Girl Scouts are selling Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbreads, Lemonades, Thanks-a-Lots, and the gluten-free Trios in addition to the introduction of S’mores cookies.
Girl Scouts are selling Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbreads, Lemonades, Thanks-a-Lots, and the gluten-free Trios in addition to the introduction of S’mores cookies.
Local Girl Scouts are ready to celebrate 100 years of selling cookies and the introduction of a new cookie – s’mores.

The annual cookie program for Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys began on Feb. 11 and runs through mid-March.

Cookie lovers will be able to purchase their favorite Girl Scout Cookies as girls sell door-to-door and at cookie booths.

The traditional favorites of Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbreads, Lemonades, Thanks-a-Lots, and the gluten-free Trios return to the cookie line-up this year. New this year is the introduction of S’mores cookies.

That’s right! They have combined two iconic Girl Scout traditions – s’mores and Girl Scout cookies! This new cookie will be in supply throughout the entire sale. The cookie sale runs through Sunday, March 26.

Cookies are $4 per box except for the gluten-free Trios, which are $5/box.

Girl Scout troops support this nation’s military men and women through a special effort called “Red, White and You.”

Customers will be able to donate $4 per package to give service men and women a taste of home. These cookies will be given to local military support organizations to distribute.

Last year, these cookies were given to the Armed Forces Service Center and to the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon network.

Selling cookies teaches life skills

The cookie program is the largest girl-led business skill development program in the world. As the girls advance through different Girl Scout program grade levels, they are challenged to develop new skill sets and meet goals they set themselves.

The program is centered on five life skills: goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

Every year, money earned by girls for their troops supports programs such as camp, domestic and international travel, troop adventures/expenses, and local community service projects.

Local proceeds help fund hundreds of programs and activities that interest girls and help them become girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

In addition to earning troop proceeds, each girl has the opportunity to earn individual rewards related to her personal success. Rewards include patches, journals, Cookie Credits, camp discounts, a special theater experience, and the latest technology.

Cookie lovers can find local cookie booths through the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app for iPhone and Android. A link to the online cookie finder can also be found at GirlScoutsRV.org.

Locally, people can reach out to local scout leaders by calling: Troop 47842 (Brownies) Angie Berns at 563-492-3701; Troop 44947 (Brownies) Karla St. Mary at 507-498-3700 or Julie Erchoff-Costet at 507-498-3448; or Troop 44635 (Junior) Dustin Tollefsrud at 507-259-7079 or Michelle Van Hee at 507-884-5722 (Spring Grove and Mabel).