Girl Scout Cookie orders taken until Jan. 30, or March 9 online

Staff Report

Girl Scout Cookie orders are being taken now through Jan. 30.

New this year is Rah-Rah Raisins, a cookie featuring whole grain oats, plump juicy raisins, and trendy Greek yogurt-flavored chunks. The team of flavors in this new, crisp cookie is likely to attract customers and increase sales. The rich, creamy taste of Greek yogurt has exploded in popularity over the last several years. And, in a national Girl Scout Cookie survey, more than 65 percent of participants indicated they wanted an oatmeal raisin Girl Scout Cookie.

This year’s cookie lineup also 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 sells for $4 a box.

Also new this year is a national Digital Cookie platform. This revolutionary addition to the Girl Scout Cookie Program expands the program’s ability to teach girls new skills for business and life. Digital Cookie 1.0 is a pilot program that allows girls to sell cookies online. The online platform runs through March 9. Each girl will have her own sharable URL where customers may order cookies directly from her. Digital Cookie 1.0 will not replace the traditional order-taking method girls currently use. However, it is a new channel for girls to market and sell cookies while enhancing their leadership and five skills experience.

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 between offering customers the chance to purchase cookies for members of the military or purchase cookies for a community organization designated by the troop.

If you’re not approached by a Girl Scout, email cookies4you@girlscoutsni.org, 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. Each troop receives a portion of proceeds to use as funds for troop activities. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is one of the few youth-oriented programs in the country that provides its participants the ability to decide how to direct the proceeds generated through their business activity.

Girl Scout Cookie Program benefits

Through Girl Scouting, girls become leaders in their daily lives and prepare for their futures. To millions of girls, Girl Scout Cookies provide an opportunity to travel, explore science and math, and learn about a career. Because not only are these cookies great, but they are at the center of the nation’s largest business and economic literacy program for girls. The Girl Scout Cookie Program provides an important ingredient for leadership by helping girls develop the five key skills of goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois has 15,000 girl and 5,000 adult members across 16 counties including Boone, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago.

To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsni.org or call 1-800-242-5591.

Posted Jan. 14, 2015

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