2015 Girl Scout Cookie Program Offers New Tastes

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Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania announces two new cookies and online ordering for the 2015 Girl Scout Cookie Program that kicks off January 9.

Rah-Rah Raisins are the newest addition to the 2015 Girl Scout Cookie lineup.

Cookies mean confidence for Girl Scouts.

The countdown to 2015 has begun, and many people are making resolutions and planning parties to ring in the New Year. For thousands of Girl Scouts in western Pennsylvania, this time of year brings another exciting countdown: checking off the days to the start of the Girl Scout Cookie Program on January 9.

With two new cookies, plus the debut of online ordering, Girl Scouts and cookie customers have a lot to look forward to in 2015.

Rah-Rah Raisins joins traditional favorites Samoas, Thin Mints, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs and Savannah Smiles for the 2015 Girl Scout cookie lineup. Made with whole grain oats, these new hearty oatmeal cookies are packed with raisins and Greek yogurt-flavored chunks.

Girl Scouts will also offer a gluten-free cookie. Toffee-tastic Girl Scout Cookies are crispy, buttery cookies packed with golden toffee bits. The sale of Toffee-tastic Girl Scout Cookies is a pilot program offered at booth sales beginning February 27 for as long as supplies last. Visit girlscoutcookies.org in February to find booth sale locations in western Pennsylvania.

Cookie-cravers will be able to purchase Girl Scout cookies, including gluten-free Toffee-tastics,where they never could before—online! GSWPA is participating in Digital Cookie, a first-of-its-kind web platform that lets girls sell cookies from their own protected, personalized websites. This means consumers who know Girl Scouts participating in Digital Cookie will receive e-marketing materials from them this season with invitations to visit their cookie websites and make purchases. Cookies ordered through Digital Cookie are shipped from the baker directly to the customer.

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. No university has produced as many female business owners as the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

“Cookies mean confidence for Girl Scouts,” said Patricia A. Burkart, CEO of Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania. “Every time you buy a box, you show a Girl Scout that she can reach her goals.”

“For you it’s a box of delicious cookies,” she added. “For the girl, it’s her first taste of success in business.”

Girl Scouting is girl-led, so girls decide how to spend their troop cookie money and reinvest it back into their neighborhoods through community service projects and learning experiences, like travel opportunities. Because 100 percent of the net revenue raised through the Girl Scout Cookie Program stays with the local council and troops, customers who purchase Girl Scout Cookies are not only getting a delightful treat—they're also making an important investment in their communities.

For more information about the Girl Scout Cookie Program that begins January 9, visit gswpa.org.

About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership experience for girls and is the leading authority on girls' healthy development. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The 2.8-million-member organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, call 800-248-3355 or visit gswpa.org.

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