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Girl Scouts Kicks Off Next Century of Female Entrepreneurs: 2018 Cookie Program


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Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama today enters the next century of Girl Scouts selling cookies. The Girl Scout Cookie Program® not only teaches girls essential entrepreneurial skills but also powers amazing experiences for them across the United States. After last year’s 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies, troops in the North-Central Alabama area are kicking off this season with the return of Girl Scout S’mores, the most popular flavor to launch in the 101 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies. Consumers can now help fuel transformative leadership experiences and build the next generation of entrepreneurs in North-Central Alabama by purchasing Girl Scout S’mores and classic favorites like Thin Mints® and Samoas®.

During Girl Scout Cookie season, each G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) sets out to sell delicious cookies while also building entrepreneurial and business skills that are imperative for leadership and future success. All of the net revenue raised from the Girl Scout Cookie Program—100 percent of it—stays within the North-Central Alabama area. Councils use cookie earnings to power amazing experiences for girls through their programming, while girls and their troops decide how to invest in impactful community projects, personal enrichment opportunities, and more. Further, skills girls learn in the cookie program also influence later success: data shows more than half (57 percent) of Girl Scout alumnae in business say the cookie program was beneficial to skills they possess today, such as money management, goal-setting, and public speaking.

From Huntsville to Demopolis, Girl Scouts are doing amazing things made possible by each and every cookie sale. However, girls’ cookie earnings alone aren’t enough to power the Girl Scout Movement—investing in girls is important year-round, not just during cookie season.

“We’re thrilled to enter the second generation of the Girl Scout Cookie Program,” said Karen Peterlin, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama. “This program is about so much more than tasty cookies. It allows girls learn five skills that are essential to leadership, to success, and to life: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.”

Last year, Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama debuted Girl Scout S’mores­– a crunchy graham sandwich cookie with a chocolate and marshmallowy filling, embossed with designs honoring Girl Scouts’ Outdoor badges—which are sure to be best-sellers again. This year, girls will sell cookies door-to-door and at booth sales as well as through the Digital Cookie® platform, an innovative and educational web-based addition to the cookie program that helps girls run and manage their Girl Scout Cookie businesses online. Now in its fourth year, the Digital Cookie platform continues to bring Girl Scout programming into the future by providing girls with invaluable business and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills that prepare them for 21st century leadership.

Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama will also celebrate the next century of female entrepreneurs during National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend 2018. From February 23 to 25, Girl Scout councils across the country will host events and set up booths for cookie enthusiasts to get their hands on the iconic treats and join in on the fun. To find out when Girl Scouts are selling cookies near you, visit www.girlscoutcookies.org or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, free on iOS and Android devices.