Lo­cal Girl Scouts to start tak­ing or­ders for cook­ies this Satur­day

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — 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 on 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 our 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-YUMYUM2. To lo­cate a cookie booth sale in your area 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 was 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 one mil­lion boxes of cook­ies to the com­mu­nity.

One hun­dred years ago, the first Girl Scout troop was founded on the Del­marva Penin­sula. With nearly 10,000 girls sup­ported by 3,600 amaz­ing adult vol­un­teers, Girl Scouts of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay helps girls dis­cover their strengths, pas­sions and tal­ents.

Today, the Girl Scout mis­sion of build­ing girls of courage, con­fi­dence and char­ac­ter who make the world a bet­ter place is con­tin­ued. And with pro­grams for girls in 14 coun­ties in Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Mary­land and Vir­ginia, Girl Scouts of­fers today’s girls a chance to do some­thing amaz­ing.

To vol­un­teer, re­con­nect, do­nate or join, visit www. GSCB.org or call 1-800-3414007 or 1-800-374-9811.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

Mem­bers of Girl Scout Troop 446, spon­sored by the Kent Is­land Elks, Lodge 2576, in Stevensville, shown with adult lead­ers, in­side Hauer Hall at the Elks lodge, Thurs­day evening, Dec. 15, work­ing on their ginger­bread houses. The Daisys and Brown­ies worked to­gether com­plet­ing their crafts for Christ­mas.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

Girl Scout Troop 534 cre­ated a Char­lie Brown-themed float for the Cen­tre­ville Christ­mas Pa­rade on Dec. 2.

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