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Dec 22, 2009 1:00 PM

Girl Scout cookies available sooner and quicker

TUCSON- Cookie lovers can not only order their Girl Scout treats early, but also "on demand."

Sahuaro Girl Scout Council says it's one of the biggest changes since the first cookies were sold in 1917.

This starts January 9.

Girl Scouts will still come to your home, but they will have the boxes the same day. They will have cookies for sale at shopping centers and other sites throughout the community, as in previous years.

"Cookies on Demand" is intended to boost sales and teach girls new business skills, says Debbie Rich, CEO of Sahuaro Girl Scout Council.

"It's a different business strategy for us, one that was developed out of conversations with girls," Rich says. "In any retail business you have to change your model from time to time."

Sellling cookies not only raises funds to support Girl Scout programs, it also teaches girls to develop a business plan and business and communication skills, Rich says.

Eliminating the order-and-wait process will mean less driving back and forth. That and the recyclable boxes support the Scouts' mission of environmental stewardship, Rich says.

"A box of Girl Scout Cookies is about so much more than the cookies," she says.

Cookies will sell for $4 per box this year. About $3.10 of each $4 will stay with Sahuaro Girl Scouts, which serves 14,000 girls in eight counties across Southern Arizona.

Last year, Sahuaro Girl Scouts sold more than 760,000 boxes of cookies. This year, the council's goal is 777,000 boxes, Rich says.

Again in 2010, Girl Scout Cookie customers can purchase cookies and donate them to women and men serving in the military through the Girls Scouts "Troop to Troop" program.

More information is available at www.sahaurogsc.org.

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