Letter: Girl Scout Cookies help girls grow important skills

To the editor:

Everyone loves Girl Scout Cookies. But did you know that with every Samoa or Thin Mint you buy, you are helping build strong, successful girls?

With Girl Scout Cookie booths set through March 22, this is a great time to talk about what girls gain from Girl Scouting. It is a good time to look at why we all have a stake in helping today’s girls succeed.

For 100 years, Girl Scouts has provided girls with ways to learn and lead. Our Girl Scout Cookie Program is a key part of our mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Girls who sell Girl Scout Cookies learn teamwork. They create business plans and work with their customers. They learn to set goals, make decisions, manage money and behave ethically. Think about how vital these skills are in all walks of life.

Recent national research found that girls who take part in Girl Scouting graduate high school and go to college in higher numbers. As adults, they are more active in their communities and earn more income over a lifetime.

So, when you see local Girl Scouts working cookie booths outside your favorite stores over the coming weeks, remember that with every cookie you buy, you’re investing in girls. Through this program, girls learn they can do anything; be anything. That’s a pretty amazing return on a $3.50 investment in a box of cookies.

Lora Tucker, CEO

Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana

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