Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs and all the other popular Girl Scout cookie varieties will hit the streets Jan. 27 when the Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma 2012 Girl Scout Cookie Sale begins. And this year, in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts, a new cookie will join the favorites – Savannah Smiles.
“Savannah, Georgia is the birthplace of Girl Scouts so it is appropriate that this special cookie flavor honors that community,” said Barbara Mitchell, director of product sales for Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma. “Savannah Smiles is a lemon wedge cookie that reflects the heritage of past customer favorites. Supporting Girl Scouts through the cookie sale is a great way to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts.”
The Girl Scout Cookie Sale will run through March 11. The cost for a box of cookies from Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma has not changed at $3.50 per box.
Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma will host a Cookie Kick-Off with the Oklahoma City Barons on Jan. 14 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. This will be an event to get girls ready to start selling cookies by participating in a variety of activities – and to remind the public who are there for the hockey game that Girl Scout Cookie Sale time is around the corner!
Cookie booths sales will start Feb. 17 throughout the 39-county service area where cookies can be purchased on site. To locate a cookie booth, download the free smart phone app through iTunes by searching “GSCOOKIES” and then simply type in a zip code. Cookie booth locations can also be found at www.gswestok.org/ordercookies.
In addition, the Oklahoma College Savings Plan is partnering with Girl Scouts throughout Oklahoma once again this year asking Oklahomans to vote for their favorite Girl Scout Cookie. The winning cookie will be announced by State Treasurer Ken Miller. Also, the Oklahoma Girl Scout who sells the most cookies this year will receive $1,529 towards an Oklahoma College Savings Plan sponsored by OCSP. Plus, the Oklahoma College Savings Plan will award $529 to the Oklahoma Girl Scout Troop that gets the most votes in the “Vote for Oklahoma’s Favorite Girl Scout Cookie” promote. To vote for a favorite cookie, go to www.ok4saving.org and click on the Girl Scout banner.
“The cookie sale is an important part of the Girl Scout experience. Girls learn entrepreneurial skills, develop public speaking skills, gain a greater understanding of what it means to create a budget, and the value of funds raised. Most of the girls will use the money they earn through the cookie sale to attend summer camp and other Girl Scout opportunities – many of whom would not be able to participate in these programs all year long if not for the cookie sale,” said Mitchell. “There are many new events planned for our 100th year, so the cookie sale will help more girls take part in several historic opportunities as Girl Scouts in 2012.”
For more information on this year’s cookie sale, contact Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma at (800) 698-0022 or (405) 528-GIRL or visit www.gswestok.org.
Located in 39 Oklahoma counties in the central, southwest and northwest region of the state, Girls Scouts of Western Oklahoma builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Through leadership-building programs, GS-West offers girls pathways to explore their interests — including STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), healthy lifestyles and activities like our High Adventure Team and summer camps, community service projects through our Bronze, Silver and Gold Award programs, environmental stewardships and more. Currently, GS-West has more than 3,500 volunteers donating approximately 420,000 hours of service to girls. Since forming locally in 1935, more than 375,000 girls have benefited from Girl Scouts.