The Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Service Unit 30 braved the cold weather at their Cookie Kick-off Jan. 6. Gathered at the Lewes Public Library, the girls learned about the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program. It isn't just a cookie sale – it's a hands-on leadership and business program for girls.
Girls learn business basics and financial literacy as they sell cookies and manage Girl Scout Cookie booths. The program focuses on five skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics, which all have aspects that are essential to leadership, success and life. Girl Scouts are now going door-to-door to begin taking orders for Girl Scout Cookies.
This year, local Girl Scouts will offer eight cookie varieties - Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-si-dos, Savannah Smiles, S'mores and gluten-free Toffee-tastic. Most Girl Scout Cookies are $4 per box, except for the specialty cookies Toffee-tastics and S'mores, which are $5 per box.
Cookie booth sales begin Friday, Feb. 9, at local businesses throughout the Delmarva Peninsula. Girls will also take donations of Girl Scout Cookies for Operation Taste of Home, which delivers the cookies to armed forces members, and local food banks and pantries. For more information about ordering cookies or donating to Operation Taste of Home, 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. Every girl is encouraged to set and work toward achieving both team and personal goals. The program 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.