GirlScoutCookies The Girl Scout Cookie Sale in western Washington started Friday (March 1), and runs until March 17, so be on the lookout for these young, local entrepreneurs around town! They’re selling six cookie varieties and, in many areas, the girls will be accepting payment by credit card this year. You can also download a new mobile cookie locator App by dialing *GSCOOKIES (*472665437) on your mobile phone, or access it online here to find the nearest cookies on sale. “Beyond the great taste and super-cool ways to buy and find Girl Scout Cookies, girls learn important skills by selling cookies,” reads an announcement. “You’ve got the shy girl who gained confidence, or the girl whose math skills improved thanks to all the thinking on her feet she had to do! Some girls learn that they want to go into business, and now have many of the skills to do that, all thanks to cookies!” Fun Cookie Facts:

  • In 2012, girls in western Washington sold 3,093,834 boxes of Girl Scout cookies in 17 counties.
  • Do-Si-Do’s and Tagalongs require 230,000 pounds of peanut butter per week.
  • Nearly 4.5 million Thin Mints are baked per day during Girl Scout Cookie season.
What Can a Cookie Do? For many girls, the Girl Scout Cookie Program is their first entrepreneurial venture and helps foster a sense of achievement that resonates far into the future. Many of today’s successful businesswomen credit their professional accomplishments to their early start in the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Because of this experience, they learned how to be members of a team, work toward a common goal, interact with customers in a professional manner, follow through on a commitment, and strive to do their best. Selling cookies helps girls develop a wide range of skills, including:
  • Goal setting
  • Decision making
  • Money management
  • People skills
  • Business ethics
What Your Cookie Purchase Funds A portion of the money raised goes directly to local troops selling cookies, which allows troops to finance program goals and activities such as field trips, camp outings, and community service projects. The remainder helps make Girl Scouting available to every girl in western Washington who would like to participate. Proceeds also help Girl Scouts of Western Washington recruit and train volunteers, maintain campgrounds, and support initiatives such as outreach, science activities, career workshops and financial assistance. About Girl Scouts of Western Washington With the help of nearly 13,000 volunteers, Girl Scouts of Western Washington serves more than 26,000 girls in 17 counties in western Washington. Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts gives every girl access to life-changing experiences that inspire her to do something big. Here’s a video explaining the virtues of Girl Scout Cookies: [youtube][/youtube]]]>

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