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February 12, 2013 > They're back and delicious as ever

They're back and delicious as ever

Submitted By Victor Backer

New look, same great taste! In 2013, Girl Scouts is bringing back all the flavors you love wrapped in new Girl Scout cookie boxes that highlight how your purchase helps girls learn while they earn! You can get your favorite Girl Scout Cookies starting Feb. 10, when young entrepreneurs from Girl Scouts of Northern California (Girl Scouts NorCal) make their way door-to-door and at booth sales all over Northern California with cookies in hand.

Girl Scouts NorCal is once again teaming up with Intuit's GoPayment mobile platform to accept debit/credit cards on cookie purchases. That technology, plus the free Cookie Locator Mobile App and Online Cookie Locator at iLoveCookies.org, make it easy for customers to satisfy cookie cravings and support Girl Scouts during the 2013 sale, from February 10 March 17.

At a Hayward warehouse, scout leaders of the Coyote Hills Area (Fremont, Newark and Union City) stopped by every 15 minutes, starting at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, February 9 to pick up initial orders that totaled 92,208 boxes. For example, Patricia Backer of Troop # 31005 picked up an initial order of more than 2,000 boxes. Total sold last year was 123,000 boxes of cookies!

At $4 a box, there are eight delectable delights to choose from: Thin Mints, Samoas(r), Tagalongs(r), Dulce de Leche, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos(r), Thank U Berry Munch(tm) and the return of Savannah Smiles. All of the cookie varieties have 0 grams trans fat per serving and have no high fructose corn syrup, seven varieties have no artificial colors, and five varieties contain no hydrogenated oils. Visit iLoveCookies.org for all the info on the GSNorCal cookie sale.

"There's more to Girl Scout Cookies than what's in the box," said Marina Park, CEO of Girl Scouts NorCal. "When a girl sells cookies, she's creating a plan, interacting with customers, and working as part of a team. She's building a lifetime of skills and confidence."

Are you sweet as a Samoa or fresh as a Thin Mint? Thanks to the FREE Girl Scout cookie locator mobile app, smartphone users and cookie-seekers can search for local sales or by zip code, share locations with friends, add sale dates to their calendars, and discover their own Girl Scout Cookie Personality. The app also provides nutritional details on each cookie and allows customers to sign up for email alerts when cookie booths spring up, fully loaded with locations by February 8. Users can download through the iPhone app store, Android marketplace or by calling GSCOOKIES to have the app sent directly to your smartphone via text reply. For desktop discovery, visit iLoveCookies.org.

Indulging your sweet tooth never felt so satisfying. Proceeds from these once-a-year treats inspire girls of all ages to become confident and learn 5 Key Skills - goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics - as well as provide funds for service projects, learning programs, and fees for camps and memberships.

With the Gift of Caring program, customers can purchase boxes and have them donated directly to the military to bring a taste of home for troops overseas, or to a local food banks to bring cheer to those in need.

"This year's redesign of our cookie boxes highlight cookie badges such as public speaking, business owner, financial literacy, gardening, philanthropy, dance, and marketing, along with our Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouting," says Park. "It's really win-win for our customers - they get delicious cookies and girls gain skills that will help them into their adult lives."

Girl Scouts of Northern California serves a diverse membership of 49,000 girls and over 32,000 adult volunteers in a 19-county area from Gilroy to the Oregon border. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. To learn more about Girl Scouts of Northern California, visit GirlScoutsNorCal.org

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