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Girl Scouts of Connecticut Celebrates National Girl Scout Cookie Day!


January 31, 2013

Girl Scouts in Connecticut and throughout the nation are celebrating Friday, February 8, as National Girl Scout Cookie Day, in honor of the skills learned through the $790-million national Cookie Program.

National Girl Scout Cookie Day is also a day to recognize the exciting new design of the Girl Scout Cookie boxes. For the first time since 1999, all boxes of Girl Scout Cookies have a new look and a new purpose: to show customers the Five Skills girls learn through the Cookie Program. These skills are goal setting, money management, people skills, business ethics, and decision making.

Girls throughout the country and Connecticut are asking 50 million cookie fans across the nation to order more boxes of Girl Scout cookies in honor of their success in running the largest girl-led business enterprise in the world! Visit www.gsofct.org and click on “Looking for Cookies” to find a girl near you.

“We’re asking our cookie fans in Connecticut to log onto our website and help support this wonderful day,” said Mary Barneby, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “Our girls are gaining life-changing skills from their participation in the Cookie Program, and they couldn’t do it without your support!”

Customers are also encouraged to donate to Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s Gift of Caring program, Cookies for Heroes. The Cookies for Heroes service project allows customers to purchase Girl Scout Cookies from their local Girl Scout, and Girl Scouts of Connecticut, along with community partners, will ship the cookies to service women and men overseas and at home. Visit www.cookiesforheroes.com for more information.

In addition, a new app is available for smart phones to help customers locate popular cookie booths throughout the state! Log onto www.girlscoutcookies.org and download the Official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app to get up-to-date information on where to find cookies. Booth sales throughout Connecticut start March 2, 2013.

When it comes to skill building, statistics show the Cookie Program works. According to a survey from the Girl Scout Research Institute, 85 percent of Girl Scout “cookie entrepreneurs” learn money management by developing budgets, taking cookie orders, and handling customers’ money. 83 percent build business ethics; 80 percent learn goal setting; 77 percent improve decision making; and 75 percent develop people skills.

“The Cookie Program is an integral part of the Girl Scout experience,” said Barneby. “The skills a girl learns selling cookies will last a lifetime. Through the program, she discovers her confidence, connects with her customers, and takes action through deciding what she would like to do with her cookie proceeds.”

Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-si-dos, Trefoils, Dulce De Leche, Thank U Berry Munch, and Savannah Smiles are all available. Log onto www.gsofct.org and click on the cookie to connect with Girl Scouts participating in the Cookie Program in your town.


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