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Thin Mints Anyone?

Girl Scout cookie sales begin Sunday, Feb. 10th, and thanks to a new mobile app, finding your Savannah Smiles and DoSiDos has never been easier.

[Editor's note: The following article was submitted Cindy Carrasco, Leader Support Manager, Diamond Crest Service Unit, Girl Scouts of NorCal. If you have a community or school event you'd like to promote on Patch, email the editor at joan.dentler@patch.com.]

As a Girl Scout leader, I can tell you there are several important things to remember: the Girl Scout Promise and Girl Scout Law, how to tie a dunk line, enough camp songs to survive a long road trip, and all eight varieties of Girl Scout cookies.

This February 10th, Girl Scouts of all ages will be out, cookies in hand, ready to send you home with your favorite variety. The cookie price and selection is the same as last year, only $4 for a box of Thin Mints, Samoas, DoSiDos, Tagalongs, Dulce de Leche, Trefoil, Savannah Smiles, and Thank U Berry Munches. Cookie sales runs through Sunday, March 17th.

Finding cookies is now easier than ever. Thanks to the FREE Girl Scout cookie locator mobile app (https://www.girlscoutsnorcal.org/pages/product_sales/mobile_app.html), smartphone users and cookie-seekers can search for local sales or by zip code, share locations with friends, add sale dates to their calendars, and discover their own Girl Scout Cookie Personality. The app also provides nutritional details on each cookie and allows customers to sign up for email alerts when cookie booths spring up.  Users can download through the iPhone app store, Android marketplace or by calling **GSCOOKIES to have the app sent directly to your smartphone via text reply (or for desktop discovery, visit iLoveCookies.org).

Low on cash? No problem as many high tech Girl Scout booths will be accepting credit card sales.

Not Just About Cookies
Girl Scout Cookie Sales is a major part of the Girl Scout program, not only because it raises much needed funds for individual troop activities and Girl Scout programs, but for the valuable business skills it teaches the girls. Through cookie sales every girl learns goal setting, money management, sales and marketing strategies, people skills, and business ethics - skills they will build upon into their adulthood. When you purchase your cookies, ask the troop how they plan to use their funds - you may be surprised at their answer!

In addition to buying cookies for yourself, you can purchase boxes and have them donated to the military to bring a taste of home to troops overseas or to a local food bank to bring cheer to victims of disaster or families in need. Gift of Caring is simple: you purchase the gift receipt, and Girl Scouts will make sure your gift puts a smile on someone's face, whether they're far from home or just around the corner.

About your local Girl Scout troops
Girl Scouts in Belmont, San Carlos, Redwood Shores, and part of San Mateo are member of the Diamond Crest Service Unit. We are among the largest Girl Scout Service Unit in Northern California with over 1,300 registered girls including Daisies (Kinder & 1st grade), Brownies (2nd and 3rd grade), Juniors (4th and 5th grade), Cadettes (6th, 7th and 8th grade), Seniors (9th and 10th grade), and Ambassadors (11th and 12th grade).  If you are interested in joining Girl Scouts please contact membership@diamondcrest.org or call 800-447-4475 ext. 0. If you live outside the Diamond Crest Service Unit area please visit www.GirlScoutsNorCal.org or call 800-447-4475 ext. 0 and they will be happy to help you.

Thank you for supporting our local Girl Scouts and the Girl Scouts of America!

Do you have a favorite GS cookie flavor? Tell us in the comments below.

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