The Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSSI) will kick off its annual Girl Scout Cookie Program on Saturday in its 101st year of selling cookies.
During Girl Scout Cookie season, each G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) sets out to sell cookies, while also building skills that are imperative for leadership and future success.
Each year, almost 1 million Girl Scouts participate in the cookie program, generating nearly $800 million in sales nationwide during the average season.
All of the net revenue raised stays within the regional council area. Participating girls and their troops decide how they would like to invest in community projects, travel, exciting activities, and more.
"Supporting the Girl Scout Cookie Program is more than just buying a box of tasty treats," said Kelly Jansen, GSSI's Director of Product Program, in a news release. "Girls truly gain so much from their experience selling cookies.
"They build confidence and financial skills, as well as work together to set goals and make plans for reaching them. Because the program is girl-led, they take quite a bit of pride in their hard work, responsibility and success."
This year, girls will sell cookies door-to-door and at booth sales as well as through the Digital Cookie platform - an educational web-based platform that helps girls run and manage their Girl Scout Cookie businesses online.
Cookie Booths, where Girl Scouts set up shop in front of area establishments, will be popping up all over southern Illinois on the following dates: January 5-7, February 23-25, March 2-4 and March 9-11.
GSSI, which is based in Mount Vernon, will also celebrate the next century of female entrepreneurs during National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend on Feb. 23 to 25.
Girl Scout councils across the country will host events and set up booths for cookie enthusiasts to get their hands on the iconic treats and join in on the fun.
To find out when Girl Scouts are selling cookies near you, visit www.girlscoutcookies.org or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, free on iOS and Android devices.