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Girl Scout cookie season has begun



RENO, Nev. – Sunday, Jan. 9, marked the start of the Girl Scout Cookie season which many in the area admit they wait patiently for each year.

Girl Scouts of all ages began knocking on the doors of homes and businesses to take pre-order cookie sales through Jan. 26. For those who didn’t have a Girl Scout make it to their door during pre-orders, booth sales – the communities’ opportunity to purchase cookies at their local storefronts  –  will begin all over northern Nevada and eastern California on Feb. 25.

This year there are eight varieties of cookies to choose from: Thin Mints, Carmel DeLites, Lemonades, Peanut Butter Patties, Shortbreads, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Thanks-A-Lots and new this year, Shout Outs!, a Belgian-style cookie that has no artificial colors, no preservatives and no high fructose corn syrup.

Also new this year, in an effort to help preserve natural resources, the Thanks-A-Lot cookie has been packaged in film overwrapped trays instead of the traditional cardboard cookie boxes. This environmentally-friendly pilot program will reduce the use of paperboard by 150 tons.

The Girl Scout Cookie program is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates over $700 million for girls and communities nationwide.  Proceeds from cookie sales remain with the Girl Scout troops and the council to finance the activities and plans established at the beginning of each year.

Through cookie sales, Girl Scouts learn business and life skills such as: goal setting, decision making, money management, teamwork, ethics and communications.

The attributes that girls learn through selling Girl Scout cookies are those that employers look for, which explains why so many of today’s top businesswomen credit Girl Scout cookie sales for their start.

For more information on the 2011 Girl Scout Cookie Program, please visit www.gssn.org/cookies-more or call 800.222.5406 x255.

Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada is the preeminent organization for and leading authority on girls, serving over 6,400 girls with assistance from 1,900 volunteers in 23 counties in northern Nevada and eastern California. For over 70 years, Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada Council has been building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. For more information on how to join, volunteer or donate to the Girl Scouts, please call 800.222.5406 or visit www.gssn.org.

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