Girl Scout Cookie Sale Begins

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Kim Lauth

Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians

1567 Downtown West Blvd

Knoxville. TN 37919



Great Girl Scout Cookie Sale to begin

Knoxville, Tennessee (January 10,2011): When your local Girl Scouts come calling with year’s cookies, remember you’re saying hello to tomorrow’s leaders.

Former Girl Scouts include such diverse leaders as University of Tennessee Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and TV news anchor Katie Couric.

And the Cookie Program is igniting ambition in thousands of local Girl Scouts like Kameron Hanshaw, who looks forward to the yearly event.

“I ask everybody!“ Kameron says of her sales strategy. “I go to my stepdad’s job, and they all know what I’m there for! I say ‘Are you going to support our troop again this year? They say of course!’”

The Girl Scout Cookie Program empowers Kameron and other girls to set goals, make decisions, manage money, sharpen people skills, and practice business ethics. Girls will use these tools to achieve success for the rest of their lives.

Members of the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians will be selling cookies January 12 through March 20. The price per box remains $3.50.

The mint chocolate cookies, rich caramel and chocolate cookies, and traditional shortbread cookies are back this year, along with other favorite flavors.

Cookies come from Little Brownie Bakers in Louisville, Kentucky, where the recipes are closely guarded secrets. But the cookie program began as individual troop bake sales almost 100 years ago. Some former Girl Scouts in our region even remember making their own individual cookies to sell.

Visit for more information. Booth sales outside local stores begin February 25, and the Web site will have a cookie locator map showing neighborhood booth times and locations.

All girls benefit equally from the troop’s sales, because proceeds go to the troop treasuries—not to individual girls. Girls have fun reaching a goal, customers get a great product, and all profits stay in the region to be used by local troops and the council to fund services for more than 20,000 girls and volunteers.

About the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians…

The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians has 22,000 girl and adult members stretching from North Georgia to Southwest Virginia. Service centers are located in Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Johnson City. Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The council offers financial assistance to ensure that every girl who wants to be a Girl Scout has the opportunity to join this vibrant organization.

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