The Girl Scouts of America launched its annual cookie sales, with a few new twists.
Lemon-Ups are new crispy lemon cookies baked with inspiring messages on them.
Girl Scouts around the West Valley are also selling Thin Mints (vegan), Tagalongs, Samoas, Trefoils, Do-si-dos, Girl Scout S’mores and Toffee-tastics (Gluten Free) for $5-6 per box.
If your cravings are becoming too unbearable, do not fear: The Girl Scouts Cookie Finder App offers on-the-go assistance to finding the nearest Girl Scout booth. Download the app onto your iOS or Android mobile device from Google Play or the Apple Store or you can visit girlscoutsaz.org/cookiefinder. Enter your zip code and choose from a list of convenient locations nearby.
For six weeks each year, Girl Scouts in Arizona participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program. From Jan. 20 to March 1, more than 10,000 girls in central and northern Arizona will be walking around neighborhoods and boothing in front of local stores, learning entrepreneurial skills while selling an array of cookies.
Kiana Jeskewitz, 12, is a member of Glendale Troop 419 a Girl Scout for seven years. She said she is very excited to get back to selling cookies.
“Cookie season is a lot of fun, a lot of hard work, you get to do a lot of things you wouldn’t normally do,” said Kiana. “I get to see a lot of new places around the state I wouldn’t see without boothing and I get to meet new Girl Scouts every time.”
The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world, generating over $700 million in annual sales. Although nearly 200 million boxes of Girl Scout Cookies are sold each year to over 50 million cookie customers, the Girl Scout community focuses on more than just sales.
“It is critical to note Girl Scout Cookies are about far more than money and sweet treats,” says Tamara Woodbury, CEO of Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC). “The cookie program provides girls the skills they need to be fiscally savvy now, and to become successful, financially independent women.”
Because all proceeds stay local, she said, “girls are able to enjoy summer camp, robotics programs, field trips and even adventures out of state in a safe environment.
“Sales also have the potential to impact the community as troops reinvest their proceeds with service projects.”
A Girl Scout cookie booth event will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Golden Gate Community Center, 1625 N 39th Avenue, Phoenix.
This year, GSACPC will support St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank and St. Mary’s Food Bank with donated Cookies for Community purchases.