2013-01-07 / Front Page

Mango Creme newest Girl Scout cookie

By SCOTT POWELL Ledger Staff Writer spowell@gaffneyledger.com

A $790 million girl-led cookie business nationally will soon begin cookie sales in Cherokee County to support the Girl Scouts program.

Girl Scouts in Cherokee County will take orders at cookie booths Friday, Jan. 11, through Sunday, Jan. 27. Sales dates at retail stores are weekends from February 22-March 17.

The tropical-flavored Mango Creme is the new cookie. The creme filling has the health benefits of eating cranberries, pomegranates, oranges and strawberries.

Cookie varieties returning for sales are Caramel deLites, Lemonades, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Shortbread, Thanks-A-Lot and Thin Mints.

The price is $3.50 per box.

All profits from the Girl Scout cookie sales will remain with the South Carolina Mountains to Midlands council, which serves 12,300 Girl Scouts in Cherokee and 22 other counties.

The Girl Scout program consists of the following levels: Daisy (kindergarten first grade), Brownie (ages 6-8), Junior (grades 4-6), Cadette (Grades 6- 8), Senior (Grades 9-10) and Ambassador (Grades 11-12).

Activities include skill clinics, field trips, community service projects, camps and cultural exchange programs.

“Participation in the Girl Scout Cookie Program is so much more than just a sales experience,” said Kim Hutzell, President/ CEO, Girl Scouts of South Carolina Mountains to Midlands. “As girls learn to handle money and be self-reliant, they are also learning how to bring their own values to the business world as they become tomorrow’s leaders.”

All cookie boxes will have a new look for the first time since 1999.

The highest achievement in the Girl Scout program is the Gold Award project in which a senior level girl organizes a project that fulfills an important need in her community.

The new package design showcases the Gold Award along with the financial and literacy skills the Girl Scout cookie program teaches girls. They include goal-setting, decision-making, people skills, financial management and business ethics.

Most of the Girl Scout cookies ordered in Cherokee County are from cookie booths, friends, family and the work contacts made by the parents of the Scouts.

Customers can once again choose to purchase cookies and send them to U.S. troops deployed overseas. When a box of cookies is donated, the Girl Scouts package and send the boxes of cookies to military personnel.

Shipping is arranged and financed by the local chapters of the Blue Star Mothers of America, an organization for mothers whose children serve in the military.

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