Girl Scouts celebrate upcoming cookie season at Virginia Living Museum

More than 1,200 Girl Scouts and their families packed the Virginia Living Museum on Saturday, December 8 to kick off the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Season. The special, high-energy, after-hours event featured several different stations designed to equip the girls with the latest knowledge of the cookie program in order to achieve individual and troops goals this winter.

From rehearsing their sales pitch to learning about business ethics and money management, Girl Scouts developed their entrepreneurial skills at Saturday's event. They even got to taste this year's cookie varieties: Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-si-dos, Savannah Smiles, Girl Scout S'mores and Toffee-tastic (gluten free). Cookie captains-teen Girl Scouts who are experienced cookie sellers-were on hand to guide their younger cookie entrepreneurs through the ins and outs of the cookie program at the different stations set up throughout the museum. By the end of the evening, the girls learned just what it takes to become a CEO-Cookie Entrepreneur Officer.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the nation's largest girl-led business and the leading financial literacy program for girls. Proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program allow girls to do amazing things, including community service projects!

"It helps us raise money so we can do fun things," Girl Scout Junior Liz Ball said. "Cookie time is the best time to be a Girl Scout!"

The 2018 cookie kickoff was sponsored by TowneBank.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina starts on January 5, 2019, when girls will begin taking cookie orders. Cookie booth sales begin February 17. Find more information about the local Girl Scout Cookie Program at www.gsccc.org.

About Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, a United Way agency, serves more than 11,000 girls in grades K through 12 with the help of nearly 5,000 adult volunteers in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Since 1912, Girl Scouts has been the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Today, we continue the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. To volunteer, reconnect, donate or join, visit www.gsccc.org or call 1-800-77SCOUT.
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