Thursday, December 16, 2010

Cookie Sale Endings and Beginnings

The activity of selling cookies is directly related to the Girl Scouts' purpose of helping all girls reach their full potential and helping them become strong, confident and resourceful citizens. All cookie proceeds stay local.

Missouri's St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that The Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois' 2010 Girl Scout Cookie Sale was a tremendous success as 10,427 girls sold 1,094,052 boxes of the tasty treats. Troop 1033's Bailey Meyer, from Smithton, was the Top Seller for Service Unit 209; and Troop 495's Sophia Hettenhausen, from Freeburg, was the Top Seller for Service Unit 210. Cookie Sale proceeds help the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois: recruit and train adult volunteers, provide financial assistance so Girl Scouting is available to all girls, improve and maintain camp properties, develop and deliver extensive program activities for girls Girl Scouts and cookies share a rich history.

The Cecil Whig reports that in Delaware, Eastern Maryland and Northern Virginia, Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council will begin this year's cookie sale on January 8. Eighty-five percent of the council's Girl Scouts participate in the annual sales campaign, which promotes life skills such as goal setting, planning, marketing, budgeting, record keeping, community relations and a sense of responsibility and achievement. In recent years, the council also has undertaken "Operation Taste of Home," which gives customers the option of making tax-deductable cookie purchases for local charities and military personnel serving overseas. Donated cookie purchases made through Operation Taste of Home now represents more than a quarter of the council's total annual sales. The program has shipped more than a million boxes of the tasty treats to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan through Dover Air Force Base.

Anyone who is interested in purchasing Girl Scout cookies, but does not already know a Girl Scout, can be directed to the council's nearest saleswoman by visiting