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Scouts' cookie drive includes new option

From left, Olivia Farney and Kinsley Smith from Girl Scout Troop 52938, sponsored by Butler Catholic School, sold cookies during last year's cookie drive.

Christmas decorations may be back in the attic, but soon there will be new boxes to open.

The Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania have kicked off the 2022 Girl Scout cookie season.

Consumers can support local Girl Scout entrepreneurs by purchasing their favorite cookies.

New this year will be the Adventurefuls, a brownie-inspired cookie with caramel-flavored crème and a hint of sea salt.

It will join perennial favorites Thin Mints, Samoas and Tagalongs.

“Our bakers like to stay on top of flavor trends,” said Lisa Shade, vice president of brand marketing and product program for the Girls Scouts Western Pennsylvania, which has 15,000 Girl Scout troop members.

“The Girl Scouts get a new product to learn about and talk about,” Shade said.

The Adventurefuls is an addition to the cookie selection, she said. It's not replacing a cookie.

In addition to a new cookie selection, there will be new ways to buy cookies.

“There are lots of ways to connect with cookies,” said Shade.

This year, Girl Scouts are selling cookies through the traditional order cards and booth sales, and in contact-free ways via the Digital Cookie online platform for direct shipment or local delivery.

Beginning Feb. 18, consumers can enter their ZIP code into the Girl Scout Cookie Finder to purchase cookies online from a local troop for direct shipment or donation to local causes.

Every Girl Scout cookie purchase fuels local Girl Scout activities throughout the year.

And through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls get a taste of being entrepreneurs and learn important online and offline business skills.

“The Girl Scout cookie program is a modern, real-world business experience that girls can't get anywhere else,” said Patricia A. Burkart, CEO of Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania. “Through every phase of the program, girls learn new skills and build confidence while helping fund troop activities and community service.

“When you purchase cookies from a Girl Scout, you help prove to her that her goals are possible,” said Burkhart.

In statistics compiled by Girls Scouts Western Pennsylvania, 11,000 Girl Scouts representing 1,400 troops sold more than 1.9 million packages of cookies last year.

The top-three selling varieties were Thin Mints (approximately 500,000 packages), Tagalongs (nearly 367,000 packages) and Samoas (341,000 packages).

Girl Scouts in Western Pennsylvania donated more than 66,000 packages of cookies to the military through Operation Sweet Appreciation last year.

Beginning Friday: Girl Scouts will take orders on their order cards and sending emails to their customers through their personalized Digital Cookie websites.Beginning Feb. 18: Visit girlscoutcookies.org and enter your ZIP code to purchase cookies online from a local Girl Scout troop.Feb. 25 to March 20: Visit girlscoutcookies.org and enter your ZIP code to locate a booth sale in your area. Online purchases from a local Girl Scout troop also will be available.