Local Girl Scouts to start taking orders for cookies this Saturday
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.
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.
Girl Scout Troop 534 created a Charlie Brown-themed float for the Centreville Christmas Parade on Dec. 2.