Beginning this Saturday, Oct. 20, Girl Scouts across communities in northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri will call on family, friends and neighbors with tempting treats like Thin Mints, Caramel deLites or Peanut Butter Patties. From preparing for the cookie sale to delivering to customers, girls are learning the important business and interpersonal skills for future leadership opportunities.
More than 25,000 area Girls Scouts across the 47 county council will sell cookies this year and through their preparations will practice skills that top leaders use every day to manage the nation's corporations. These skills include goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics.
In addition to skill-building opportunities for girls, consumers will have the opportunity to enjoy a new tropical-inspired sandwich créme cookie with major vitamins. Mango Crémes, a crunchy vanilla and coconut cookies with a mango-flavored créme filling have all the nutrient benefits of eating cranberries, pomegranates, oranges, grapes and strawberries.
"This exciting innovation brings better-for-you benefits to Girl Scouts and is the first cookie of its kind," said council spokeswoman Gina Garvin.
The cookies sell for $3.50 per box. Of this amount, $2.42 per box will be used for troop and council programs and activities. Approximately, 200 million boxes of Girl Scout cookies are sold each year. The Northeast Kansas/Northwest Missouri council sells more than 2 million boxes annually.
Thin Mints are the most popular Girl Scout cookies sold and are produced at a rate of 2 million cookies per day in an oven as long as a football field.
For more information about the cookie program, visit www.gsksmo.org.
Girl Scouts is the largest organization for girls in the world. Its mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Through activities in science and technology, business and economic literacy, and outdoor and environmental awareness, Girl Scouting provides girls with opportunities for fun and friendship, while fostering development of leadership skills and self-esteem. Girl Scouts serves 2.3 million girl members from kindergarten through 12th grade. Girl Scouts of northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri is chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA and supports about 33,000 girl members and 9,000 adult volunteers.