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2012-01-12

Order taking for Girl Scout cookies began New Year's Day

Special to The Courier

Local Girl Scouts began taking orders for America's much-anticipated sweet treats on Jan. 1, and this year's cookie season has historic significance.

For the first-time in history, Girl Scouts from San Antonio are pictured on the iconic packaging of Girl Scout cookies. Members of Troop 7775 from Northside ISD's Linton Elementary were photographed in Market Square and are featured on the box of this year's new cookie, Savannah Smiles.

The lemon cookie is a tribute to Girl Scouting's 100th anniversary and the city where the organization was founded in 1912.

Five foot replicas of the cookie boxes were unveiled at a special event attended by Sen. Leticia Van de Putte and Mayor Julian Castro earlier this year.

To benefit the girls participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, each year's sale has a programmatic theme.

This year's theme asks, "What can a cookie do?" and answers, "More than you see," telling the world that a Girl Scout cookie can help girls dream more. Have more opportunities.

Give more to their communities and do more than they ever thought possible.

Order taking for Girl Scout cookies began Jan. 1, so keep an eye out for girls selling door to door, visiting the workplace or sending an email asking for a "promise" to purchase Girl Scout cookies. Girl Scouts will continue their sales beginning the first week of February in front of neighborhood stores. Offering eight varieties, each box of Girl Scout cookies is priced at $3.50.

No university has produced as many female business leaders as the Girl Scout Cookie Program. The program has helped girls grow into leaders by developing five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. These skills allow girls to acquire the talent and resources to make the world a better place.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program not only helps girls fulfill their goals, but also helps communities grow. All proceeds from selling Girl Scout cookies stay within the region to provide direct services to girls and adult volunteers and girls get to decide where the money goes.