Girl Scouts introduce new cookie for 100th anniversary, orders taken Jan. 2-22

Staff Report

There’s something sweet about turning 100! Since 2012 marks 100 years of Girl Scouting, it makes sense there would be a special Girl Scout Cookie to mark the milestone — introducing Savannah Smiles, a cool and crisp lemon wedge cookie, dusted with powdered sugar, and packed with just the right number of lemon chips to deliver tiny bursts of flavor.

The cookie is named for Savannah, Ga., where Girl Scout founder Juliette Low began the Girl Scout movement in 1912. The cookie’s curved shape is also designed in honor of the “Brownie Smile” each Girl Scout finds in her pocket, according to a well-known Girl Scout song.

Girl Scout Cookie orders will be taken Jan. 2-22 with delivery in mid-February. If you’re not approached by a Girl Scout, you can e-mail, and your cookie order will be passed on to a local Girl Scout!

This year’s cookie lineup also includes Trefoils, a delicate-tasting shortbread; Do-Si-Dos, a crunchy oatmeal cookie with peanut butter; and Samoas, a vanilla cookie covered with caramel, coconut, and a rich, chocolaty coating.

Dulce de Leche, inspired by the classic confections of Latin America, is a bite-size cookie with milk caramel chips. Thank U Berry Munch has tart cranberries nestled inside hearty cookies sweetened with white fudge chips.

Of course, you can’t forget Tagalongs, that tasty cookie topped with peanut butter and chocolate, or Thin Mints, the thin wafer covered with a smooth chocolaty coating and made with natural peppermint. Each variety will be on sale for $4 a box.

Proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program directly benefit girls in northern Illinois, supporting Girl Scout programs, camp scholarships, volunteer training, membership assistance, and outreach programs. Each troop receives a portion of the proceeds as discretionary funds for troop activities.

Local program among first to go digital

Local girls will now have the ability to switch to an online system to take Girl Scout Cookie orders and turn in their orders to volunteers.

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI) is one of just two councils in the nation piloting a digital Girl Scout Cookie Program using an enhanced website called Cookie Club: Next Generation. Every local Girl Scout family can create an account with this password-protected website.

Girls can send specially-designed e-mails asking for orders. Customers place orders by returning an online form that automatically registers in the girl’s account. If a girl takes orders using the traditional order card, she also records those in her account. Parents review orders for accuracy and submit the final online order for Girl Scout Cookies. In keeping with rules set by Girl Scouts of the USA, girls will still deliver the cookies and collect payment in person.

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois serves nearly 20,000 girls and 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.

Visit for more details or call 1-800-242-5591.

From the Dec. 28, 2011-Jan. 3, 2012, issue

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