Girl Scouts offer new treat for 2012 drive

By William K. Alcorn


The annual Girl Scouts door-to-door cookie sales, the organization’s primary fundraiser, has begun with a new treat.

Girl Scouts North East Ohio (GSNEO), which includes Mahoning and Trumbull counties, are taking orders for Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Dulce de Leche, and Thank U Berry Munch. Each box costs $3.50, and cookies will arrive the week of Feb. 13.

This year, Little Brownie Bakers is paying tribute to the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting with a new cookie, Savannah Smiles. It is a crisp lemon wedge cookie with lemon chips “that deliver tiny bursts of flavor,” according to the GSNEO

“When you hold the Savannah Smiles cookie right, you’ll be reminded of that world-famous ‘girl scout smile’,” said Kimberley Graves, GSNEO communications coordinator.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates large benefits for girls, their council and communities, Graves said.

Girls set cookie goals to support their chosen activities for the year, to fund community-service projects, to attend summer camp and to provide events for girls in their community, she said.

The cookie program also helps scouts develop skills in goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics, Graves said.

The Girl Scout organization is also suggesting that customers purchase cookies not only for themselves, but to make a donation to U.S. military personnel overseas through Operation: Sweet Appreciation.

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