The Girl Scout Cookie Program in Southern Illinois: Order Taking: Now through January 26; Cookie Booths: February 21 through March 15

January 13, 2020

Glen Carbon, Illinois— January is a great month to be a Girl Scout! This month Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) launch the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie™ season. Girl Scouts across the United States become entrepreneurs as they earn money to power their own leadership opportunities and adventures. This season, GSUSA announces two sweet new ways to celebrate young female leaders: refreshed packaging reflecting the amazing experiences cookie earnings make possible for girls, and a new lemon cookie available in select areas. The Girl Scout Cookie Program® teaches girls about entrepreneurship as they have fun learning essential skills such as money management, public speaking, people skills and decision making, which set them up for a lifetime of success. Nine in ten Girl Scouts say the cookie program has built their entrepreneurship skills and their interest in pursuing entrepreneurship as a career path—so every cookie purchase is an investment in the world-changing business leaders of tomorrow. What’s more, each and every purchase stays local to power amazing experiences and leadership opportunities for girls in communities across the United States.

GSUSA’s refreshed cookie packaging (with the same great taste!) continues to emphasize what the cookie program is all about, and the updated images feature current Girl Scouts taking part in a diverse range of experiences available to members—from adventure-packed camping and canoeing, to exploring space science and designing robots, to taking action to improve their communities. Every purchase of Girl Scout Cookies makes experiences like these possible for girls in your local community. The new Girl Scout Cookie is Lemon-Ups™ and it is a crispy lemon cookie baked with messages inspired by Girl Scout entrepreneurs. “I am a go-getter” and “I am an innovator” are among the eight phrases that bring the experience of Girl Scouting to life. The new cookie joins the national 2020 lineup, which also includes favorites such as Thin Mints®, Samoas®, and Trefoils®.

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois CEO Loretta Graham notes, “This past year we’ve seen an increase in the number of girls making a difference in their communities. Our all-Girl Scout Robotic teams competed in the Lego competition and five Girl Scout teams advanced to the state level. These all-girl teams are breaking down barriers! The Girl Scout Cookie Program makes this kind of girl-driven leadership building possible.”

“Everyone loves Girl Scout Cookies—but the program is about so much more than cookies,” said GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. “Girls learn about entrepreneurship as they run their own cookie businesses. The important business and financial literacy skills girls learn through the program are proven to build their leadership skills and position them for success in the future. When you purchase cookies you are helping girls power their Girl Scout experience and you’re supporting female entrepreneurs.”

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSofSI) kicked off the iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program on January 4 with the first Girl Scout Cookie Booth Weekend of the season. At these Cookie Booths, customers purchased cookies directly from troops who have set up shop at area establishments throughout Southern Illinois.

From now until January 26, Girl Scouts will take orders for the treats, which will be delivered in early March. In addition to cookie booths and traditional paper order cards, girls can sell Girl Scout Cookies online through a safe interactive platform called Digital Cookie. Now in its sixth record-breaking year, Digital Cookie combines traditional sales skills with modern technology to help girls learn more about online marketing and ecommerce. Girls can customize their personal sales website and then use e-mail to invite friends and family to purchase cookies from the comfort of their homes. Customer demand for Girl Scout Cookies following delivery has been high historically, so additional Cookie Booth Weekends will be held from late February through March.

Girl Scout Cookies can only be purchased from a registered Girl Scout. To find Girl Scouts selling cookies in your area, please call 800.345.6858 or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, free on iOS and Android devices.

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois (GSofSI) is a high-capacity Girl Scout council serving approximately 10,007 girls and engaging 3,686 adult volunteers in 40 and ½ counties in Southern Illinois.  GSofSI Mission: Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.   The Girl Scouts organization is the world’s largest leadership development organization for girls.  In partnership with committed adults, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives – such as strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth. Today’s Girl Scouts not only enjoy camping and crafts; they also explore math and science and learn about diversity, good citizenship, leadership and teamwork. Girl Scouting is the place where girls experience the fun, friendship and power of girls together.   Join Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois today! Adult Volunteers and Girls K-12 welcome. Call 800-345-6858 or email GSofSI is a not-for-profit organization supported by various United Ways throughout the region.  Girl Scouts is a Proud Partner of United Way.