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GSOSW Cookie Boss
GSOSW Cookie Boss
Thousands of Girl Scout Cookie Booths Open February 14 -- NEW Girl Scout Lemon-Ups(TM) cookies make their debut! (Photo) - 02/12/20

Media Contacts

Sarah Shipe, Director of Communications

503-977-6861, Office | 503-930-5275, Mobile | After Hours 800-626-6543 | sshipe@girlscoutsosw.org

Maureen A. Kenney, Public Relations and Advocacy Manager

503 977-6817, Office | mkenney@girlscoutsosw.org

Thousands of Girl Scout Cookie Booths Open February 14 -- NEW Girl Scout Lemon-Ups™ cookies make their debut!

PORTLAND, OR. – February 12, 2020 – Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington (GSOSW) is about to launch the 2020 Girl Scout Cookie booth season. Lemon-Ups™, crispy lemon cookies baked with messages inspired by Girl Scout entrepreneurs such as “I am a go-getter” and “I am an innovator”, will make their official debut! Cookies can be purchased from more than 30,000 Girl Scout Cookie booths from Friday, February 14 through Sunday, March 8, 2020.

“The Girl Scout Cookie Program is so much more than meets the eye. It teaches valuable life skills and helps girls build that entrepreneurial mindset,” says Director of Communications, Sarah Shipe. “As they run their cookie booth—essentially their own cookie business—girls are building confidence, curiosity and an eye for innovation. These skills lead to academic success and workforce readiness in all kinds of careers—especially those where women are underrepresented.”

COOKIE FINDER

Signature Girl Scout Cookies, including Thin Mints®, Samoas®, Trefoils® and new Lemon-Ups™ will be offered among the eight Girl Scout Cookie varieties at all booths throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. Girl Scout S’mores™ cookies and gluten free Toffee-tastic™ specialty cookies are available at select cookie booths while supplies last. Customers can find a Girl Scout Cookie booth near their location with the Cookie Finder at girlscoutsosw.org/cookies or use the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app available for iPhone or Android.

THE POWER BEHIND THE GIRL SCOUT COOKIE PROGRAM

The Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls the skills they need to become effective leaders, manage finances and gain confidence in handling money—skills that will stay with them for a lifetime. Each box of Girl Scout Cookies sold powers real-life experiences for thousands of local girls.

KEEPING IT LOCAL

100 percent of the net revenue earned from cookie sales remains within the local region. Every purchase of Girl Scout Cookies helps provide for new and unique opportunities for local girls including valuable educational experiences that offer lifelong impact. Girl Scout campers in Oregon and Southwest Washington use cookie program proceeds to fund their own camp and travel adventures. And, nearly every Girl Scout troop uses some portion of their cookie proceeds to give back to their local communities.

COOKIE BOOTH SALES AND COOKIE FINDER

Girl Scouts will sell cookies at booths in front of local retailers throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington from February 14 through March 8, 2020. Customers can find a Girl Scout Cookie booth near their location with the Cookie Finder at girlscoutsosw.org or use the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app available for iPhone or Android.

ABOUT THE GIRL SCOUT COOKIE PROGRAM

A little more than a century ago, girls began participating in what would evolve into the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world: the Girl Scout Cookie Program. To learn more about the history of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, please visit girlscoutcookies.org.

ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS OF OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON

In partnership with more than 8,000 adult members, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington prepares 14,500 girls in grades K-12 for a lifetime of leadership, adventure and success. GSOSW’s programs in civic engagement, financial literacy, the outdoors and STEM serve girls in 35 counties in Oregon, and Clark, Klickitat and Skamania counties in Southwest Washington. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For more information, please visit girlscoutsosw.org.

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GS Cookie Teamwork
GS Cookie Teamwork
Girl Scouts and Volunteers are Driving Force behind 1.6 Million Boxes of Cookies for OR and SW WA (Photo) - 02/05/20

Girl Scouts and Volunteers are Driving Force behind 1.6 Million Boxes of Cookies for OR and SW WA

Girl Scout Cookie Entrepreneurs Hone Business Skills during “Depot Days”

PORTLAND, OR. – February 5, 2020 – Girl Scout Cookie “Depot Days” are some of the most impressive volunteer-driven operations in Oregon and Southwest Washington. More than 1000 volunteers and Girl Scouts throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington help transport 1.6 million boxes of Girl Scout Cookies in just seven days between February 6 and February 12, 2020.

