Local Girl Scouts celebrate centennial with new treat for cookie season

Posted on February 16, 2012 by Sonoma Valley Sun
Sonoma Valley Fire District Station #3 served as the staging area as some 20,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies were delivered in preparation for Girl Scout cookie season, starting locally this week.

There is almost nothing better than Girl Scout cookie season which, this year, runs from February 13 through March 18.  To celebrate 100 years of scouting, the Girl Scouts of Northern California debut their new lemon-flavored ‘Savannah Smiles’ cookie and go mobile with a cookie locator app for smart phones.

Here in Sonoma, close to 20,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies were delivered last Saturday, February 11.  Local scouts partnered with Sonoma Valley Fire District and arranged to have their largest order ever delivered to Station #3.  The engine bay was filled with hundreds of cases to be counted, sorted and distributed to local Girl Scout troops.

A cookie-consumer revolution is underway, just as the Girl Scouts of Northern California kick-off “Forever Green” – a year-long, 100th anniversary celebratory campaign chock-full of new events, initiatives, programs and plans.

From February 13 through March 18, local Sonoma troops make their way door-to-door and at booth sales all over the Valley with cookies in hand. At $4 a box, there are eight delectable delights to choose from: Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Dulce de Leche, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Thank U Berry Munch and debut of Savannah Smiles, a crisp, lemon wedge centennial specialty named to commemorate the birthplace of Girl Scouts USA in Savannah, Georgia in 1912. All of the cookie varieties have 0 grams trans fat per serving and have no high fructose corn syrup, seven varieties have no artificial colors, and five varieties contain no hydrogenated oils. Visit for all the info on the GSNorCal cookie sale.

The largest girl-run business in the country, the Girl Scout Cookie Program, allows girls to earn while they learn five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. All proceeds stay within the local council and directly support programs for girls and financial aid.

“What can a cookie do?  More than you can see,” said local girl scout leader, Darcy McNairy. “Girls learn skills that prepare them for future successes, and the girls decide what to do with their proceeds, which are an important and affordable way for them to attend camp, participate in programs, fund service projects in their community, buy uniforms, and pay membership fees.”

The Girl Scouts in Sonoma Valley will be celebrating their 100th anniversary at a special gathering in the Sonoma Plaza on Monday, March 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  The community is invited to join in the amphitheater as the younger Girl Scouts call for all Girl Scout alumni to come celebrate with them.

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