Girl Scouts cookies are now available

COOKIES HAVE ARRIVED–Over the next few days, local Girl Scouts will be out delivering cookies that were ordered last month. In addition, many troops will also be holding cookie booths over the next few weeks to sell additional cookies. Pictured are several area troop leaders and volunteers sorting out just a portion of the cookies at TMW last Monday. The Girl Scouts of Northern Randolph County greatly appreciate TMW for allowing them to use their facility that day.

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) will join other Girl Scout councils across the United States on Feb. 23–25 to participate in National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend 2018.

This celebration rings in a new century of fun, learning, and excitement that selling cookies has powered for girls over the past 101 years. The weekend will highlight some of the most creative and successful Girl Scout Cookie entrepreneurs, as well as the positive change that cookie earnings make possible. One hundred percent of the net revenue girls raise through cookie sales stays within the local Girl Scout council to help fund programs, service projects and financial assistance. Customers who purchase cookies are making an important investment in their community and supporting fun and formative leadership experiences for girls.

During Girl Scout Cookie season, each amazing young G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) not only sells delicious cookies but also builds life skills, such as goal setting, people skills, and business ethics—all essential to 21st century leadership. Plus, the more cookies girls sell, the more funds they have to power community projects and exciting experiences like camping and traveling. Girls set goals to decide how they want to invest their earnings – choosing amazing opportunities like attending a computer programming program or going horseback riding. Many Girl Scouts choose to give back using their cookie money – from helping supply local food pantries to leading anti-bullying workshops, funds raised from the Girl Scout Cookie program helps Girl Scouts are do amazing things.

For more on the Girl Scouts, please see this week’s print edition.