While customers often remember the cookie sellers they see in front of area businesses like Fred Meyer, JOANN (fabric and craft stores), Safeway-Albertson’s and Wal-Mart, they may never know about the countless hours contributed in support of Girl Scouts by volunteers. Volunteers serve in a variety of important roles, including booth sales coordinators, cookie inventory managers, cookie rally organizers, incentive organizers, regional volunteer organizers and warehouse coordinators.

Girl Scouts that participate during Depot Days gain exposure to these operations and hone business and entrepreneurial skills including communication, customer service, logistics, math, and group management.

“The amount of Girl Scout Cookies moved during Depot Days is truly amazing. It’s a huge endeavor, and volunteers, girls and their families make it happen,” says Victoria Foreman, Director of Product Sales for Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. “We love that girls get to see behind the scenes of Girl Scout Cookie inventory management, from planning to organization to execution. These are key skills needed to run a business, and girls get unique, hands-on practice through the cookie program.”

Girl Scout Cookies are distributed on Saturday, February 8, at warehouses located in Eugene, Tualatin, and Vancouver, and deliveries are made throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington from February 6-12.

Media are invited to join us during peak hours in Vancouver, WA and Redmond, OR this year:

VANCOUVER WASHINGTON DEPOT DAY

Who | What: Girl Scout Cookie “Depot Day” at Vancouver Cookie Warehouse in Vancouver, Washington

Where:  Lile North American Moving and Storage 5720-B NE 121st Ave, Vancouver, WA 98682

When: Saturday, February 8, 2020, peak hours are between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Visuals: Girl Scouts, families, volunteers and staff from Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington will move 40,735 cases containing 488,820 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies. 205 Girl Scout Troops will pick up Girl Scout Cookies from this warehouse on Saturday, February 8. Lines of cars, vans, and even moving trucks waiting to be loaded. Loading docks staffed with people ready to load cookies. Hundreds of pallets of Girl Scout Cookies in the warehouse. Girls and volunteers loading cookies in to vehicles.

On-site Contact and Interviews: Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington troop leaders, girls and staff, including CEO, Karen Hill, will be on-site and available for interviews.

The on-site GSOSW staff contact on the day of this event is Tiffany Patton.

Interested media should R.S.V.P. in advance via email to: communications@girlscoutsosw.org

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DESCHUTES | REDMOND OREGON DEPOT DAY

Who | What: Girl Scout Cookie “Depot Day” at Deschutes Cookie Warehouse in Redmond, Oregon

Where: Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center 3800 SW, SE Airport Way, Redmond, OR 97756

When: Monday, February 10, 2020, peak hours are between 1-4 p.m.

Visuals: Girl Scouts, families, volunteers and staff from Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington will move 5,938 cases containing 71,256 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies. 49 Girl Scout Troops will pick up Girl Scout Cookies from this warehouse on Monday, February 10. Lines of cars, vans, and even moving trucks waiting to be loaded. Loading docks staffed with people ready to load cookies. Hundreds of pallets of Girl Scout Cookies in the warehouse. Girls and volunteers loading cookies in to vehicles.

On-site Contact and Interviews: Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington troop leaders, girls and staff member Melissa Stanley, from the Product Program team, will be on-site and available for interviews.

The on-site GSOSW staff contact on the day of this event is Melissa Stanley.

Interested media should R.S.V.P. in advance via email to: communications@girlscoutsosw.org

COOKIE BOOTH SALES AND COOKIE FINDER

Girl Scouts will sell cookies at booths in front of local retailers throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington from February 14 through March 8, 2020.

Customers can find a Girl Scout Cookie booth near their location with the Cookie Finder at girlscoutsosw.org or use the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app available for iPhone or Android.

About the Girl Scout Cookie Program

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world. Girl Scouts learn five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. To learn more about the history of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, please visit girlscoutcookies.org.

ABOUT GIRL SCOUTS OF OREGON AND SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON (GSOSW)

In partnership with more than 8,000 adult members, Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington prepares 14,500 girls in grades K-12 for a lifetime of leadership, adventure and success. GSOSW’s programs in civic engagement, financial literacy, the outdoors and STEM serve girls in 35 counties in Oregon, and Clark, Klickitat and Skamania counties in Southwest Washington. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For more information, please visit girlscoutsosw.org.

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