Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania launches 103rd Girl Scout Cookie™ season

Alison Quinn of Prospect Park, a ninth-grade student at Padua Academy and a member of Girl Scout Troop #502, braved the frigid temperatures to sell cookies outside of the Acme in Ridley Township Saturday afternoon. She was accompanied by her father, Mark Quinn.

MEDIA — Despite the cold temperatures, Girl Scouts were spotted, bundled up, with cookies in hand across the area last weekend.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania launched the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie™ season on Thursday. Girl Scouts across the region joined their fellow scouts across the United States as they turned into entrepreneurs, earning money to power their own leadership opportunities and adventures. Locally in Delaware County, the 2020 Cookie program kicked off with the first station set up at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant on State Street in Media Thursday night. Girl Scouts, from a variety of troops, could then be found throughout the county, hawking cookies, outside shopping centers and other stores all weekend.

This season, the scouts announced a sweet new way to celebrate young female leaders by refreshed packaging, reflecting the amazing experiences cookie earnings make possible for girls. Packaging shows girls involved in adventure-packed camping and canoeing, exploring space science and designing robots and taking action to improve their communities. Every purchase of Girl Scout Cookies™ makes experiences like these possible for girls in the local community.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program® teaches girls about entrepreneurship as they have fun learning essential skills like money management, public speaking, and decision making, which set them up for a lifetime of success. Nine in ten Girl Scouts say the program has increased their interest in pursuing entrepreneurship as a career path — so every cookie purchase is an investment in the world-changing business leaders of tomorrow.

What’s more, each and every purchase stays local to power amazing experiences and leadership opportunities for girls in communities across the United States. Girl Scouts have been around for 107 years and the cookies have been a Scout tradition for 103 years.

Cookie varieties this year include Lemonades®, alongside classics such as the Thin Mints®, Caramel deLites®, Shortbread, Peanut Butter Sandwich and Peanut Butter Patties®. This year, there is a new gluten free option, the Caramel Chocolate Chip. This will be the final year for the Thanks-A-Lot cookie, which will be retired after the 2020 season.

“The Girl Scout Cookie Program not only fuels our girls’ programming financially, it teaches them how to manage their own businesses through goal setting and financial planning,” said Kim Fraites-Dow, chief executive officer of the scouts. “The experiences they have and the funds they raise give girls as young as 5 years old planned adventures and service projects and we’re excited to see how far they go this year.”

Girl Scouts will be selling cookies all over town. Here are just a few of the cookie booth locations listed on the official Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania website: Boothwyn — Rite Aid, Acme, Rent-A-Center, Walmart, Game Stop; Chester - The Market Place/Chester Indoor Flea Market; Havertown - Acme/Manoa Shopping Center, the Kettle, Colonial Village-Manoa, Lowe’s, Cenzo’s, Panera/Quarry Center; Linwood - Richman’s Ice Cream; Upland - Sam and Sam’s; and Upper Darby - SEPTA at 69th Street Terminal. Additionally, dozens and dozens of unlisted cookie booths will be set up at locations throughout the county in the coming weeks. The 2020 Girl Scout Cookie program will end on March 8.

To find Girl Scouts selling cookies nearby, or get exact dates and times for their sale booths, visit www.girlscoutcookies.org or use the official Girl Scout Cookie™ Finder app, free on iOS and Android devices.

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