The tradition of Girl Scouts going door-to-door has not changed but they may not have made it to your neighborhood.

But if you haven’t ordered your favorite Girls Scout cookie, you can still purchase them at booth sales outside local stories starting Feb. 29.

This year’s Girl Scout Cookie line-up includes two new delicious Girl Scout Cookies:  Lemon Chalet Cremes and Sugar Free Chocolate Chips. And the old favorites — Do-Si-Dos, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, All Abouts and the famous Thin Mints – are available, too.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is an integral part of Girl Scouts’ Business and Economic Literacy initiative for girls in 1st through 12th grade.  What started out as a bake sale, has turned into a sophisticated leadership program where girls learn valuable life & business skills: goal setting, public speaking, teamwork, brand awareness, responsibility, money & time management, financial literacy and grassroots entrepreneurship in its finest form.

Essentially, the girls run their own business. The entire troop sets a goal and follows a plan leading toward that goal. Girl Scout troops use funds from the Cookie Program to fund service projects, exciting educational field trips, and other leadership activities.

Troop to Troop!

And for the second year in a row people can purchase cookies for troops overseas from stateside Girl Scout troops

This Girl Scout service initiative encourages members of 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 to service men and service women at home and abroad.

Cookies will also reach local Veterans Organizations and wounded soldiers.  Go to www.gsnetx.org/cookies/troop2troop.stm to donate directly to Project Troop to Troop.  

Please call 1-800-882-MINT (6468) or email cookies@gsnetx.org for more information about the Girl Scout Cookie Program!

Girl Scouts is a “girl-led” organization where girls develop their leadership potential through activities that enable them to discover their values, skills, and the world around them; connect with others in a multicultural environment; and take action to make a difference in the world.

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas serves 42,000 girls.