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Girl Scouts Kicks Off Next Century of Female Entrepreneurs This Cookie Season


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This Saturday, January 13th, the 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Sale officially begins in Southern Arizona! Nationwide, Girl Scouts are entering their second century of Girl Scouts selling cookies. Given that more than half (57 percent) of Girl Scout alumnae in business fields credit the Girl Scout Cookie Program® with developing skills they use today—including money management, goal setting, and public speaking—selling Girl Scout Cookies has helped millions of female entrepreneurs over the past 100 years spark their careers. 

During Girl Scout Cookie season, participating Girl Scouts here in Southern Arizona show their G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ spirit as they sell delicious cookies, building essential entrepreneurial skills along the way that are imperative to leadership and future success. And the funds from every cookie purchase power amazing experiences for girls year-round, like camping adventures, world traveling, Take Action projects that benefit our community, and more! That’s because all of the net revenue from cookie sales—100 percent of it—stays here in Southern Arizona, to benefit local girls. 

Troops in Southern Arizona are kicking off this season with the return of Girl Scout S’mores™, the most popular flavor to launch in the 101 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies. Community members can fuel transformative leadership experiences for girls and help build the next generation of female entrepreneurs by purchasing Girl Scout S’mores as well as classic favorites like Thin Mints®, Samoas®, and more. Girl Scouts will sell cookies door-to-door and at booth sales at local stores, as well as through the Digital Cookie® platform, an innovative and educational web-based addition to the cookie program that helps girls run and manage their Girl Scout Cookie businesses online, preparing them for a lifetime of leadership by building 21st century skills.

“Through the Girl Scout Cookie program, girls are doing much more than selling a box of cookies,” says Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona CEO Debbie Rich. “Today’s cookie sellers learn the skills they will need to be tomorrow’s business leaders and entrepreneurs—as well as skills like goal-setting, decision-making, and people skills, which professionals in every field need in order to succeed. Girls are also contributing to our community right now, through incredible cookie-powered service projects."

In addition to using their cookie money rewards for activities and adventures, individual Girl Scouts and their troops use the funds they raise with the Cookie Program to bring their service ideas to life though gifts of caring projects. Whether the girls are caring for their environment, promoting literacy, or campaigning for social issues, cookie proceeds can help them reach their community service and leadership goals. 

Do-Si-Dos®, Samoas®, Savannah Smiles®, Tagalongs®, Thin Mints®, Trefoils®, Girl Scout S’mores®, and gluten-free Toffee Tastics are $5 a box. 100% of the proceeds from the Cookie Program stay here in Southern Arizona to support local Girl Scouting and the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through council-sponsored programs, events activities, and scholarships for girls, as well as cookie rewards, like summer camp.

To locate cookies through a troop or cookie booth near you, visit www.girlscoutssoaz.org and look for the cookie app locator.