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Girl Scout cookie time comes early

Published: Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 4:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 11:58 a.m. CDT

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois (GSCI) for the first time will take pre-orders for cookie sales. Starting Dec. 20, the girls began taking pre-orders using the traditional order card format. Direct sale of cookies will then begin on Feb. 3, 2014.

By introducing the opportunity to take pre-orders, cookie customers are able to ensure supply of their favorite Girl Scout cookies, and troops get a solid base of how many boxes they need to order to fulfill the demand in their areas. Troops will then place their pre-orders as well as order extra cases they will use for direct customer sales.

“Last year was the first year Girl Scouts of Central Illinois used the direct sale format, and the troops were very successful. By using this format, troop profits increased by 25 to 35 percent; more girls earned free membership; participants earned 26 percent more Cookie Dough; and we had over 110 percent more girls reach the 250- and 500-box level. But the success did not come without a few growing pains,” Pam Kovacevich, CEO of GSCI, said. “The pre-order approach will allow Girl Scouts to set higher and more accurate goals, as well as carry the right supply for their buyers.”

The new cookie on the sheet this year is Cranberry Citrus Crisp. Cookie lovers can also place their orders early for all their traditional favorites, including Thin Mints, Shortbread, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Caramel deLites, Lemonades, and Thanks-A-Lots.

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois will also once again participate in Operation Cookie Share. The effort to provide cookies to military troops domestically and overseas started in 2010. Since then, GSCI has provided more than $825,000 worth of Girl Scout cookies to the women and men in our armed forces at home and abroad. In fact, Girl Scouts of Central Illinois were so successful that this achievement is entered in the Illinois Congressional Records.

“The cookie program is something our girls and the communities look forward to every year. Not only is it fun and exciting for the Girl Scouts, it teaches them a number of skills – both social and academic – that will help them grow as students and future business leaders,” Kovacevich added.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program has grown into a leading business and financial literacy program that is run by and for girls.The program provides an important ingredient for leadership by helping girls develop five key skills:

• Goal setting

• Decision making

• Money management

• People skills

• Business ethics

The financial literacy skills taught through Girl Scouts have proven to be a key factor in shaping financial and personal success for alumnae. An impact study about the value of Girl Scouting reveals that Girl Scout alumnae have a higher income/socioeconomic status, a greater level of civic engagement, and are overall more successful than their non-Girl Scout peers (published by the Girl Scout Research Institute, 2012).

Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the world’s pre-eminent leadership development organization for girls with 8.2 million girl and adult members worldwide.  Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Central Illinois serves 21,000 girls and 5,000 adult members annually in 38 counties throughout central Illinois. For more information, visit www.GetYourGirlPower.org or call your local Girl Scout Service Center at 877-231-1446.

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