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Monday, February 4, 2013

National Girl Scout Cookie Day Celebrates

World's Largest Girl-Led Business

Girl Scouts are giving their cookie boxes an overhaul to highlight the real purpose of the cookie program, which is to teach girls five essential life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics, and people skills. To celebrate such a monumental program, this year Girl Scouts has named February 8 National Girl Scout Cookie Day.

"The public loves Girl Scout cookies, but many people don't realize there is so much more to cookies than what is inside the box. When a girl sells a box of cookies she is gaining life skills that are essential to successful leadership," states Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland CEO, Anne Soots. "Through management of their cookie business, girls gain decision making and people skills that will guide them as they become the leaders of our communities."

The direct sale component of the Girl Scout Cookie Program begins February 9th. "This is a great opportunity for the public to see first-hand the skills girls are learning and to help them polish their skills," says Soots. "We encourage you to say 'Hello' to the girls, look them in the eye and let them know if you were a Girl Scout and ask them about their goals and what their plans are for the money they earn. Remember, your purchase of Girl Scout cookies is helping girls learn skills that will last a lifetime."

Girl Scout Cookies will be sold through mid-March this year, with eight cookie varieties available: Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Shortbread, Thanks-A-Lot, Lemonades and new Mango Crèmes. Cookies are $4 per box, with all proceeds benefitting the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. For information, please visit www.girlscoutcookies.org or call the Girl Scout office at 877-312-4764.

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