Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay will go door-to-door to begin taking orders for Girl Scout Cookies starting Saturday, Jan. 7. The 2017 cookie season marks the 100th year of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts. This year, local Girl Scouts will offer eight cookie varieties - Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-si-dos, and Savannah Smiles, gluten-free Toffee-tastic, and the new S'mores. Girl Scout Cookies are $4 per box with the exception of Toffee-tastics and S'mores at $5 per box.
Cookie booth sales begin Friday, Feb. 17, at local businesses throughout the Delmarva Peninsula. Girls also take donations of Girl Scout cookies for Operation Taste of Home and local community groups. Operation Taste of Home cookies are donated to the armed forces and local agencies, such as food banks and pantries, blood banks, cancer centers and youth programs.
Individuals interested in purchasing cookies or donating to Operation Taste of Home can call the Cookie Hotline at 1-800-YUM-YUM2. To locate a cookie booth sale go to www.GSCB.org.
The Girl Scouts Cookie Program is about more than just great-tasting cookies. By participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls learn five skills that last into adulthood such as goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Every girl is encouraged to set and work toward achieving both a team and personal goal. It also raises funds to support troop and council activities. The benefits of the cookie program have been hailed by many of today's businesswomen, who cite selling Girl Scout Cookies as their first step toward successful careers.
All of the proceeds from a local council's cookie activities remain in the area where the cookies are sold. This revenue is used to benefit girls, some of it directly by remaining in the Girl Scout troop treasuries, and some of it indirectly by funding council-led programs for Girl Scouts. Each year, more than 9,000 Girl Scouts from the Delmarva Peninsula participate in the cookie program, selling over 1 million boxes of cookies to the community.