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Today, Feb. 8, has been proclaimed National Girl Scout Cookie Day.
All 112 councils across the country are celebrating the world’s largest girl-led business. The venture brings in a yearly revenue of $790 million and sells to 50 million cookie fans.
All the revenue earned from cookie activities – every penny after paying the baker – stays with the local Girl Scout council that sponsors the sale.
For those who didn’t have a Girl Scout knocking on their door recently to take a cookie order, there will be another opportunity beginning today in recognition of National Girl Scout Cookie Day.
Today through March 18, any girl member in the Girl Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands’ council wearing her uniform or Girl Scout T-shirt will have a form with her ready to take orders.
Today will also be an opportunity to reflect on the fact that in addition to being a fund-raiser, the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls five essential life skills: goal-setting, decision-making, money management, business ethics and people skills.
According to a survey from the Girl Scout Research Institute, 85 percent of Girl Scout cookie entrepreneurs learn money management by developing budgets, taking cookie orders and handling customers’ money.
The survey also shows 83 percent build business ethics, 80 percent learn goal setting, 77 percent improve decision making and 75 percent develop people skills.
Cookies will be delivered in late February. In addition, customers can buy directly from Girl Scouts on weekends from Feb. 22 through March 18 at participating local retailers such as BI-LO, Kmart, Lowe’s, Sam’s Club, Walmart and other area businesses.
For details, visit www.girlscouts.org or call 1 (803) 240-8213.