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Peanut Butter Bears, Dark Chocolate Mint Penguins join Girl Scout Fall Product Program

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Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois

Peanut Butter Bears, Dark Chocolate Mint Penguins, Dulce De Leche Caramels and Wasabi Almonds join the lineup for Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois' 2012 Fall Product Program! Local Girl Scouts will start their own small businesses, offering gourmet food items and magazines to community members, from October 19 to November 2. To support the business leaders of tomorrow, ask your favorite Girl Scout entrepreneur for an order form or e-mail your order to info@girlscoutsni.org where it will be filled and delivered by a Girl Scout in your area.

This year's other gourmet treats include Mint Treasures (in a vintage Girl Scout mailbox tin!), Caramel Treasures, Chocolate Covered Raisins and Deluxe Pecan Clusters. There are salty nut items such as Whole Cashews, Chocolate Toffee Almonds, Honey Roasted Peanuts, along with Chocolate Covered Peanuts and Cranberry Nut Mix. There is also a sweet Fruit Slice assortment and the always delicious spicy Hot Cajun Crunch! Food items start at only $5, and no food item is more than $8. Product previews are available online at http://www.girlscoutsni.org/fall_product_line.html.

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Girls will also be offering magazine subscriptions through online ordering. Any community member may encourage members of the military through GSNI's Gift of Caring Share Program. A $5 donation purchases one candy/nut item and four $5 donations purchases one subscription to a magazine for a military service member. All candy, nuts and subscriptions are ordered virtually and donated directly to the military. Girls who receive two $5 donations toward the Gift of Caring Share Program earn a colorful Share Patch for their commitment to our troops!

About the Fall Product Program

The Fall Product Program is instrumental in helping girls develop five key skills:

Goal Setting

Decision Making

Money Management

People Skills

Business Ethics

While the Fall Product Program is not as well known as the Girl Scout Cookie Program, it is just as important to Girl Scouts! Both programs teach girls important skills and help them earn money for troop activities. The proceeds from the Fall Products Program help troops to fund activities and service projects that begin long before the Winter Girl Scout Cookie Program. Girl Scout Product Programs differ from traditional fundraisers by encouraging girls to work together to decide how to spend troop funds rather than dictating what the money will be used towards.

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