Every cookie has a mission

January 14th, 2010    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: Community

People say it’s just a cookie. What can a cookie do? A Girl Scout cookie can do a lot. It could send a girl to camp. It could help pay to refurbish a room at a homeless shelter. It could cheer up a soldier far from home.

A Girl Scout cookie could help buy school supplies for needy kids, or fly a troop of girls from Cincinnati, Harrison, or Middletown to Washington, D.C.

Some of these girls will come back to Washington as congresswomen or senators. One day our first female president may reminisce about the time she visited our capital and stood inside the Lincoln Memorial with her Girl Scout troop. The cookies you buy could be the ones that inspire a president.

When you buy Girl Scout cookies, girls decide where the money goes. They have big hearts and big imaginations.

Girl Scout cookies can help bring out the confidence in a girl. It's no easy thing to ask a stranger to buy something. You have to speak up, look them in the eye, believe in what you're doing, and believe in yourself. With every season of Girl Scout cookies, another generation of girls learns to set goals, make a plan, and manage money. As women, they'll need to know these things, whether their goal is to start a business, or a family. Indeed, no university has produced as many female business owners as has the Girl Scout cookie program.

"Girl Scouts is the best leadership development program for girls in the United States. Through the Girl Scout cookie sale, girls develop five essential skills: goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics," says Barbara J. Bonifas, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio CEO. "And troops often decide to spend some of their earnings investing in the community through service projects."

Girls in the greater Cincinnati area are currently taking Girl Scout cookie orders. All proceeds from the sale of Girl Scout cookies stay in the local community.

"Our annual Girl Scout Cookie activities, in addition to United Way funding, help us make the Girl Scout experience available to all girls who wants to participate," says Bonifas.

In addition to money earned by the girls, Girl Scout cookie proceeds fund vital services such as leader training and camp operations, as well as a wide variety of Girl Scout program initiatives.

Girl Scout cookies are a familiar part of American culture. For more than 80 years, Girl Scouts, with the enthusiastic support of their families, have helped ensure the success of local Girl Scout cookie activities. From its earliest beginnings to its current popularity, the sale of cookies has helped Girl Scouts have fun, develop valuable life skills, and make the world a better place by helping to support Girl Scouting in their communities.

This year Girl Scout cookies are available in eight varieties and sell for $3.50 per package. Perennial favorites include Thin Mints, Shortbreads, Caramel DeLites, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Peanut Butter Patties, Lemonades, Thanks-A-Lots and Reduced Fat Daisy Go Rounds (a crispy cinnamon snack).

In partnership with 15,000 adult volunteers, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio serves almost 50,000 girl members in 32 counties throughout western Ohio and southeastern Indiana. Chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA, the premier organization for and leading authority on girls, Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. To locate cookies, volunteer your time, make a donation, or find out more, please call 1-800-537-6241, or visit our website at www.girlscoutsofwesternohio.org.
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