HARTFORD -- Mary Barneby, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Connecticut and Girl Scout Kennedy from Glastonbury stopped by FOX 61's Good Day Connecticut because Girl Scout cookie season is right around the corner. Order-taking starts Saturday and this year, the Girl Scouts are celebrating 100 years of selling cookies by unveiling a new specialty cookie.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest, girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world. Girl Scouts of all ages who participate in the cookie program learn five important skills: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills, and Business Ethics. Girls do incredible things with the proceeds they earn through the program including:
- Cooking dinner for a local homeless shelter
- Providing dinner for hurricane and nor’easter victims
- Planting a community garden
- Donating cookies to a local veterans hospital
- Raising money for animal shelters
- Attending science programs at local museums
- Learning anti-bullying techniques at workshops
- Camping trips around the state
- Troop activities and trips
Girl Scouts of Connecticut also has a Gift of Caring Service project, Cookies for Heroes. Girl Scouts give customers the option to purchase cookies to be donated to service women and men at home and overseas.