This year, there’s a new Girl Scout S’mores cookie to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scout Cookies. During Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland’s Cookie Sale, which starts Feb. 11 and ends March 19, Girl Scouts are learning essential life skills — goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics — that stay with them forever.
A century ago, girls started participating in what would evolve into the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world — the Girl Scout Cookie Program — through which girls learn skills to become effective leaders, manage finances, and gain self-sufficiency and confidence in handling money. The first-known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts was in 1917, when the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, did what Girl Scouts everywhere do: They had a great idea, got together, and took action to make it a reality. They decided to fund their projects by selling homemade cookies, and the idea spread.
Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland’s new S’mores cookie celebrating this centennial is a crispy graham cookie double-dipped in crème icing and finished with a scrumptious chocolatey coating. S’mores, which are vegan and free of artificial colors, preservatives and partially hydrogenated oils, are the ninth cookie variety. Priced at the same $4 per package, with all proceeds staying in Kansas to support Girl Scouting, the 2017 Cookie Lineup includes: Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Lemonades, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbreads, Thanks-A-Lots, S’mores and the gluten-free Trios.