Girl Scout Cookie Program kicks off

More than 160 Girl Scouts representing 22 troops from Bedford, Cambria and Blair counties attended a cookie rally on Saturday at St. Mary’s Memorial Hall, Altoona, to gear up for the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Through a series of activity stations, the girls set goals, honed their marketing skills and learned important safety tips. Girl Scouts are taking orders for cookies now through Jan. 24.

All eight cookie varieties return for 2014 Samoas, Thin Mints, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs, Thank You Berry Munch, Dulce de Leche and Savannah Smiles. Girl Scout cookies are among the most well-known brands in the world, but few know about the important skills girls learn from the program: goal setting, money management, decision making, people skills and business ethics. These are skills that girls use throughout their lives to help them excel, exceed and lead.

Cookies open doors for western Pennsylvania girls in so many ways, said Patricia Burkart, CEO of Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania. Not only does the program teach important financial skills, it also funds many life-changing experiences for girls through camps, travel and programs.

Girl Scout cookies will also be available at booth sales throughout the community beginning Feb. 21.

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