February 22–24, Girl Scouts throughout western Pennsylvania and nationwide will participate in National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend 2019, celebrating the impactful entrepreneurial program that has sparked the success of millions of women. The Girl Scout Cookie Program®, the largest annual investment in girls in the United States, powers amazing experiences for girls as they learn invaluable entrepreneurial skills and make the world a better place.
Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (EMTA) and the “e” are helping local girls kick off National Girl Scout Weekend in Erie. Millcreek area Girl Scouts will be aboard the “e” Cookie Bus on Friday, February 22 stopping at locations to sell cookies and take donations to send cookies to the U.S. military through Operation: Sweet Appreciation. Planned stops for the “e” Cookie Bus include:
- City of Erie Municipal Building, State Street/South Park Row (9:30-10:15 a.m.)
- WSEE/WICU, State Street just north of West 38th Street (10:30-11a.m.)
- Mercyhurst University, between Trinity Green & Baldwin Hall (11:15-11:45 a.m.)
- JMC Ice Arena/Erie Zoo parking lot (11:55 a.m.-12:15 p.m.)
- Millcreek Mall, Food Court entrance (12:30-1 p.m.)
Girl Scouts will also be selling Girl Scout cookies at Gannon University’s Waldron Campus Center, 109 University Square, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and at Edinboro University’s Frank G. Pogue Student Center from noon-3 p.m.
All of the proceeds fund troop projects and experiences, as well as important programming for girls in western Pennsylvania, such as outdoor adventures and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). And many Girl Scouts invest their earnings back into their communities, which means that consumers are not just purchasing delicious cookies—they’re also supporting communities and a bright future for girls.
“The weekend is an exciting celebration for Girl Scouts, because it’s their opportunity to expand their reach into the community and drive towards their goals,” says Patricia A. Burkart, CEO of Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA). “This is when we see girls go beyond their comfort zone by approaching potential customers, looking them in the eye, and asking for their support. It’s these interactions with community members that build girls’ courage, confidence, and people skills that she’ll use in the classroom or on the debate team or, someday, during a job interview.”
Throughout the duration of the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie season, which will end on Sunday, March 17, eager customers will be able to get their hands on their favorite Girl Scout treats. In 2019, GSWPA is offering the following cookie varieties: Girl Scout S'mores®, Thin Mints®, Tagalongs®, Samoas®, Trefoils®, Do-si-Dos®, Savannah Smiles®, and Toffee-Tastic®, which is a gluten-free cookie.
Girl Scout Cookies can only be purchased from a registered Girl Scout. To find Girl Scouts selling cookies near you, visit www.girlscoutcookies.org or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, free on iOS and Android devices.