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Yes, the Girl Scout Cookie Program you know and love is going beyond the booth and offering more ways to buy cookies and support girls' learning than ever before.

 

And the best part is that Digital Cookie helps take the five essential life skills girls learn through the traditional cookie program to a whole new level—introducing critical lessons about online marketing, application use, and ecommerce to more than one million excited Girl Scouts, in real-time.

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We have been alerted that an online flyer is calling for a boycott of Girl Scout Cookies. It is based on a wealth of misinformation. First and foremost, the mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. This is not a political mission. Girl Scouts of the USA and Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will not tolerate special interest groups linking its name to any political issue in order to advance an agenda, nor will it tolerate individuals and organizations that misuse its name and/or brand. That said, we aim to supply our Girl Scout family with all information and materials necessary to deliver the truth to our supporters.


In light of multiple articles alleging Girl Scouts has ties to certain organizations, here are some key facts to consider.

  • Girl Scouts has not endorsed any person or organization. Girl Scouts has not endorsed any political party or politician.
  • Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois does not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood.
  • Girl Scouts of the USA does not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood.
  • Girl Scouts does not take a position on reproductive issues. We believe these are matters that are best discussed within the family.
  • We feel our role is to help girls develop self-confidence and good decision-making skills that will help them make wise choices in all areas of their lives.

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Congratulations to the following troops for winning this year’s Bling Your Booth Contest. All winners will receive gift certificates to our Council Store.

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Looking for something to make for The Great Girl Scout Cookie Challenge? Why not try this making this Thin Mint Popcorn? Entries are accepted through March 31, 2013. Don't miss your chance to win a basket full of baking supplies valued at $100!

The Great Girl Scout Cookie Challenge

We all know Girl Scout Cookies are amazing right out of the box. But did you know they also work great as ingredients in a number of recipes, too? We want to know - what’s your favorite recipe using Girl Scout Cookies? If you tell us, you will be entered in a drawing to win a Baking Basket valued at $100!

Great news! Wal-Mart is reexamining its solicitation policies regarding storefront activity and is now permitting Girl Scouts to continue to sell cookies in front of stores, including Sam’s Club locations, across the country!

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5 for Five! Contest

This year, GSNI is pleased to announce our 5 for Five! Contest, running during Cookie Booth Season from March 1 through March 24, 2013. When a customer purchases five boxes of Girl Scout Cookies at a Cookie Booth, they will be given a raffle ticket to win 25 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies. The customer will be directed to our website to enter the contest. Entries must be submitted via our website by March 29 at 12 Noon .

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While delivering Girl Scout Cookies this week, don't forget about these helpful tips:


  • Girls wear a membership pin, uniform, or Girl Scout clothing (e.g., Girl Scout T‐shirt) to clearly identify themselves as Girl Scouts.

  • Girls and accompanying adults are familiar with the areas and neighborhoods where product sales take place.

  • Girls participate in door‐to‐door sales only during daylight hours.

  • Use safe pedestrian practices, especially when crossing at busy intersections. Do not enter the home of a stranger.

  • Do not carry large amounts of money. Provision for safeguarding the money is made in advance.


Also, we wanted to mention if you missed the Booth Buzz meetings held at GSNI Service Centers earlier this month, you can get some great ideas by watching the How to Host a Successful Cookie Booth training videos from Mari Kaye Rath's presentation.

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Last Friday, February 8, 2013, was the first ever National Girl Scout Cookie Day! GSNI celebrated at all four Service Centers by inviting everyone in for a FREE Girl Scout Cookie Tasting. Visitors had an opportunity to learn more about the five skills Girl Scouts learn through the Girl Scout Cookie Program and order Girl Scout Cookies.

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Every year, more than 50 million boxes Girl Scout Cookies are sold and enjoyed by people across the country. However, Girl Scout Cookies are more than just delicious. They are the product of the world’s largest girl-led business. We wanted to take some time to highlight five skills that girls learn while participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

GSUSA Cookie BoxWhat Girls Learn and Why It Matters

Goal Setting: Girl Scouts set cookie goals and develop a plan to reach those goals. When the time comes, she’ll be ready to create a well-thought-out plan for researching colleges and applying for scholarships.

Decision Making: Girl Scouts decide with their team how they will spend their cookie proceeds. As she grows up, she’ll know when and how to give back to her community.

Money ManagementGirl Scouts take cookie orders and handle customers' money. She can handle a checking account, help with the grocery shopping and even stay on top of her cell phone bill!

People SkillsGirl Scouts learn how to talk and listen to all types of people while selling cookies. She can work well with others on school projects or as part of a sports team.

Business EthicsGirl Scouts are honest and responsible in  every step of Girl Scout Cookie Program. She will develop excellent references for when she looks for her first job or applies for college.

When you purchase Girl Scout Cookies, your box of cookies is your reward for enriching this learning experience for Girl Scouts. Having exposure to the Girl Scout Cookie Program gives girls the skills they need to make the world a better place.

Join us in celebrating the Girl Scout Cookie Program during National Girl Scout Cookie Day on Friday, February 8, at all GSNI Service Centers. You can taste FREE Cookies from 4-6 p.m.! Also, this will be your first opportunity to purchase the National Girl Scout Cookie Day Commemorative Patch. Click here for full details on our events.

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National Girl Scout Cookie DayGirl Scouts of the USA has declared Friday, February 8, as the first-ever National Girl Scout Cookie Day! National Girl Scout Cookie Day highlights the 5 Skills Girl Scouts learn through the World’s Largest Girl-led Business – The Girl Scout Cookie Program. These skills include: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills and Business Ethics.