EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - From local businesses to popular shopping malls, Girl Scouts will be setting up cookie booths for their annual Cookie Program, the largest girl-led business in the nation. Girls will be selling cookies in central and southern New Jersey from January 18 through March 11.

The Girl Scout S’mores Cookie, Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Shortbreads, Caramel deLites, Lemonades, Thanks-A-Lots, and Peanut Butter Sandwiches can be purchased from local Girl Scout troops for $4.00 per box.  Select locations will also be selling a limited supply of the new gluten-free Trios cookie; chocolate chips nestled in a gluten-free peanut butter oatmeal cookie, available for $5. Each and every purchase of Girl Scout Cookies (100% of the net revenue of which stays local) is an investment in girls and their leadership capabilities, both now and in the future.

Paying homage to Girl Scout camping traditions and nodding to the fact that Girl Scouts are credited with the first recipe for s’mores in 1927, the S’mores Cookie will return to the 2018 cookie lineup.  With its debut last season, the Girl Scout S’mores Cookie became the most popular flavor to launch in the 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies, even beating out the Thin Mint. The S’more Cookie available in central & southern New Jersey will be a crispy graham cookie double dipped in a crème icing and enrobed in a chocolatey coating, a perfect representation of the historic s’more recipe.

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The Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches the girls the 5 essential business skills of Girl Scouts: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Along with learning these valuable life and business skills, selling Girl Scout Cookies will help girls reach their troop goals including travel opportunities, camping, community service, and more. The Girl Scout Cookie Program remains the largest financial literacy program for girls in the country generating $790 million in sales.

Along with local booth sales, the Girl Scouts will also be taking cookie sales digital through the Digital Cookie Platform. Through this platform, local Girl Scouts will be able to take cookie orders from customers and automate cookie shipments through a unique transaction application designed specifically for Girl Scouts. This allows a wider cookie reach, but also teaches girls e-commerce and online marketing in partnership with the 5 essential business skills. Ginny Marino, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Central & Southern NJ states, “The iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program helps today’s girls learn business and life skills.  At each level, components are built into the program to help girls develop leadership, business and goal setting skills, along with money management. Our girls are even moving into a new generation of business with online sales.”  The platform offers an online experience that allows Girl Scouts to track their sales and goals online. 

Once again, Girls Scouts will be sponsoring the “Taste of Home” Program, a service project for sending Girl Scout Cookies to US Soldiers serving overseas.  Last year, over 2,000 cases of Girl Scout Cookies were purchased for the soldiers and donated through the “Taste of Home” Program. The 2018 Girl Scout cookie donation goal is 2,400 cases.  Cookie customers can purchase additional cookies from any Girl Scout to donate to the military.

Girl Scout Cookie fans can find a cookie booth near them by using the Cookie Finder at www.girlscoutcookies.org or by downloading the mobile app available for Android and Apple devices.