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Girl Scouts to Kick Off Cookie Season Jan. 16 with New Flavors

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 DSN Newswire

Rah-Rah Raisins and gluten-free Toffee-Tastic make their debut; Samoas turn 40

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX), the largest pipeline for female leadership, will kick off its 2015 Cookie Program beginning January 16 through March 1. Girls across the council will debut two new flavors, Rah-Rah Raisins and gluten-free, Toffee-Tastic. In addition to the new flavors, Girl Scouts will celebrate the 40th birthday of the beloved Samoas.

The Cookie Program is much more than an annual tradition, it’s an integral part of Girl Scouts’ business and financial literacy initiatives. Girl Scouts across Northeast Texas ranging from kindergarten – 12th grade participate to raise funds for service projects, educational field trips, camping and other leadership activities. In doing so, they learn skills essential to leadership, success and life, including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

Two new cookie flavors will be highlighted in northeast Texas this year,  Rah-Rah Raisins, a hearty oatmeal cookie with plump raisins and Greek yogurt flavored chips, and Toffee-Tastic, a gluten-free cookie, with a buttery taste and crunchy toffee chips. These new flavors will be sold alongside veteran flavors Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Samoas, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos and Savannah Smiles.

“As mother to a Girl Scout Cadette, I’ve witnessed first-hand the positive skills the Cookie Program instills in every girl,” said Jennifer Bartkowski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. “When you invest in a box of cookies, you’re investing in the future leaders of our community, and giving them the skills they need to get there.” 

Community service through Project Troop to Troop is a cornerstone of the Girl Scout Cookie Program.  It encourages members of the community to buy Girl Scout cookies for donation to the U.S. Armed Forces. Last year, Project Troop to Troop in northeast Texas donated more than 88,000 packages of Girl Scout cookies. The cookies were transported to service men and women at home and abroad, through Fort Hood, the USO and the American Red Cross. Girl Scout cookies were also donated to local veterans’ organizations and wounded soldiers.

In 2014, GSNETX sold 3.3 million boxes of cookies. This year, cookies can be purchased for $4.00 a box and Toffee-Tastic for $5.00.

Girl Scout cookie fans can expect to see cookie booths in their area beginning January 16. Customers can find nearby cookie booths by downloading the Cookie Locator app. The app is available for iPhone and Android by searching GS COOKIES in your phone’s app store. Customers can search for sales by zip code and share with friends on social media.

For more information about the Cookie Program, visit www.texascookietime.org.

About Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas: 

Girl Scouts is the premier leadership organization and is the largest pipeline for female leadership. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas serves more than 30,000 girls and 17,000 adults in 32 northeast Texas counties. For information on how to join, volunteer, donate or reconnect to the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, call (800) 442-2260 or visit www.gsnetx.org.

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