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Troop to troop

Every year millions of girls across the country gain valuable knowledge while providing their communities with a delicious treat — Girl Scout cookies! 2008 is no exception, and the Ennis troop, Service Unit 252, is gearing up for the local “Cookie Kickoff” next week, Dec. 28.
Traditionally held the last Friday of the year, the local kickoff sets the tone for the full-fledged fundraising effort of cookie selling that begins Jan. 11. And there’s a special focus for Ennis’ Girl Scout Cookie Program this time around –– cookies for U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan as well serving stateside.
“Project Troop to Troop,” a current Girl Scout service initiative, encourages the community to buy packages of Girl Scout Cookies to donate to the U.S. Armed Forces. Last year, Project Troop to Troop generated more than 100,000 packages of cookies; this year’s challenge is 120,000 packages. The 2008 Project Troop to Troop Cookies will be transported to Fort Hood, the USO, the American Red Cross and ultimately service men and service women at home and abroad. Cookies will also reach local Veterans Organizations and wounded soldiers.
Besides the competition in cookies sales for Girl Scouts, the organization is one of personal empowerment, said Troop Leader Teresa Watson,
“The Girl Scouts is great because it teaches leadership as well as teamwork,” she said. “It shows girls they have the opportunity to do what they want in life.”
Watson, whose daughter Samantha is one of the members of her troop, has been with Unit 252 for 11 years. Watson is a one-woman show for the Ennis Girl Scouts, serving as unit manager, registrar, cookie coordinator and day camp director as well as troop leader.
When Watson isn’t aiding the Girl Scouts, she’s helping the public as a member of front office personnel for the Ennis Daily News.
In addition to Girl Scout cookie favorites like Do-Si-Dos, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, All Abouts and Thin Mints, two new choices join the cast this year –– Lemon Chalet Crèmes and Sugar Free Chocolate Chips.
“The Girl Scout Cookie program is an integral part of Girl Scouts’ Business and Economic Literacy initiative for girls in 1st through 12th grade,” said Natalie C. Arnold, Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas’ director of marketing. “What started out as a bake sale, has turned into a sophisticated leadership program where girls learn valuable life and business skills.”
Among skills taught and honed are goal setting, public speaking, teamwork, responsibility, money and time management, financial literacy and “grassroots entrepreneurship in its finest form,” added Arnold who pointed out that “essentially the girls run their own business.”
Girl Scout troops use funds from the cookie program to fund service projects, educational field trips, and other activities.
Arnold also stressed that many successful women have credited their business skills to the Girl Scout Cookie Program, recognized today as the premier business and economic literacy effort for girls in the United States.
“As one successful Dallas entrepreneur put it,” Arnold related, “’It’s not about how many cookies are sold or which girl sells the most – It really is about learning to create a business plan, how to sell, and how to deliver on a promise.’”
Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas serves 42,000 girls and 15,000 adults in 32 northeast Texas counties. Call 1-800-882-MINT (6468) or email cookies@gsnetx.org for more information about the Girl Scout Cookie Program! Go to www.gsnetx.org/cookies/troop2troop.stm to donate directly to Project Troop to Troop.

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