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New cookie marks Girl Scouts' 100th

January 8th, 2012 11:31 pm by staff report

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is under way with traditional customer favorites like Thin Mints and Samoas, plus a new cookie to celebrate the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary, Savannah Smiles.

Savannah Smiles are lemon wedge cookies filled with cool, crisp bursts of lemon chips.

The cookies are named after Savannah, Ga., because the first troop met there in 1912, organized by Julliette Gordon Low.

Each year, thousands of Girl Scouts visit the Juliette Gordon Low home, a National Historic Landmark in Savannah. In the time-worn rooms, each girl considers how, a hundred year later, Juliette Low’s story encourages her to dream big and do great things with her life.

Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls tap their inner CEO to run a business and make important decisions. They learn the power of hard work, develop people skills, manage money, and establish business ethics.

Members of the local Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians will take cookie orders through Jan. 23. Each box is $3.50. Cookies order deliveries begin Feb.13. Booth sales in front of local businesses will begin Feb.17.

All proceeds stay within the council. Some earnings go directly to troops for girls to decide how to use — from paying for special events to funding community service projects. A box of cookies can help send a girl to camp, help pay for clothes for an abuse victim rushed to a shelter, or cheer up a soldier far from home.

Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah on March 12, 1912, for a local Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally and spiritually. With the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air, Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars and studied first aid.

Within a few years, Gordon Low’s dream for a girl-centered organization was realized. Today, Girl Scouts of the USA has a membership of more than 3.2 million girls and adults, a significant growth from its modest beginnings nearly a century ago. In fact, more than 50 million women in the United States today are Girl Scout alumnae.

To find a Girl Scout selling cookies in your area, call 1-800-474-1912.

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