Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches Important Skills

Jan 02, 2014 Posted in Girl News, Home Page, Newsroom, Press Releases, Volunteer News

Contact: Lisa Shade, PR Manager
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Everyone has their favorite Girl Scout Cookie, and many look forward to the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program that kicks off the first week in January. All eight varieties return for 2014 – Samoas, Thin Mints, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs, Thank You Berry Munch, Dulce de Leche and Savannah Smiles.

Girl Scout Cookies are among the most well-known brands in the world, but few know about the important skills girls learn from the program: goal setting, money management, decision making, people skills and business ethics.

These are skills that girls use throughout their lives to help them excel, exceed and lead. No university has produced as many female business owners as the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

“Cookies open doors for western Pennsylvania girls in so many ways,” said Patricia Burkart, CEO of Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania. “Not only does the program teach important financial skills, it also funds many life-changing experiences for girls through camps, travel and programs.”

The Girl Scout Cookie Program helped make summer camp possible for Alexis Burkett and her troop. A Girl Scout from Beaver County, Alexis sold more than 1,500 boxes of cookies. “Cookies helped us go to Camp Elliott this past summer,” Alexis said. “We went swimming, hiking, and learned archery.”

This year, Alexis has set her goal high, aiming for 2,000 boxes in the 2014 Cookie Program. Alexis and her troop plan to use the proceeds to tackle adventure courses at summer camp. “It sounds so much fun,” she added.
Girl Scouts begin taking orders for cookies on January 3, 2014.

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