Girl Scout Cookie Sales Start Friday

Thin Mints, Caramel de Lites are back, but Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts are introducing a new cookie: Mango Cremes.

The Girl Scouts will begin selling Girl Scout cookies Friday, Dec. 7.

If you can't wait until they deliver cookies next year, you can get your Thin Mints or Caramel deLites fix at one of the local booth sales. To find a local booth sale, visit www.hergirlscouts.org and click on the “cookie locator” and enter your zip code.

At the time of writing, the nearest Girl Scout cookie booth sales are either at the Framingham Holiday tree lighting inside Nevins hall at the Memorial Building starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, or on Saturday at the top of Chestnut Street in Newton, from  9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cookies are $4 a box.

in Wellesley, the Girl Scouts are part of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Council. The Council is selling cookies from now through March 12, 2013. The Eastern Massachusetts Girl Scouts are selling Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Shortbreads, Thanks-A-Lots, Lemonades, Peanut Butter Sandwiches and the new Mango Crèmes.

Girl Scout Cookies are something of an icon in American culture. For nearly 100 years, Girl Scouts, with the enthusiastic support of their families, have helped ensure the success of the annual sale. Your purchase means you get tasty cookies—and a girl learns a lifetime of skills, such as goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

During the cookie sale, girls work towards a common goal as part of a team. The money earned from cookie activities helps the troop partake in service projects, go on field trips, purchase patches, attend summer camp and so much more.

In addition, girls give back to others during the sale through a program known as Cookies for a Cause. Girls sell boxes of cookies that are set aside to be donated to soldiers overseas or to a local food pantry. This meaningful element
of the Girl Scout cookie program helps girls develop business ethics and feel that they are helping others.

“Buying Girl Scout cookies is more than just handing over money for a box. It's about helping girls develop the skills gained from interacting directly with you,” said Ruth N. Bramson, CEO, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts in a press release. “It's about the experience of running a business and working with others. It's the reason we don't sell cookies online. And it's why we encourage
you to buy your cookies from a Girl Scout—the cookie professional."

"The cookie program teaches girls skills they will need when they are adults, like money-management and marketing, and it has really helped me build my confidence,” said Emmie Oliver, Reading Girl Scout and 2012 top Girl Scout cookie seller for Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. “I look forward to the sale every year. Last year my troop and I traveled to New York City, went on a camping trip and funded my Silver Award service project with the proceeds from the sale,” said Oliver, who sold 4,351 boxes last year.

Girl Scouts: Don't forget to upload your booth sales and other local events into the Wellesley Patch calendar of events. Let everyone in town know where you will be selling cookies.


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