GLEN CARBON — The 2015 Girl Scout Cookie Program is here.
Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois will kick off the cookie program Jan. 10-31 during the first Cookie Booth Weekend of the season. At these Cookie Booths, customers can purchase cookies directly from girls at various locations throughout southern Illinois. Traditional cookie order takes place from Jan. 10 through Jan. 31, with Girl Scouts taking orders for the delicious treats — which will be delivered in late February. To get connected to a Girl Scout in your area, call (800) 345-6858 or visit http://bit.ly/CookieFinder. Customer demand for Girl Scout Cookies following delivery has been high historically, so additional Cookie Booth Weekends will be held Feb. 27 through March 15. Find Girl Scout Cookie Booths by using the Girl Scout Cookie app or Little Brownie Baker’s Cookie Locator at http://cookielocator.littlebrownie.com/.
This year, girls will be able to sell Girl Scout cookies online through a new program called Digital Cookie, which couples traditional sales activities with online and mobile sales experiences that teach girls online marketing and ecommerce.
In addition, 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the Samoa Girl Scout Cookie. Samoa cookies, which are coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut and striped with dark chocolate, have been a favorite of many customers for 40 years.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates immeasurable benefits for girls and their communities. Girls who participate in the 2015 Girl Scout Cookie Program benefit from “learning by earning” and develop five life skills –— goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Girls use their proceeds to support their chosen activities for the year, to fund community service and leadership projects, to attend summer camp or to travel to destinations near and far. In addition, proceeds from the program help GSSI recruit and train adult volunteers, provide financial assistance so Girl Scouting is available to all girls, improve and maintain camp properties and develop and deliver quality program activities for girls.