Girl Scouts sell cookies for annual fundraiser

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Courtesy Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore

The Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore have started selling their famous cookies after the January launch of “cookie season.”

Girl Scout Cookie sales, which support troops from northern to West Michigan, are available online through March 20. The cookie program aims to empower girls through “learning by earning” and developing five essential skills: goal setting, money management, people skills, decision making and business ethics.

“Girl Scout Cookie entrepreneurs are developing skills that will benefit them well into adulthood,” said Vivian TerMaat, CEO, Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore. “It’s far more than the cookie. It’s empowering the girls to dream, plan, execute and succeed in one aspect of their lives so that they can put those skills to use in every aspect of their lives. Our community benefits when the next generation of leaders develop these essential skills at an early age.”

Proceeds help finance Girl Scout programming such as camping trips that teach girls how to be resourceful and STEM projects.

“I love cookie time with my Girl Scout sisters, because we come together as a team and work really hard but still have a bunch of fun,” said Brielle, last name withheld, from Troop 4895 in Grand Rapids. “We learn tons of different things about how to run a business, just like grown-ups do. This year, I’m excited that we have a new cookie. Adventurefuls are my new favorite.”

The Girl Scout Cookie program provides scouts the opportunity to venture into entrepreneurship, learn business and financial skills and earn money to fund their adventures. More information is at gsmists.org.

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