Girl Scout cookie sale underway here

Includes Super Bowl weekend promotion
Jan. 30, 2013 @ 07:34 AM

Beginning February 9 and running through March 11, Girl Scouts of Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) will be out in the community showing just what a girl can do through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. 

Several troops will participate in a Super Bowl Weekend Booth Sales promotion in areas throughout 40 counties of the GSCP2P, including Rutherford. 

Rutherford County Girl Scout troops are selling cookies at several locations during the promotion. They are:

  • Thursday, Jan. 31, 4 to 7 p.m. Big Dave's Restaurant  in Forest City;
  • Friday, Feb. 1, 4 to 8 p.m., Forest City Fish Camp in Bostic; 4 to 7 p.m. Food Lion in Rutherfordton; 
  • Saturday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Food Lion, Rutherfordton; 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tractor Supply,
    Spindale; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hibbett's Sports in Forest City;
  • Sunday, Feb. 3, 1 to 4 p.m. Food Lion, Rutherfordton; 12 to 3 p.m. Zaxby in Forest City.

Cookies will also be sold at Food Lion in Rutherfordton on Feb. 9. Beginning Sunday, Feb. 10 through March 9, scouts will be at WalMart in Forest City on several days. 

As the largest girl-led business in the country, the iconic cookie sale helps girls develop key leadership skills including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. 

“By selling cookies, girls learn invaluable skills that teach them that they can do anything they put their mind to,” said Marcia Cole, chief executive officer of GSCP2P. “Later on in life, because of their experiences with the program, girls will be able to face situations head on and take action to achieve their personal goals successfully.”

This year, the Girl Scout cookie boxes will be getting a facelift for the first time since 1999. The new packaging uses graphics, photos and girls’ perspectives to tell the real Girl Scout story and just what girls can accomplish as a Girl Scout, including earning badges, working toward their Girl Scout Gold Award and being active in their communities. 

The 2013 cookie lineup includes the favorites Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties and Caramel deLites, as well as the Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Thanks-A-Lots, Lemonades and Shortbreads. A new cookie, Mango Crèmes, is also being introduced this year. Infused with NutriFusion, this cookie contains 15 percent of RDI of vitamin B1, 5 percent of RDI of vitamins A, C, D, E and B6, zero trans fats per serving and no hydrogenated oils or preservatives.

The price per box is $4, and all the money generated from the Girl Scout Cookie Program stays in the local area to help fund various program and troop activities. And unlike other youth programs, girls get to decide how to spend part of the cookie proceeds throughout the year including helping girls pay for summer camp, uniforms, badges, troop activities and trips and supplies for service projects.