These new elements will further enhance the world's largest girl-led business which will take place this year in the Abilene area from January 11 to February 24. Counties in the Abilene Area include: Callahan, Fisher, Haskell, Jones, Kent, King, Knox, Mitchell, Nolan, Scurry, Shackelford, Stonewall and Taylor.
New this year to the Cookie Program:
- New Cookie - Mango Crme with Nutrifusion: Finally, the delicious has been made nutritious with the introduction of the Mango Crme sandwich cookie. The latest addition to the Girl Scout cookie lineup is a tangy, refreshing tropical treat: a crunchy vanilla and coconut cookie with a mango-flavored crme filling that contains nutrients and vitamins from fruit such as cranberries, pomegranates, oranges, and grapes!
- New Cookie Boxes: For the first time since 1999, all boxes of Girl Scout Cookies have a new look. The iconic Girl Scout Cookie package showcases the five financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills that the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls. The new packaging also highlights the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards - awards that mark the progression and achievement of a girl through her Girl Scouting career.
- New Technology: Don't have cash? Girl Scouts now take credit cards! Girls can now use Sage Mobile Devices to take credit card payments on the spot, making buying cookies easier than ever before.
An eco-friendly package for the Thanks-a-Lot Girl Scout Cookie was introduced in 2010. This single change saved 150 tons of paperboard from going into America's waste stream. Plus, this packaging made it possible to ship more cookies on a truck, saving an estimated 2,600 gallons of diesel fuel a year. This year, eco-friendly packaging will be used for both the Thanks-a-Lot and Lemonade Girl Scout cookies.
With the skills learned during the Cookie Sale and the money earned from selling cookies, Girl Scouts can do a lot. Troops have used proceeds from the cookie program to fund activities such as community service projects, troop field trips, and camping trips.
The public can purchase their cookies in many ways, including direct sale (where girls start off with an initial stock of cookies to sell directly to customers), order taking, online marketing, and booth sales outside of retailers and in local malls.
Haven't seen a booth? Just visit www.girlscoutcookies.org and enter your zip code to find a booth near you. Or, go mobile and download the Cookie Finder app to your Apple or Android phone and find a cookie booth, vote for your favorite cookie, and learn more about the Girl Scout Cookie Program.
Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains serves 23,823 girls and 8,792 adult volunteers each year in 81 counties from the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles to Fort Worth. The council has area service centers located in Abilene, Amarillo, Fort Worth, Lubbock and Wichita Falls. Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
For more information on the Girl Scout Cookie Program, how to join, volunteer or donate to the Girl Scouts, call 800-582-7272 or visit www.gs-top.org.