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Girl Scout cookies on sale

The wait is over - Girl Scout cookies have arrived in the Mountain Area.

Girl Scout Troop 3041(Oakhurst), Troop 2641 (Oakhurst), and Troop 661 (Coarsegold), are hosting cookie drive-through locations to make purchasing cookies as convenient as possible.

On Saturdays, Troop 3041 will be at the Sierra Star parking lot, 49165 Crane Valley Road (426), through March 19.

On Sundays, cookies will be available in the Old Mill Shopping Center near Payless Shoes. This location will be open every Sunday, through March 20.

All locations will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All cookies, including lemonades, shortbread, thin mints, peanut butter patties, cranberry citrus crisps, peanut butter sandwich, and caramel deLites, are $5 a box.

Buying Girl Scout Cookies is about more than just handing over money for a box. It’s about the skills a girl gains from interacting directly with the public. It’s about the experience the Scouts receive about running a cookie business and working with others.

The Cookie Sale Program and Fall Nuts, Candy & Magazine Sale Program are part of the Girl Scout leadership experience. Girl’s participation in either sales program teaches Girl Scouts five key skills that will help them grow in to leaders in their own lives, leaders in business and leaders in the world. These five skills are:

1. Goal Setting: Girl Scouts set their cookie sale goals individually and, with her team creates a plan to reach them, and they develop cooperation and team building skills all along the way.

2. Decision Making: Girl Scouts help decide how her Troop will spend their proceeds earned from cookie sales, furthering critical thinking and problem solving skills.

3. Money Management: Girl Scouts take orders, handles customer’s money, gaining practical and valuable life skills.

4. People Skills: Girl Scouts learn how to talk to, listen to and work with all kinds of people through their participation in the program.

5. Business Ethics: Girl Scouts follow the Girl Scout Promise and Law to be honest and responsible at every step of the cookie program, reinforcing the positive values they are developing as a Girl Scout.

Through the Girl Scout cookie program, girls learn what it takes to be a business woman. Each Girl Scout sets a personal goal for her cookie sales and works hard to achieve her goal.

Every penny of funds raised through cookie sales, after paying the baker, stays with the Central California South Girl Scout Council. Girl Scout councils offer a wide variety of recognition items that girls are eligible to earn individually based on their sales. Girl Scout councils do not provide any portion of their cookie revenue to Girl Scouts of the USA.

Mountain Area troops will use funds to help pay for educational field trips, and community service projects.

Details: Teri Blea, (559) 760-3018, girlscoutsccs.org.

About Girl Scouts: Girl Scouts aims to give every girl access to life-changing experiences that enable her to reach her full potential, through programs that teach practical life skills and leadership. Every year, Girl Scouts of Central California South gives more than 10,000 girls in Fresno, Madera, Kern, Kings, and Tulare counties the opportunity to grow, learn and have fun. 5,000 of these girls who would not otherwise be able to participate due to various life situations, are served through its Girl Scouts Connect Program. 3,000 adult volunteers provide vital Girl Scout troop leadership throughout the Central Valley.

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