dance to public speaking and community service, captioned with quotes from the girls. The recognitions girls can earn, such as the Financial Literacy badge and Girl Scout Gold Award, are also featured.
Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, participants learn real-world lessons about goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Girls set personal and troop goals for cookie sales, then work together to decide how to use their proceeds. They learn how to track earnings, interact with adults and divide work fairly.
Girl Scouts began selling cookies door-to-door Jan. 27. All proceeds stay local.
“We appreciate San Diegans’ support of the Cookie Program,” said Girl Scouts San Diego Chief Executive Officer Jo Dee C. Jacob. “Troops fund their service projects and activities with cookie money. And our council uses its share of the proceeds to provide programs, camps, volunteer training, and the financial assistance that keeps Girl Scouting available and affordable for 31,000 local girls.”
Kat Legier of Cadette Troop 4948 is among the thousands of business-leaders-in-the-making preparing to sell America’s favorite treat. A resident of Oceanside, Kat has been selling Girl Scout cookies for five years and credits the program with teaching her about teamwork, optimism and goal setting.
“You may see it as a midnight snack, but to me, each purchase means much more,” said Legier. “I see it as a camping trip or a road trip with my troop.”
The Girl Scout Cookie Program began in 1917, the year Girl Scouting started in San Diego. This year, San Diego Girl Scouts will sell Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos and Savannah Smiles.
Through the Operation Thin Mint program, customers can also purchase Girl Scout cookies for U.S. military troops. Since the program’s debut in 2002, generous San Diegans have donated over two million boxes of cookies and written countless notes of support to deployed military serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, Japan and Korea, and aboard ships patrolling the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean. Donations are tax-deductable.
For more information, go to sdgirlscouts.org/cookies.