Annual Girl Scout Cookie program starts today

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Girl Scouts will begin selling the famous Girl Scout Cookies on February 2nd.

Kathleen Esposito leads a presentation for troop leaders and cookie captains the older Girl Scouts who mentor cookie rookies
Kathleen Esposito leads a presentation for troop leaders and cookie captains the older Girl Scouts who mentor cookie rookies

The organization's new S'mores flavor is making a return. It's finally that time of year again.

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The Girls Scouts of Central Illinois are kicking off the 2018 Cookie Season with the annual Cookie Rally, to be held January 27 at the Illinois Valley YMCA in Peru.

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If you're insane about these delicious cookies and aren't sure if you can wait another year to order more, read on: we've rounded up some recipes that come pretty close to the originals. Proceeds from your purchase stay local and help power new experiences for her and every awesome G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) who sells Girl Scout Cookies! (The recipe for the original cookie can still be found on the Girl Scouts website.) The concept behind the cookies was to teach members about business and entrepreneurship while simultaneously raising funds for their troop activities.

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The Cookies-4-Heroes program has been used by other troops, like the Girl Scouts of CT who host a website allowing online purchases to be sent to military men and women both domestic and overseas. "They're not required to buy cookies but they have to find a girl scout at a booth or through the council to get the code". "Troop profits, the girls decide what they want to use the money for". This year, the cookies for sale include S'mores, Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbreads, Thanks-a-Lots, and Lemonades. Customers can make $4 donations that represent a box of cookies that will be given to Soldier's Angels and Riverbend Troop Support.

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