Girl Scouts kick off cookie campaign

Sales began Friday with the return of the popular S’mores

PITTSBURGH — Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania entered the next century

of selling cookies on Friday.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program not only teaches girls essential entrepreneurial skills but also powers amazing experiences for them across the U.S.

After last year’s 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies, troops in western Pennsylvania are kicking off this season with the return of Girl Scout S’mores, the most popular flavor to launch in all the years of Girl Scouts selling cookies.

Consumers can now help fuel transformative leadership experiences and build the next generation of entrepreneurs by purchasing Girl Scout S’mores and classic favorites like Thin Mints and Samoas.

During Girl Scout Cookie season, each G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) sets out to sell cookies while also building entrepreneurial and business skills that are imperative for leadership and future success.

Almost 1 million Girl Scouts participate in the cookie program each year, generating nearly $800 million in sales during the average season. And all of the net revenue raised — 100 percent of it — stays with the local council and troops.

Councils use cookie earnings to power amazing experiences for girls through their programming, while girls and their troops decide how to invest in impactful community projects, personal enrichment opportunities and more.

This year, girls will sell cookies door-to-door and at booth sales, as well as through the Digital

Cookie platform, an innovative and educational web-based addition to the

cookie program that helps girls run and manage

their Girl Scout Cookie businesses online.

Now in its fourth year, the Digital Cookie platform continues to bring Girl Scout programming into the future by providing girls with invaluable business and STEM skills that prepare them for 21st century leadership.

GSWPA will also celebrate the next century of female entrepreneurs during National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend 2018.

From Feb. 23 to 25, Girl Scout councils across the country will host events and set up booths for cookie enthusiasts to get their hands on the iconic treats and join in on the fun.

To find out when Girl Scouts are selling cookies near you, visit www

.girlscoutcookies.org or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, free on iOS and Android devices.

The cookie

varieties

S’mores — Crunchy graham sandwich cookies with creamy chocolate and marshmallow filling.

Tagalongs — Crispy cookies layered with peanut butter and covered with a chocolatey coating.

Trefoils — Delicate-tasting shortbread that is delightfully simple and satisfying.

Savannah Smiles — Crisp, zesty lemon wedge cookies dusted with powdered sugar.

Thin Mints — Crisp wafers covered in chocolatey coating. Made with natural oil of peppermint.

Samoas — Crisp cookies, coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut, and striped with dark chocolatey coating.

Do-si-dos — Crunchy oatmeal sandwich cookie with creamy peanut butter filling.

Toffee-tastic — Gluten-free rich, buttery cookies packed with golden toffee bits.

All cookies are $4 per box, except S’mores and Toffee-tastic, which are $5.

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