Girl Scout Cookie orders being taken through Jan. 22

Staff Report

Local Girl Scouts will take orders for the 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Program Jan. 1-22. This year, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI) will add “5 for Five,” an incentive program for customers who purchase five or more boxes of cookies in a single order. In honor of the five skills girls learn through the cookie program, “5 for Five” allows customers who purchases five or more boxes in a single transaction to enter into a drawing to win 25 boxes of cookies. Each purchase of five boxes equals one entry into the drawing. So, customers who order more in increments of five boxes will receive even more chances to win.

GSNI is also participating in the Super Six Program, where girls will offer the six top-selling varieties of Girl Scout Cookies, as opposed to the traditional eight. This year’s cookie lineup includes Do-Si-Dos, a crunchy oatmeal cookie with peanut butter, and Samoas, a vanilla cookie covered with caramel, coconut and a rich, chocolaty coating. Of course, you can’t forget Tagalongs, a 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. Girls will also take orders for Trefoils, a delicate-tasting shortbread, and Savannah Smiles, a cool and crisp lemon wedge cookie. Each cookie variety will be on sale for $4 a box.

Girls also have the opportunity to give back to their community through the Girl Scout Cookie Program with the Gift of Caring: Cookies for the Military or the Community Gift of Caring. Girls can choose from offering customers the chance to purchase cookies for soldiers, or purchase cookies for a community organization designated by the troop.

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.

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. In fact, the Girl Scout Cookie Program is one of the few youth-oriented programs in the country providing its participants the ability to decide how to direct the proceeds generated through their business activity.

GSNI serves more than 17,000 girls and 4,000 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.

From the Jan. 8-14, 2014, issue

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