Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania Begins Cookie Program January 8

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Favorite cookie varieties and Digital Cookie return for the 2016 season.

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The Cookie Program helps girls build a lifetime of skills and confidence

Thousands of girls in the Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) council are gearing up for the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program that begins January 8.

Samoas, Thin Mints, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs, Savannah Smiles and Rah-Rah Raisins return for the 2016 season. Rah-Rah Raisins, which joined the lineup for the 2015 sale, are hearty oatmeal cookies packed with raisins and Greek yogurt-flavored chunks.

Girl Scouts will again offer a gluten-free cookie. Toffee-tastic Girl Scout Cookies are crispy, buttery cookies packed with golden toffee bits. Toffee-tastic cookies will be offered at booth sales beginning February 26 for as long as supplies last. Visit girlscoutcookies.org in February to find booth sale locations in western Pennsylvania.

For the second year, GSWPA is participating in Digital Cookie, a 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.

Local girls are excited to participate in Digital Cookie 2.0, which will provide a more robust, hands-on and entertaining learning experience, including an enhanced cookie website.

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.

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. Girls added nearly $2.1 million to their troop treasuries in 2015 through the Cookie Program.

“The Cookie Program helps girls build a lifetime of skills and confidence,” said Patricia A. Burkart, CEO of GSWPA. “Every box a girl sells not only shows her she can reach her goals, but also funds great adventures for her in Girl Scouts.”

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 8, visit gswpa.org.

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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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