Girl Scouts accept Fall Product Program orders Oct. 14-28

October 12, 2011

Staff Report

Area Girl Scouts will be accepting orders for the 2011 Fall Product Program Oct. 14-28.

New to the product line-up this fall are chocolate-covered pretzels in a schoolhouse tin, blueberry pomegranate nut crunch, mint treasures, Zen crunch mix (wasabi peas, sesame sticks and various nuts) and chocolate truffles (sugar-free).

Returning favorites are caramel treasures (in a suitcase tin to celebrate Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary in 2012), chocolate-covered raisins, malted milk balls, deluxe pecan clusters and peanut butter dreams.

Nut items include whole cashews, honey-roasted peanuts and chocolate-covered almonds and peanuts.

A sweet fruit slice assortment is also offered, in addition to a combo three-pack of cashews, peanuts and wasabi almonds.

Food products range from $5 to $10.

Girls are also able to offer magazine subscriptions through door-to-door sales or online ordering.

Visit http://www.girlscoutsni.org/fall_product_line.html for product previews. To order, ask a local Girl Scout or e-mail your order to info@girlscoutsni.org, where it will be filled and delivered by a Girl Scout in your area.

The Fall Product Program aims to assist girls in developing goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people and business ethics skills.

Proceeds from the Fall Products Program help troops to fund activities and service projects that begin long before the Winter Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Girl Scout Product Programs differ from traditional fund-raisers by encouraging girls to work together to decide how to spend troop funds, rather than dictating what the money will be used toward.

Gift of Caring Program

Any community member may energize and encourage members of the military through the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois’ Gift of Caring Program.

A $5 donation purchases one candy/nut item, and four $5 donations purchases one subscription to a magazine.

All candy, nuts and magazine subscriptions are ordered virtually and donated directly to the military. Each donation will be accompanied by a girl’s personal thank-you note or drawing.

Creative Funding Opportunity Program

The Creative Funding Opportunity (CFO) Program is designed specifically for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors (grades six through 12) who participate in the Fall Product Program. It allows girls to hone their communications skills by connecting with local businesses.

This direct contact not only offers businesses an online means to purchase quality products for corporate gift-giving but also opens up career exploration opportunities for girls.

The CFO Program offers a deluxe line of products in elegant tins and cut-glass jars. Product previews are available at www.ashdonfarmscfo.com. All items are ordered online, with credit for the purchase going to the girl or troop participating in the CFO Program.

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois serves more than 20,000 girls and nearly 6,000 adult volunteers in parts or all of Boone, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago counties.

Call (800) 242-5591 or visit www.girlscoutsni.org for more information.

From the Oct. 12-18, 2011, issue

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