It’s Girl Scout Cookie time!

Whether Girl Scout Cookies find you at home, through a friend, or in front of a grocery store, most of you will hear that very special phrase, “Would you like to buy a box of Girl Scout cookies?” As you stock up on your Thin Mints and Carmel deLites, have you ever stopped to consider how your purchase truly impacts the girl?

Most of us are happy to have our yummy treats and glad that the financial transaction supports leadership programs for girls. But most of us give little thought to how the process of selling the cookies affects the girl. Consider this, many successful business women today say they got their start selling Girl Scout Cookies.

As girls go through the cookie selling process they begin to discover: Goal setting, Decision making, Money management, People skills, and Business ethics

So the next time you sit down to enjoy a box of Thin Mints, know that the girl who sold those to you is discovering self-reliance as she funds her own activities in Girl Scouting. Whether she chooses to attend summer camp, participate in educational programs, donate service and money to her community or travel the world to participate in service projects; she is learning valuable leadership skills.

As girls gain these life experiences, they apply them to our community to help make the world a better place. So when a Girl Scout asks you to buy her cookies, remember you’re saying hello to tomorrow’s business leaders.

Cookies are available through March 4, 2012, and proceeds remain in Southern Nevada. Get connected to a girl in your community by placing cookie orders at .

Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls – all girls – where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and life skills for success in the real world. Membership is open to all girls 5-17 years-old. To join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 702-385-3677 or visit .