Posted on 09 Dec 2015 at 2:35pm

Girl Scout CookiesGuess who got a great big box full of different kinds of Girl Scout Cookies today?!

Yep, that’s right! I did!

Do you know what that means? That means it’s COOKIE TIME!

The 2016 Girl Scout Cookie Program begins with door-to-door and booth sales on Jan. 15. On Jan. 29, Council-hosted booth sales begin. The last day of the program will be March 1.

That means you will have just about a month-and-a-half to stock up on all those yummy Girl Scout Cookies you can’t do without. So write those dates down and make sure you get your cookies while you can.

Just so you can plan ahead, here are the Girl Scout Cookie flavors for 2016: Thin Mints (my personal favorite), Tagalongs, Samoas (Stephen Mobley stole the Samoas that were sent to me), Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Savannah Smiths and Rah-Rah Raisons, all for $4 a box, and Toffee-tastic, the gluten-free Girl Scout Cookie option, which are $5 a box.

Here’s what the press kit had to say about the Girl Scout Cookie Program: “When the girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they develop important life skills — goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics — that will set them up for success beyond anything they can imagine! The cookie program is an integral part of the Girl Scouts’ Business and Financial Literacy initiative for girls in grades K-12.”

Why should the LGBT community support the Girl Scouts of America and their Cookie Program? Because they support our community. As The Advocate pointed out in 2012, GSA posted a statement on it’s blog declaring the organization’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness: “Girl Scouts of the USA and its local councils and troops value diversity and inclusiveness and do not discriminate or recruit on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, national origin, or physical or developmental disability.”

The Girls Scouts also have written policy declaring that transgender girls will be welcome.

So help the girls out and get ready to buy some cookies. You can always add a few minutes to your exercise routine to work those cookies off!

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