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NMI Girl Scouts prepare for cookie season

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FIFTY Girl Scouts learned the art of selling cookies on Saturday at Fiesta Resort & Spa.

The Cookie Rally helped prepare the Girl Scouts for the “cookie season,” Girl Scouts overseas membership manager Vicki Adams said, adding that the girls will start selling cookies on Feb. 7 at all five Joeten stores.

“The cookie program is focused on teaching girls entrepreneurship skills — how to start their own business, how to manage money,” Adams said in an interview.

At the Cookie Rally on Saturday, the girls learned proper salesmanship etiquette, how to sell cookies, how to make change.

The girls also learned different chants and cheers to motivate customers, as well as how to make posters for promoting their cookies.

“The Cookie Rally teaches them those important skills so that they will be well prepared when it is time for them to go out and sell cookies in the community,” Adams added.

Seven flavors of cookies will be available, including Lemon-Up, which is a new flavor. All the cookies are made with natural flavors and baked with inspiring messages on each cookie.

A Cookie Rally was held at Fiesta Resort & Spa on Saturday to teach the NMI Girl Scouts entrepreneurship skills.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

Also available are specialty cookies: S’mores, which are made of crushed graham crackers with chocolate and marshmallow filling.

The all-time favorites include Samoas, which are crisp cookies with caramel, coconut, and dark-chocolaty stripes; Trefoils, traditional shortbread cookies; Do-si-Dos, oatmeal sandwich cookies with peanut butter filling; Tagalongs, crispy cookies layered with peanut butter and covered with chocolaty coating; and Thin Mints, chocolate cookies made with natural oil of peppermint.

The cookies are ordered from Little Brownie Bakers.

Michelle Sablan, cookie manager for the NMI Girl Scouts, said each box costs $5, except for S’mores, which cost $6 per box.

Sablan said all the ingredients in the cookie are reformulated with seven grams of sugar and with zero trans fats. The latter might increase the risk of coronary artery disease when consumed.

The packaging has also been redesigned. Each box features photos of Girl Scouts in outdoor adventures and STEM-based activities.

“On Feb. 7, the girls will be at the different Joeten stores and they will be engaging with customers [to promote and talk about the cookies],” Sablan said.

Joeten has allowed the Girl Scouts to set up an indoor booth to preserve the quality of the cookies. “We want to provide the best quality products to our consumers,” Sablan said.

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