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Girl Scouts offer instant cookie gratification

Girl Scouts from Troop 971 have purchased Christmas gifts for a family in need for the past two years. The gifts were given to the United Way for distribution. Troop leader Jan Beliveau stated, "It is so wonderful to be able to teach girls that giving is so much better than receiving and that we should work on giving every day in some way." Pictured are (standing) Harilann Baas and Abbi Bouw, (kneeling) Abby Blank and Maddy Dudley.

Remember that long wait between ordering Girl Scout cookies and the time when you crack the seal on your first sleeve of Thin Mints?

That is a thing of the past.

The Cookie Program is now direct sales, which means no more order and delivery - you get your cookies now!

The cookie sale started February 5 and will continue until March 20. This means Girl Scouts will have inven-tory in-hand as they go door-to-door and girls will give you the cookies you want for $3.50 a package right on the spot.

This new process gives cus-tomers instant cookie gratifi-cation when they receive their favorite Girl Scout cookies at the time of purchase. Cookie varieties include Thin Mints, Caramel Delites, Thanks A-lot, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbreads and the newest addition, Shout Outs.

Cookie booth sales at local businesses will begin on Feb-ruary 25 in surrounding communities.

If you are not into cookies or sweets but want to support Girl Scouting, there is an-other option. The Cookie Share Program is an oppor-tunity for customers to sup-port Girl Scouting as well as another local organization in the community.

A "cash" donation for $3.50, $7, $10.50, etc. will help pur-chase Girl Scout Cookies from the troop to be donated to a local organization chosen by the troop.

By participating in cookie activities, girls learn to plan, build teams, speak up, make decisions, solve problems and manage resources. Over time, the skills gained set the girls on a path to be leaders in their own lives and in their com-munities.

8 Point Plan for success

1. Plan

2. Set goals

3. Speak up

4. Make decisions

5. Solve problems

6. Manage resources

7. Take action

8. Make a difference

Many successful business women today say they got their start selling Girl Scout cookies. During cookie ac-tivities, girls are members of a team working toward a common goal, with each girl striving to do her best.

At the troop level, the girls decide how to spend the money they've earned. Exam-ples include special trips to museums, exhibitions and local events, overnight stays at camp, and community service projects.

One hundred percent of the money earned from the cookie program stays right in your community and every dollar you spend on a box of Girl Scout cookies makes a differ-ence in a girl's life.

For more information about Girl Scouts or if your business is interested in hold-ing a cookie booth, contact Linda Bear, Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines membership services manager, at (320) 759-1196 or

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and char-acter who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines serves 12,000 members throughout north-ern Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.

To find cookies, volunteer, or join Girl Scouts, visit