Miss Christmas cookies? You’re in luck. Starting Friday, Jan. 13, and going through Feb. 5, Girl Scouts across the Champaign-Urbana area — and throughout the nation — will start selling all your favorites. Cookies will be delivered in March. If you miss out on pre-orders, cookie booths will pop up all over the area starting March 9 – April 5. (Girl Scout cookies are not sold online).
This year, cookie boxes cost $4 apiece, and this year local troop members will have eight varieties for sale: Thanks-A-Lot, Thin Mints, Caramel deLeche, Lemonades, Shortbread, Peanut Butter Patties, Shout outs! and Peanut Butter Sandwiches.
Why support the Girl Scouts? Although this is a national movement, the money mostly stays local. According to the national organization, when you buy a box of cookies, approximately 70% of the proceeds stays in the local Girl Scout council to provide a portion of the resources needed to support Girl Scouting in that area, including the portion that goes directly to the group selling the cookies. The balance goes to the baker to pay for the actual cookies.
Selling Girl Scout cookies provides troop members the opportunity to gain entrepreneurial skills, learn how to manage money, and helps them in their journey to becoming community leaders.
If you aren’t interested in buying cookies for your own household, you can still help support the many Girl Scouts around by participating in Operation Cookie Share, a program that allows customers to purchase cookies for service women and men, both overseas and at home.
According to its website, “Girl Scouts of Central Illinois has provided almost $500,000 worth of Girl Scout Cookies to the women and men of our armed forces at home and abroad. In fact, our Girl Scouts were so successful that this achievement is entered in the Illinois Congressional Records.”
Mark down Jan. 13 on your calendar, and let cookie season begin!
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