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Girl Scouts cookie sale begins
WHAT: Girl Scout cookies booth.
WHERE: California Concepts, 537 W. Wood St., Willows.
WHEN: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday.
INFORMATION: To order cookies or suggest community service projects call Daisy Troop leader Shannon Cartwright at 321-1272.
Girls Scouts cookies have hit the streets with a new look that showcases the entrepreneurship of its young sellers.
For the first time in almost 15 years, the cookie boxes have been revamped to show Girl Scouts in action, as well as illustrate the five skills girls gain from the cookie sale, including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.
The renowned Girl Scout cookie lineup includes Trefoils, Samoas, Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Dulce de Leche, Thank U Berry Munch, Savannah Smiles and Do-Si-Do.
"Thin Mints and Samoas are everyone's favorites," said Kelly Cartwright, 7, a second-year Daisy Scout with the Willows troop.
The updated boxes, the first change since 1999, include stories of what Girl Scouts do today, the fun they have doing it and all the things girls learn from the experience, said Troop Leader Shannon Cartwright.
"The boxes reflect what the girls are earning and what they're learning," Cartwright said. "In addition to receiving badges and money for their troop, the girls learn public speaking, how to make a business plan and how to set goals from cookies sells."
Girls Scout cookies have been a major part of the national organization since 1917, and is a $790 million a year business.
All the revenue earned from cookie activities, stays with the local Girl Scout council that sponsors the sale, with individual troop earning about 10 percent.
Cookie revenue helps to provide supplies to troop and funds troop activities, said parent Susan Thidsouvan, whose daughter Meah was recognized last year as the Daisy's top seller.
Cookie sales run through March 17, in partnership with local businesses or by direct sell.
"Selling cookies is my favorite thing to do," said Meah Thidsouvan, 7. "I like going door to door."
Willows Girl Scouts troops, which also include Brownies and Juniors, will schedule booth sales throughout the cookie campaign, beginning Sunday at California Concepts.
Troop leaders include Trisha Nissen and Erin Bitle.
Cookies are also available at Vickie Miller Reality in Willows.
When it comes to skill building, statistics reflect how the Girl Scout cookie program works.
According to a survey from the Girl Scout Research Institute, 85 percent of scouting entrepreneurs learn money management by developing budgets, taking cookie orders and handling customers' money. Eighty-three percent build business ethics, 80 percent learn goal setting, 77 percent improve decision making and 75 percent develop people skills.
Girl Scout Daisy is the initial level of Girl Scouting.
Willows Daisies are in kindergarten and first grade and meet monthly to help the girls plan activities to introduce them to Girl Scouts.
"I like skating the best," said Kelly Cartwright. "But I love going to the zoo."
There are 11 girls in the Willows Daisy troop who are just learning the importance of community service, Shannon Cartwright said.
The girls made cookies over the holidays for an adoptive family event in Chico and are now planning a project to benefit the Town and Country Humane Society in Orland.
Kelly Cartwright and Meah Thidsouvan have both donated hair to Locks of Love, which provide hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss.
Both girls' vests are covered in badges that reflect their activities.
"Girl Scouts teaches them to be the wonderful adults we want them to become," Shannon Cartwright said.
CONTACT Susan Meeker at 934-6800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.