FARMINGDALE – Be sure to have your wallets at the ready because Girl Scout cookies are coming your way! The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore will launch the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie season on Jan. 11. Girl scouts throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties will be taking orders through Jan. 27.
It doesn’t stop there! Girl Scout Cookie booths will set up purchasing locations outside more than 1,000 areas businesses starting Feb. 22.
“The annual Girl Scout Cookie program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world,” said Eileen Higgins, CEO, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. “It starts with a cookie, but our Girl Scouts get the skills to grow up and become the next generation of female leaders.”
Girl scouts will be offering up our favorites, including Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs and Do-Si-Dos, Trefoils, Savannah Smiles, Girl Scout S’mores, and the gluten-free Toffee-tastic.
Each box sold is a step in the right direction for our local girl scouts. According to The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, over 50 percent of female entrepreneurs and business owners are Girl Scout alums, having gained essential business skills through their participation in the annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale.
The Girl Scout Cookie Sale helps to teach these young girls essential skills and experiences such as leadership, travel, adventure, science, technology, engineering, and even math.
According to a recent Girl Scout Research Institute study, the program also provides various benefits, finding that two out of three girls who participate in the program learn goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics, while supporting themselves and their communities.
“Proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program stay local,” said Higgins. “When a customer buys a box of delicious cookies from a Girl Scout, they’re making a direct impact in our community.”
For more information on the Girl Scout Cookie Program in Monmouth and Ocean counties, visit gsfun.org/GirlScoutCookies. You can find a purchasing location near you by using the Girl Scout Cookie locator at girlscoutcookies.org.