From the Feb. 9, 2011 edition. To read all the articles, SUBSCRIBE.

By Cheryl Kingham
Special To The Press

Local Girl Scout troops gathered together at the Arcata Veteran’s Hall in early January for their annual Cookie Rally to prepare for the new season of cookie sales coming to Humboldt.
The rally provided an opportunity for the girls to taste and learn about their cookie products, understand goal-setting and safety guidelines, and generally have fun together before the hard work begins.
The rally included a cookie booth relay race, cookie trivia contest, a “Bling” your cookie wagon demonstration, role playing, cookie tasting, and crafts including making cookie display trays from boxes.
The Girl Scout Cookie program is the largest girl-led business in the country where girls earn money for their troop at the same time as they learn five essential skills: decision making, money management, goal setting, people skills, and business ethics.
Girl Scout cookies not only taste good, but their sale creates great opportunities for girls to become confident and learn about financial literacy.
The money earned from selling the eight types of cookies also provides funds for service projects, learning programs, and fees for camps and memberships. A portion of the $4 per box cost of the cookies stays with the troop selling the cookies and the rest of the profits stay in the local Council area to fund programs serving Girl Scouts throughout Northern California.
The varieties of cookies being offered is the same as last year including the popular Thin Mints, Samoas, and Tagalong peanut butter patties. The other cookies available are the Lemon Chalet, Do-si-Do crunchy peanut butter sandwich, Dulce de Leche, Trefoil shortbread cookies, and the newest variety Thank You Berry Munch.
Starting Feb. 11, girls can pass out order cards to friends, families, and businesses and by Feb. 18, girls should have cookies to take around neighborhoods to sell on the spot. Public booth sales held in front of local stores will not begin until Feb. 26 and then will run through the month of March.
The Girl Scout Gift of Caring project is a community service initiative where customers can purchase Girl Scout cookies that are donated to local food banks or to our military troops. Ask for more information about this program at booths or wherever you see a Girl Scout selling cookies.
This March is the 99th anniversary of the founding of Girl Scouts in the United States and a display about the organization will be set up in the lobby of the McKinleyville Library during the month. A tea party for Girl Scout Alumni is being arranged for March 12 with the location and time still to be determined. If you were ever a Girl Scout, please contact Elaine Reed at 839-2288 so that you can be included in the invitation for that event.
If you are interested in becoming a Troop leader, Girl Scout volunteer, or have a daughter interested in Girl Scouts, please contact the Eureka Program Office at 443-6641. Details about cookie booth locations and times will be announced in late February.


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