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Girl Scouts everywhere are gearing up for the annual cookie sale, holding cookie rallies, making plans and setting goals for their troops ahead of the January kickoff. The sale will begin Friday, Jan. 11, with door-to-door sales continuing through Sunday, Jan. 27. Pre-sale delivery will be held Feb. 15-21, and booth sales will begin Feb. 22 and continue through March 17.

There are several new features to the cookie sale this year. A new cookie with a tropical taste will make its debut, adding some flair to the traditional chocolate, peanut butter and shortbread tastes associated with classic Girl Scout cookies. With girls becoming more tech savvy every day, the cookie sale will feature mobile and online components to help buyers find cookies and learn more about the sale.

Cookie packaging will also be changing, now focusing on the five skills girls learn when participating in the cookie program — goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and financial ethics. The boxes will now reflect what buying a box of cookies really does — helping girls become the leaders of the future.

In addition, Friday, Feb. 8, has been designated National Girl Scout Cookie Day. Girl Scout councils will be working to remind the public what a cookie can do through PSAs, social media and video campaigns.

Purchases of Girl Scout cookies go to benefit girls in your community. A box of cookies can go toward funding camp for inner-city children, cheering up soldiers overseas and helping girls learn the importance of managing money.

Girl Scouts is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adults, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, like strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth. Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina provides programs and services to more than 10,000 girls and 3,000 adults across 21 counties.

For more information, call 843-552-9910 or visit girlscoutsesc.org.

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