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Girl Scouts Gear up to Sell “Cookies NOW!”
Every Cookie’s Mission: To Help Girls Do Great Things
DES MOINES, Iowa – Wait no more, cookies lovers! Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa is excited to announce the 2012 cookie season has arrived. Kicking off on Jan. 13th, this year’s cookie program, Cookies NOW! offers a new experience for cookie customers, while fulfilling the mission of the program, “To help girls do great things.”
For the first time ever, Girl Scout cookie customers will have the chance to get their hands on those famous cookies without the wait! As part of this year’s direct sale format, girls will carry packages of Girl Scout cookies with them from Jan. 13th to March 4th as they sell from door to door, at cookie booths, in cookie caravans, to friends and family, and throughout their neighborhoods.
Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa switched to a direct sales format after volunteers, parents and customers asked the council to simplify the cookie program logistics. The expectation is that girls and customers alike will benefit from the new format, which allows for instant cookie delivery.
“It’s a win, win situation all around. We are so happy we were able to make the change this year,” Product Program Director Marylee Rehm said. “Our hope is that our new program will help increase sales and provide customers with their favorite cookies instantaneously.”
In addition to providing customers with tasty treats, the Girl Scout Cookie Program truly helps girls do great things. For years, the sale has generated more than $700 million for girls and communities nationwide. A portion of each box a Girl Scout sells stays with their local troop and can be used for programs and activities offered by Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa.
The sale has also helped fund projects and feed soldiers around the world. Funding can help girls purchase school supplies for their classmates in need or donate clothes to victims of abuse or neglect. From funding a field trip to the nation’s capital to building a new campsite, each cookie sold empowers girls to make better choices by impacting the lives of the people around them.
2012 Girl Scout Cookie Details:
Each box of Girl Scout Cookies costs $3.50. The cookies have zero trans-fat and have no preservatives or artificial coloring.
The eight cookies available in 2012 include Thin Mints, thin chocolate wafers dipped in a rich chocolaty coating with a burst of pure peppermint; Caramel deLites, vanilla cookies drenched in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut and laced with cocoa strips; Peanut Butter Patties, crispy vanilla cookies layered with real peanut butter and blanketed with a chocolate coating; Shortbread, a traditional favorite with a buttery, light flavor; Peanut Butter Sandwich, smooth peanut butter sandwiched between crunchy oatmeal cookies; Thanks-A-Lot, heart-warming shortbread cookies dipped in a rich fudge and topped with an embossed thank you message in one of five languages; Lemonades, savory slices of shortbread with a refreshing tangy lemon icing; and our new Shout Outs, light and crisp, these Belgian-style caramelized cookies are a sensibly sweet treat.
Fun Facts about Girl Scout Cookies in the Greater Iowa Region
- Best Seller overall in Iowa is the Thin Mint. However, the Sioux City area prefers the Peanut Butter Patties.
- Last year, the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa sold more than 1,500,000 boxes of cookies.
- The first national Girl Scout Cookie sale was held in 1936.
About Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa:
Serving girls in Central and Western Iowa, NE Nebraska and SE South Dakota, Girl Scouts
of Greater Iowa provides leadership programming to over 15,000 girls and 4,000 adult
volunteers. It is a great time to be a Girl Scout and you can sign up at any time during the
year. To find out more about our program, please visit our website at
www.girlscoutsiowa.org or call us at 800-342-8389.
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 3.6 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouting is the leading authority in girls’ healthy developments and builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The 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 info on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girls Scouts, call (800) GSUSA 4 U (800-478-7248) or visit www.girlscouts.org.