Katie from Junior Troop 285 and Catherine from Brownie Troop 855 are two of many East Greenwich Girl Scouts who will be coming through your neighborhood selling their signature cookies starting in mid-January. The annual cookie sale runs locally through late March, and you can buy your cookies from a scout you know or at one of the booth sales that you will see around town. If you need to locate a booth sale, you can search by zip code at www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_cookies/meet_the_cookies.asp for times and dates of sales in East Greenwich.
The Scouts are introducing a new flavor this year called Cranberry Citrus Crisps. These cookies are made with nine grams of whole grains, tangy cranberry bits, and zesty citrus flavor. Girl Scout cookies are available to meet a variety of dietary requirements – Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Thanks-a-Lots, and Lemonades are vegan; and Thin Mints, Thanks-a-Lots and Lemonades are also nut and milk free. Other flavors available locally will be Caramel deLites, Shortbreads, and Peanut Butter Sandwiches. All varieties have zero grams of trans fat, and no artificial colors or preservatives. For those who want to support the Girl Scouts, but not eat the cookies, you can ask your local scout to designate your purchase for members or our armed forces serving overseas or for the troop’s cookie share partner – a charity chosen by the girls in each troop.
The East Greenwich Girl Scouts sell cookies for educational and financial reasons. Scouts learn five essential skills from selling cookies – goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. The cookie sale is our largest fund raiser of the year and supports maintenance of local camps and facilities, outreach to underserved Scouts, and local troop activities and service projects. Each girl has the opportunity to earn badges, camp credits and fun prizes for her sales. Further, Girl Scouts of Rhode Island has chosen The Matty Fund as its service project beneficiary. The mission of The Matty Fund is to provide family resources, raise epilepsy awareness, promote patient safety and improve the quality of life for children and families living with epilepsy.