ST. PAUL, Minn - This year's Girl Scout cookie packages have a new look that highlights what girls learn while participating in the world's largest girl-led business.
The River Valley Girl Scouts have been the country's top cookie sellers for two years in a row. The girls have been honing their business skills for the past few weeks and will continue to do so until the sale ends on Sunday, March 17. This year the River Valley Girl Scouts are offering eight delicious varieties: Do-si-dos, Dulce de Leche, Samoas, Savannah Smiles, Tagalongs, Thank U Berry Munches, Thin Mints and Trefoils.
In 2012, River Valleys' Girl Scouts earned more than $2.9 million in troop proceeds to support local Girl Scout efforts. Money earned each year supports programs such as outdoor living adventures, financial management activities, local and worldwide travel, and local community service projects. Local proceeds help fund hundreds of programs and activities that build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
The Cookie Program is the only girl-led real-world business skills development program that grows with the girls. As the girls advance through different Girl Scout program grade levels, they are challenged to develop new skill sets and meet goals in the Cookie Program. While Girl Scout Daisies (K-1) may work on building the confidence to speak with adults and learning to count money, Girl Scout Ambassadors (grades 11-12) may focus on raising money for their Gold Award or learning to mentor younger Girl Scouts.