It’s Girl Scout cookie time


More than 380,000 boxes of Thin Mints, Tag-a-Longs, Samoas and other Girl Scout cookies have been distributed to troops throughout the islands for the annual sale March 1-24.

“This is a record number for Hawaii,” said Reyna Kaneko, chief marketing officer at Girl Scouts of Hawaii, “The growing demand for Girl Scout cookies can be attributed to the growing platform for our girls to learn skills and leadership through the program.”

Girl Scouts of all ages use their hard-earned cookie funds to change the world around them. Kauai Girl Scout Isabel, for example, used her earnings raised from the 2012 Girl Scout Cookie Program to help other girls whose families are economically struggling by designing and sewing sundresses from beautifully patterned pillowcases.

With the help of Child & Family Services on Kauai, Isabel’s dresses found their way to children in her community through “Nana’s House,” a family support and community outreach center in Waimea.

“Girls are not only learning marketable skills as our leaders of tomorrow, but they become caring, responsible and trustworthy citizens today,” said Kaneko.

Girl Scout cookies are more than just a popular, iconic snack. They are also good for the community. Just one purchase gives Girl Scouts like Isabel opportunities to develop five essential skills of the Girl Scout Cookie Program: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills and Business Ethics.

The public can support the nearly 2,600 Girl Scouts in grades K-12 selling at booth site locations across the state. Supporting the Girl Scout Cookie Program is even easier by using the Cookie Locator and new and improved free mobile apps for iPhone or Android. Customers can find a complete list of vendors, search for cookie booth locations, watch Girl Scout videos and find out how the program is helping girls learn and lead.

Every penny earned from cookie sales in Hawaii stays in Hawaii and, as part of the program, Girl Scout troops use their cookie funds to further develop leadership skills in girls, so they can do good in communities. Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls can dream big, give back to their communities and do more than they ever thought possible!

Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the pre-eminent leadership development organization for girls in grades K-12. It serves girls in every zip code throughout the United States as well as those attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries.

Girl Scouts empowers girls to realize its mission of “building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” Introduced to Hawaii in 1917 by Queen Lili‘uokalani and Florence Lowe, a Kamehameha School for Girls teacher, Girl Scouts of Hawaii has approximately 5,000 members statewide. For more information, visit www.girlscouts-hawaii.org or www.girlscouts.org.

 

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