The Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary is right around

the corner and Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas is starting its

celebration with the world famous Girl Scout Cookie Program! Girl

Scouts of Northeast Texas will launch its annual Cookie Program on

January 6, 2012 and it will last through the end of March. Girl

Scout cookie booths will be available at select neighborhood stores

beginning February 24, 2012.

 This year, the Girl Scouts have added a new sweet

treat to celebrate the 100th Anniversary- the Savannah Smiles Girl

Scout cookie! Savannah Smiles are a lemony delight that will bring

back warm memories of where Girl Scouts first began and are sure to

make you smile.

Since its inception on March 12, 1912 in Savannah,

Georgia, Girl Scouts has built girls of courage, confidence and

character, who make the world a better place. 

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is an integral part of

Girl Scouts’ Business and Economic Literacy initiative for girls in

grades K through 12. 

The program helps Girl Scouts develop five key

skills, including goal setting, decision making, money management,

people skills and business ethics.

“As we approach the second century of Girl Scouting,

we will continue to give every girl the opportunity to be the

leader she wants to be and to be the leader the world needs her to

be,” said Colleen Walker, Chief Executive Officer for the Girl

Scouts of Northeast Texas. “The Girl Scout Cookie Program does just

that, supplying girls with important leadership skills that will

provide a lifelong foundation for success.”

Girl Scout troops set sales goals and follow plans to

raise enough funds to support service projects, educational field

trips and other leadership activities. The Girl Scout Cookie

Program boosts girls’ self-esteem, encouraging them to dream big

and plan a professional career path based on what they’ve


Community service through Project Troop to Troop is

also a cornerstone of the Girl Scout Cookie Program. It encourages

members of the community to buy Girl Scout cookies for donation to

the U.S. Armed Forces. 

Last year, Project Troop to Troop in Northeast Texas

donated more than 177,000 packages of Girl Scout cookies. 

The cookies were transported to service men and women

at home and abroad, through Fort Hood, the USO and the American Red

Cross. Girl Scout cookies were also donated to local veterans’

organizations and wounded soldiers.

Cookie flavors include the world-famous Thin Mints,

Tagalongs, Samoas, Do-Si-Dos, Trefoils, Dulce de Leche, Thank U

Berry Munch, and the newest flavor, Savannah Smiles.

Want to find the Girl Scout cookie booth nearest you?

There’s an app for that! Download the Cookie Locator app on your

iPhone or Android by dialing **GSCOOKIES from your phone. Search

for sales in your neighborhood and share your findings with friends

on Facebook, Twitter and via email.

For more information on how you can support Girl

Scouts of Northeast Texas by purchasing a delicious box of Girl

Scout Cookies, please visit

For a digital copy of this news release and to

download Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas’ Cookie Program logos and

graphics, visit


About Girl Scouts of Northeast


Girl Scouts is the premiere leadership organization

and is the largest pipeline for female leadership. Girl Scouting

builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the

world a better place. 

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas serves nearly 35,000

girls and 17,000 adults in 32 northeast Texas counties. For

information on how to join, volunteer, donate or reconnect to the

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, call (800) 442-2260 or visit or