Girl Scout Cookie Sales Underway

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Girl Scouts from troops across the county gathered Saturday for a cookie sale rally at the Piggott Community Center. Local Girl Scouts pictured here include, from left: Madison Blackwell, Allie Turner, Andrea Goans and Haley Reed.(courtesy photo)

Girl Scouts from across Clay County are ringing in the New Year by putting their entrepreneurial and leadership skills to work through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Local Girl Scouts kicked-off this year's sales campaign with a rally on Saturday, Jan. 10, at the Piggott Community Center and began taking orders for the iconic cookies.

This year the cost of the cookies is $4 per box, with proceeds supporting local Girl Scout troops and programs for the girls.

For 2015, there are eight flavors to choose from, including Do-si-Dos, Samoas, Tagalongs,Thin Mints, Trefoils, and Savannah Smiles, along with a new flavor this year- Rah-Rah Raisin. Also available to those who order online is a gluten free cookie, Toffee-tastic, giving cookie lovers everywhere a great selection to choose from in feeding that sweet tooth. As in previous years, Girl Scout cookies remain trans fat free.

And, for the first time in the Girl Scout Cookie Program's history, girls from local troops will be able to sell Girl Scout Cookies to customers through a brand new national Digital Cookie platform. The revolutionary addition to the Girl Scout Cookie Program will enhance and expand the program's ability to teach girls new skills for business and life. The groundbreaking platform will expand the iconic cookie program by adding a digital layer that broadens and strengthens the essential Five Skills girls learn in the traditional cookie program, including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the world, generating $790 million in annual sales. With their Girl Scout Cookie Program earnings, girls fund important community projects on a local level, and work together as a team to make a real impact in their communities.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program has long been a cherished tradition for girls and volunteers. As early as the 1930s, Girl Scouts were selling commercially-baked cookies in the now-famous Trefoil shape.

And for individuals who are not cookie fans, or perhaps watching their waistlines, there is the Gift of Caring Program that provides customers the opportunity to purchase Girl Scout Cookies that will be donated to either military troops or another charitable organization of the troop's choice.

Those wanting additional information on purchasing cookies locally may call 870 324-0690, 870 634-6215 or contact the local Girl Scout office at (800) 632-6894. You may also visit them online at www.girlscoutsdiamonds.org

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