SOURCE: Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council

Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council

February 18, 2009 13:44 ET

Girl Scouts Learn Goal Setting Through Cookies

Girls Learn Importance of Persistence and Working Together

REDLANDS, CA--(Marketwire - February 18, 2009) - Local Girl Scouts benefit from the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program by saving, serving their community and planning for their future.

Although the Girl Scout Cookie Program helps teach skills such as public speaking, money management, and working as a team, perhaps the most fulfilling lesson is learning to set realistic goals.

Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council Cookie Program lasts approximately two months each year, and allows girls from kindergarten through high school to sit down as a group (troop) and create goals for how many cookies they would like to sell and what they would like to do with their proceeds. They also strategize how they will make their goals possible.

Younger Girl Scouts (Daisies or Brownies) may want to earn enough money, or "cookie dough," to go to the beach and have a "Beach Clean-up Day" or go to Sea World and learn about wildlife. While older girls, such as those in Linda Siems' troop #408, may save for trips to travel abroad.

Troop #408 has used their "cookie dough" to fund trips to London, Paris and Switzerland; they are currently working on earning cookie dough for a trip abroad in 2011. Trips to any part of the world create fond memories, respect for other cultures and a broader perspective of what girls can accomplish.

"I wanted the girls to see the Mona Lisa and other historical landmarks, but realized as I watch girls go on to finish college, apply to law school or get married, they had more than that," Ms. Siems said. "They gained self esteem, learned to accept each other for their differences and chase their dreams, no matter how big." All are important tools that shape the Girl Scout Cookie Program, which helps build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

Look for cookie booths at your local grocery store March 6 through March 29, 2009. To support local Girl Scouts through the cookie program, visit or call (800) 400-GIRL (4475).

About Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council

Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council (GSSGC) serves more than 15,000 girls in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. With the dedicated support of 5,000 adult volunteers, Girl Scouts meets the needs of girls ages 5 to 17 through fun, value-based, educational programs. For more information, visit the GSSGC website at or call (800) 400-4475.

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