EAGLE COUNTY — It’s Girl Scout Cookie time! Cookies are on sale across Colorado through March 2, with booth sales in front of major retail locations starting Feb. 7.
Each purchase of Girl Scout Cookies supports girls in developing the skills of goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics.
Girl Scouts boasts an alumnae base of 59 million, and more than two-thirds of women business owners, CEOs, U.S. senators and congresswomen were Girl Scouts.
The organization began selling cookies in 1917, and today the program has grown into a $790 million girl-led business. In fact, this past year Colorado Girl Scouts earned $2.51 million for their activities, which included going to camp, traveling, completing a Take Action project to benefit the community, taking a leadership journey or earning badges on topics of interest.
‘TEACHING GIRLS BUSINESS SKILLS’
“Girl Scout Cookie time is all about teaching girls lifelong business skills,” said Stephanie Foote, president and CEO of Girl Scouts of Colorado. “The proceeds from these girl-led businesses go to fund all the adventures you get to have as a Girl Scout.”
Girl Scout Cookies cost $4 per package and all money raised supports girls in Girl Scouts of Colorado. Customers have the option to pay by credit card if the Girl Scout is participating in that program. This year, girls in Colorado will be selling the six most popular varieties, including Do-si-Dos, Samoas, Savannah Smiles, Tagalongs, Thin Mints and Trefoils.
All Girl Scout Cookies contain zero grams of trans fat per serving and Do-si-Dos, Savannah Smiles and Trefoils have no hydrogenated oils. Further information on cookie ingredients can be found at www.littlebrownie.com.
Girl Scouts are encouraged to ask friends and family to buy cookies online through email, social networking or text messaging. However, at this time, Girl Scouts cannot collect money online for cookie purchases.
HOMETOWN HEROES PROGRAM
During the cookie program, Girl Scouts can honor nonprofits, food banks, military and uniformed personnel through the Hometown Heroes and Gift of Caring Program. Through this program, customers can purchase cookies to donate to Girl Scouts’ heroes, a perfect solution for those who pass on the tempting treats.
Girls learn about the invaluable work of their recipients by taking tours, learning about careers in public service and helping with service projects. All such purchases are eligible for tax deduction. The 2014 goal for the Hometown Heroes program in Colorado is 200,000 packages.
FINDING A LOCAL COOKIE BOOTH
Also, Feb. 7 and 8 is National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend. Girl Scouts will be asking everyone to talk on social media about real-life skills learned through selling cookies.
Prizes, such as free cookies, will be given away on Girl Scouts of Colorado’s social media channels throughout the weekend. Join in by following Girl Scouts of Colorado on Facebook or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gscolo.