March 13, 2006
For nearly 90 years the Girl Scout Cookie Program has helped girls foster a sense of personal and collective empowerment by promoting skills they will use throughout their entire lives. Through this annual activity girls ages 5 to 17 learn how to set goals, develop action plans to reach those goals, work together as a team and cultivate a sense of business ethics.
Additionally, they build confidence by developing public speaking and interpersonal communication skills. Girls also acquire knowledge in money management, marketing and customer service skills, thereby making the Girl Scout Cookie Program the nation’s premier financial literacy and entrepreneurship program.
“Each and every year I know we’re training girls to fill all sorts of roles in the future,” said Linda Reed, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada. “One of these young ladies may some day become secretary of state, CEO of a Fortune 500 company, a local business owner, or my future replacement.”
In the Northern Nevada and eastern California area girls have begun selling Girls Scout cookies and will continue through March 26. Look for Girl Scouts cookie booths at grocery stores throughout the South Shore the next two weekends. All proceeds, after they pay the baker, stays in the local council areas. A portion of the money stays at the council level to support of types of activities. A share of what remains goes to the troop level, where girls decide how to spent it, thus encouraging goal-setting and leadership abilities.
For more information about the Girl Scout Cookie Program or to purchase a box or two contact Kathy McCarthy, product program manager, at (775) 322-0642, Ext. 242 or visit the Web site at http://www.gssn.org.