Girl Scouts celebrate 100 years; debut new cookie
by Jennifer Cohron
Jan 19, 2012 | 1974 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It’s that time of year again. The Girl Scouts are now holding their always-popular cookie sale, and this year there’s a new cookie available. Savannah Smiles are lemon-flavored cookies that are expected to sell as well as all the others.
It’s that time of year again. The Girl Scouts are now holding their always-popular cookie sale, and this year there’s a new cookie available. Savannah Smiles are lemon-flavored cookies that are expected to sell as well as all the others.
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A lemon cookie called Savannah Smiles is joining the lineup of Thin Mints, Do-si-dos, Samoas and other Girl Scout favorites this year in honor of the organization’s 100th anniversary.

Juliette Gordon Low founded the group in Savannah, Ga., in March 1912. The popular cookie sale program began in 1917.

The new cookie is described on the baking company’s website as “cool and crisp, with just the right number of lemon chips to deliver tiny bursts of flavor. And, when you hold it right, you’ll quickly be reminded of that world-famous ‘Brownie Smile.’”

Savannah Smiles also ranks highest on the nutritional scale. Each cookie contains 28 calories versus 40 calories in one Thin Mint and 70 calories in one Samoa.

“Girl Scouts teach the importance of health and wellness every day,” Trish Coghlan, CEO of the Girl-Scouts of North-Central Alabama, said in a press release. “Even if you are participating in a weight-loss plan, you can still participate in this important program by purchasing cookies as part of our Cookies for Troops campaign and have your cookies sent overseas to brighten a soldier’s day.”

Local Scouts are currently taking pre-orders. The cost is $3.50 per box.

Delivery is expected after Feb. 3 and booth sales will start Feb. 10.

A Girl Scout Cookie Locator App is available for iPhone and Android users.

The cookie sale program is a financial literacy tool as well as a major funding source for the local Council, which serves more than 15,000 girls in 36 counties.

GSNCA participants raised approximately $3.8 million in cookie sales between October 2009 and September 2010, according to the Council’s literature.

“We appreciate everyone who is supporting Girl Scouts and helping us develop tomorrow’s leaders,” said Jennifer Parker, community development manager for GSNCA.