Girl Scouts of Lakota Council, a United Way agency, will begin their 47th annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale in the Storm Lake area on January 16 and run through February 2.
Local Girl Scouts will be offering eight varieties of cookies; Thin Mint, Samoa, Trefoil, Tagalongs, DoSiDos, and two new cookies - Double Dutch and Lemon Coolers. The price per box will be $3.50 and payment is not due until delivery between March 4 and March 15.
Girl Scouts of Lakota Council participates in this yearly event to help raise money for troop projects, materials, program events, community service projects, volunteer training and support, financial assistance to girls in need for membership dues and event fees, membership extension, and to maintain Camp Lakota, a 175-acre camp where girls learn of the out-of-doors, horseback ride and swim.
By participating in the sale, girls learn to set goals, express themselves, answer questions with confidence, handle money and follow through on a commitment. Adult volunteers work with the girls to set realistic goals and to help set a course of action to reach these goals. The girls set personal goals while also working as a team to formulate troop goals to fund troop activities and community service projects. In addition to the monetary proceeds from the cookies sales, girls also earn prizes and Bonus Bucks, which may be used to attend council sponsored events. If used to attend summer resident camp or to participate in the annual Junior Heritage Trip or an older girl "Destinations" trip, earned Bonus Bucks double in value.
Girl Scouts of Lakota Council's goal is to provide learning and growth opportunities for all girls. The council offers over 40 annual programs to girls ranging from the arts, science and technology, social development, the out-of-doors, health and fitness, and travel. All programs are supported in part by the cookie sale.
For every dollar in cookie sale proceeds, 92 percent pays for services and programs.
Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Today, as when founded in 1912, GSUSA helps cultivate values, social conscience and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults.
In Girl Scouting - and it's special girl-only environment - girl discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together.
* For more information regarding the Girl Scout cookie sale or membership opportunities, contact the Girl Scouts of Lakota Council at 515-573-8141 or 1-800-798-8141.