National Girl Scout Cookie Day is Friday. Girls are asking cookie lovers to buy or order more boxes in honor of their success in running the largest girl-led business enterprise in the world. Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians troops earned more than a million dollars for their troop treasuries in 2012.
The Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians will be taking orders in person through Feb. 10 and online reservations at IWantCookies.org.
Cookie fans are invited to stop by the Girl Scout office at 1936 Dayton Boulevard in Chattanooga between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for free cookie samples. Meanwhile, Girl Scouts dressed in cookie costumes and twirling signs will also be giving out cookie samples to the lunch crowd at the Frazier Avenue-River Street Shopping Complex from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Home-schooled Girl Scouts will hit the road in a decorated cookie caravan to ride along a Meals on Wheels route, delivering cookies and smiles to meal recipients from 9:30-11:30 a.m. This is expected to be the most special part of the day, and the council is excited to partner with Meals on Wheels. The Girl Scout Mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and charter, who make the world a better place.
Girls will also deliver milk and cookies to volunteers at the American Red Cross from 8:40-9 a.m. and look inside an emergency response vehicle. They will bring milk and cookies to the staff and volunteers at the McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center from 2-2:30 p.m. and get a shelter tour.
Follow the fun on facebook.com/GSCSA or on Twitter (@GirlScoutCSA). Girl Scouts will be posting photos from every stop along the caravan. People who don’t know Girl Scouts are invited to tweet IWantCookies.org as a way to reserve cookies.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program helps girls build skills for life. According to a survey from the Girl Scout Research Institute, 85 percent of Girl Scout “cookie entrepreneurs” learn money management by developing budgets, taking cookie orders, and handling customers’ money. Eighty-three percent build business ethics; 80 percent learn goal setting; 77 percent improve decision making; and 75 percent develop people skills.
All the revenue earned from cookie activities—every penny after paying the baker—stays with the local Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians.
The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians covers 46 counties from Southwest Virginia, through all of East Tennessee, and into North Georgia with the support of United Way and Community Chest organizations. Its mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.