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There's more to Girl Scouting than cookies

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By The Staff

Often, when one hears the words "Girl Scouts," they think of cookies.

But scouting is about much more than just cookies. Just ask a Girl Scout.

For nearly 100 years, Girl Scouting has helped to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

According to the organization's Web site, Girl Scouting is the world's leading organization dedicated solely to girls where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, young ladies build character and skills for success in the real world.

"In partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, like leadership, strong values, social conscience and conviction about their own potential and self-worth," the Web site states.

Founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low, the organization's membership has grown from 18 members in Savannah, Ga., to 3.7 million members throughout the United States, including U.S. territories and in more than 90 countries through USA Girl Scouts Overseas.

The annual cookie sale is but a tiny part of Girl Scouting. But it's an important part. The cookie program is vital to girl leadership development. By participating in the program, Girl Scouts learn skills like goal setting, business communication, teamwork and money management, which result in girls having more confidence and a higher self-esteem. Proceeds from the cookie program help troops pay for their activities and adventures, as well as allow the Girl Scout Council to support its programs and maintain camp properties.

Local Girl Scouts will start taking orders beginning today, and booth sales are set to begin Feb. 23. Whether your preference is the peanut-buttery Do-si-dos or the chocolate-caramel Somoas, join in and do your part to help the girls of our community.