COLLEGEVILLE PA – Girl Scouts across eastern Pennsylvania, including troops in the Perkiomen Valley, return today (Thursday, Jan. 19. 2017) to a time-honored tradition: they’ll launch the annual cookie sale to support their local, regional and national organizations. Sales are scheduled to continue through March 12, and this year marks the effort’s 100th anniversary.
To celebrate, the scouts have introduced a new S’mores cookie that’s predicted to be in high demand, according to national news media. Many cookie sales will occur at stands set up outside local supermarkets and other retailers. Some will occur between co-workers at area employers, and a limited number of scouts still go door-to-door in their neighborhoods in the company of parents or other adults. Check with a local troop on where to place an order.
- Watch a video (above) about one of the two recipes used in baking the new S’Mores cookie, or see it at the YouTube channel of a scouts’ baker, Little Brownie Bakers.
The S’mores variety will be accompanied by usual favorites: Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoil Shortbreads, Lemonades, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs, and others. Because the scouts use two different bakers to supply the nation, not all varieties are available everywhere, and cookie recipes also can differ.
Also turning 100 is the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, the local troops’ umbrella organization. It serves about 40,000 girls, working with more than 15,000 volunteers, in Montgomery, Berks, Chester, Bucks, Carbon, Delaware, Lehigh, Northampton, and Philadelphia counties.
During the past century in the Philadelphia region, “the cookie program has empowered hundreds of thousands of girls … by teaching them the importance of goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics,” said Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania chief executive Kim E. Fraites-Dow. “The excitement is building for this year’s sale.”
Photo from Google Images; video from Little Brownie Bakers