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Girl Scout Cookies 2013

Girl Scout Cookies 2013

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Updated: February 21, 2013 6:28AM

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI) was chosen as one of only six councils across the nation to pilot two varieties of Girl Scout Snack Bars during the 2013 Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Tagalongs Snack Bars feature rolled oats, cereal flakes, and chocolaty granola combined with peanut butter chips. Double Dutch Snack Bars are made of rolled oats, cereal flakes, and granola, sprinkled with dark chocolate chips and a chocolaty drizzle. Local Girl Scouts will offer bars by the box with five bars per box.

New this year are redesigned cookie boxes that capture the spirit of today’s Girl Scout, including what girls do in Girl Scouting, girls’ unique stories, the five skills girls learn from the cookie program, and ways for former Girl Scouts to reconnect with the organization. GSNI is also participating in the “Super Six” program where girls will offer the six top-selling varieties of Girl Scout Cookies, as opposed to the traditional eight. Successfully tested, Super Six provides a much easier inventory experience for GSNI’s many hardworking cookie volunteers.

Girl Scout Cookie orders will be taken through Jan. 27 with delivery in mid-February. If you’re not approached by a Girl Scout, you can e-mail, and your cookie order will be passed on to a local Girl Scout.

This year’s cookie lineup includes Do-Si-Dos, a crunchy oatmeal cookie with peanut butter, and Samoas, a vanilla cookie covered with caramel, coconut, and a rich, chocolaty coating. Of course, you can’t forget Tagalongs, a tasty cookie topped with peanut butter and chocolate, or Thin Mints, the thin wafer covered with a smooth chocolaty coating and made with natural peppermint. Girls will also take orders for Trefoils, a delicate tasting shortbread, and Savannah Smiles, a cool and crisp lemon wedge cookie! Each cookie variety will be on sale for only $4 a box. The new snack bars are $5 a box.

Proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program directly benefit girls in northern Illinois, supporting Girl Scout programs, camp scholarships, volunteer training, membership assistance, and outreach programs. Each troop receives a portion of the proceeds as discretionary funds for troop activities. In fact, the Girl Scout Cookie Program is one of the few youth-oriented programs in the country providing its participants the ability to decide how to direct the proceeds generated through their business activity.

Program benefits

Through Girl Scouting, girls become leaders in their daily lives and prepare for their futures. To millions of girls, Girl Scout Cookies provide an opportunity to travel, explore science and math, and learn about a career. Because not only are these cookies great, but they are at the center of the largest business and economic literacy program for girls. The Girl Scout Cookie Program provides an important ingredient for leadership by helping girls develop five key skills: goal setting; decision making; money management; people skills and business ethics.

Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls participate in carefully developed, age-appropriate cookie activities that help develop these skills that they can apply throughout their lives. Even the youngest Girl Scouts gain self-confidence and poise by learning how to greet customers and offer cookies for purchase. As girls grow, emphasis is placed on getting to know their product—ingredients, calories—to designing innovative and creative marketing strategies and tools. Girls learn to plan, set goals, build teams, speak up, make decisions, solve problems and manage resources. Over time, the skills girls gain set them on a path to be leaders, in their own lives and in their communities.

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois serves 20,000

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois serves nearly 20,000 girls and 6,000 adult volunteers in parts or all of Boone, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties.

For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, visit or call 1-800-242-5591.

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