IT'S TIME to locate the nearest Girl Scout, because cookie season for the Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council, Inc is underway. Black Diamond Council encompasses Belmont, Harrison, Jefferson, Noble, Monroe, Ohio, Marshall and other local counties.
Initial orders took place from Jan. 3 through Jan. 31, and will be delivered March 2 through March 19. However, it's not too late to get your cookies. Beginning in early March, booth sales will open at various locations throughout Black Diamond Council.
Girl Scout "Cookie Cupboard" locations and times:
The Girl Scouts offer 12 varieties of cookies, including Thin Mints, Samoas/Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs, Trefoils/Shortbread, Do-Si-Dos/Peanut Butter Sandwich, Lemonades, Savannah Smiles, Thanks-a-Lot, Dulce de Leche, Cranberry Citrus Crisps, Chocolate Chip Shortbread, and Thank U Berry Munch. Not all varieties are available in every region, but it's a safe bet that the most popular ones (Thin Mints, Samoas, and Tagalongs) will be offered.
All cookies sell for $4 a box, and money is collected upon delivery. Troops earn 65 cents per box sold, and the money goes towards trips and activities for the Girl Scouts, which vary from troop to troop. Black Diamond Council's cookies are baked by Little Brownie Bakers of Louisville, Ky.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program has been around since 1917. Originally, Scouts baked simple sugar cookies with the help of mothers volunteering as advisers, and they sold the cookies door-to-door for 25 to 35 cents per dozen. Since then, the cookies have become an iconic part of the Girl Scouting experience. In the early 2000s, the brightly-designed cookie boxes were introduced, and Daisies (for grades K-1) began selling as well.
"Selling cookies teaches goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics - aspects essential to leadership, to success and to life," according to the Girl Scouts' official website. Many of today's successful women, including Hillary Clinton, Sandra Day O'Connor, Katie Couric, Taylor Swift and Gloria Steinem are former Girl Scouts.
The Cookie Program has evolved with technology. A free Cookie Finder App is available for smartphones, listing the time, date and location of all cookie booth sales in the country. The Girl Scouts of the USA can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more, call the cookie hotline at 800-756-7616 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.