Girl Scout cookie time is here again, and many of us look forward to stocking our pantries with our yearly supply of
Thin Mints. Girl Scout Cookies certainly are tasty, but they also are so much more. Girl Scouts affects the lives of
local girls and the community.
Across the state, Girl Scout cookies are for sale until March 7. The annual cookie sale is a girl-led business that
generates more than $700 million for girls and communities nationwide. It teaches girls responsibility, communication
skills, money smarts, self-confidence, teamwork, goal setting, honesty and integrity.
Since I joined the Girl Scouts of Colorado last summer, I have been amazed by the number of women leaders in our
country who have participated in Girl Scouts. It's clear that this century-old organization helps build confident women
who make an impact on the world.
Making the world a better place is central to the Girl Scouts mission. During the cookie activity, Girl Scouts benefit
other nonprofit organizations, food banks, military and uniformed personnel who serve our community through our
Hometown Heroes program. By offering customers the opportunity to purchase cookies that will be donated to local heroes
such as firefighters, police officers and military personnel, girls gain appreciation about the invaluable services of
their recipients. All Hometown Heroes purchases are tax-deductible. Last year's statewide program donated 111,000
packages for hundreds of community organizations.
Girl Scouts of Colorado is where girls throughout the state gain courage, confidence and character along with meeting
other girls who will be their friends for life. It's a safe place for girls to explore their world, develop an
understanding of community and take action to make the world a better place. Girls are guided by committed, caring
adults who help each girl achieve her personal leadership style and pathway.
So when the girls in green come knocking on your door, be reminded of the far-reaching impact that Girl Scouting has on
individual girls and on making our community, and our world, a sweeter place to live.
Karen Rose, Girl Scouts of Colorado, Durango