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Article posted: 2/4/2013 8:03 AM

Taste your favorite Girl Scout cookies Feb. 8

Submitted by Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois

Girl Scouts of the USA has declared Friday, Feb. 8, as the first National Girl Scout Cookie Day.

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois is celebrating by offering a free Girl Scout Cookie tasting to the public from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Sugar Grove Service Center, 200 New Bond St., in Sugar Grove.

People can taste free samples of their favorite Girl Scout Cookies or try new flavors. Local Girl Scouts will be on hand to talk about how the Girl Scout Cookie Program provides them with business skills like goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics, and people skills. Community members will also have the opportunity to order cookies locally and support girls in their own neighborhoods.

Cookie lovers and social media fans can also support National Girl Scout Cookie Day by tweeting their favorite Girl Scout Cookie using #onemorebox and be entered in a nationwide contest.

Local girls will join Girl Scouts across the nation as they ask more than 50 million cookie fans to buy or order more boxes in honor of their success in running the largest girl-led business enterprise in the world.

Find cookies and visit Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois online at www.girlscoutsni.org/cookie.html.

Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls participate in carefully developed, age-appropriate cookie activities that help develop these skills that they can apply throughout their lives. Even the youngest Girl Scouts gain self-confidence and poise by learning how to greet customers and offer cookies for purchase.

As girls grow, emphasis is placed on getting to know their product -- ingredients, calories -- to designing innovative and creative marketing strategies and tools.

Girls learn to plan, set goals, build teams, speak up, make decisions, solve problems and manage resources. Over time, the skills girls gain set them on a path to be leaders, in their own lives and in their communities.

Girls also have the opportunity to give back to their community through the Girl Scout Cookie Program with the Gift of Caring: Cookies for the Military or the Community Gift of Caring. Girls can choose from offering customers the chance to purchase cookies for soldiers, or purchase cookies for a community organization designated by the troop.

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois serves nearly 20,000 girls and 6,000 adult volunteers in parts or all of Boone, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago counties.

Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls in kindergarten to 12th grade are engaged in discovering themselves, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place. Girls develop leadership potential by participating in age-appropriate activities that enable them to discover their values, skills, and the world around them.

Activities in science and technology, business and economic literacy, and outdoor and environmental awareness provide girls with opportunities for fun and friendship while fostering the development of leadership skills and self-esteem.

For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, visit www.girlscoutsni.org or call (800) 242-5591.

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