• Special to the Leader & Times
Girl Scouts across 80 Kansas counties are gearing up for the 2011 Girl Scout Cookie Sale that begins Jan. 22 and runs through March 13. The cookie sale is a highly anticipated community event, with Girl Scouts attempting to reach sales goals to attend camps/events and the public eagerly awaiting their favorite sweets.
Eight varieties of Girl Scout Cookies are available for $3.50 per box (Thin Mints, Shortbread, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Lemonades, Caramel deLites, Thanks-A-Lot and Shout Outs). Proceeds from the cookie sale are used to benefit local girls, helping them pay for summer camp experiences, purchase uniforms and much more. The sale also funds programs and services throughout the year and ensures that Girl Scouting will be available in the future.
For more than 90 years, the Girl Scout Cookie Program has helped girls foster a sense of personal and collective empowerment by promoting skills they will use throughout their lives. Through this annual activity, girls ages 5 to 17 learn how to set goals, develop action plans, work as a team and cultivate a sense of business ethics – and most of all, have fun!
New this year are the Shout Outs, caramelized shortbread cookies with inspirational phrases such as Believe, Create and Lead. Another change customers may notice is a new package for Thanks-A-Lot cookies. By eliminating the carton, more than 150 tons of paperboard will be kept out of the waste stream – enough to fill 14 garbage trucks!
Girl Scout Cookie Sale Begins Saturday, Jan. 22
For Girl Scouts who want to start their Cookie Sale off with a bang, Girl Scout of Kansas Heartland will be hosting Cookie Kickoff events around the council. Cookie Kickoffs are not only a fun way to celebrate cookie time; they’re also a great way to increase sales. Girl Scouts who attend a kickoff event have been shown to sell more boxes of cookies than those who don't.
Liberal Cookie Kick-off
6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 21
Randall Girl Scouts Cabin
Light Park in L:iberal
Girl Scouts will soon be making their way around the community to tell customers more about the cookie varieties being sold this year and how the money they earn will enrich their Girl Scout experience. Community members may also call our Cookie Hotline at 888-686-MINT to get in touch with Girl Scout troops in their neighborhoods to buy cookies or visit kansasgirlscouts.org for more information.