On Saturday, Jan. 5, Girl Scout troops gathered at the Santa Maria Public Library for Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast 2019 Cookie University. With the upcoming cookie season beginning on Jan. 26, the girls came together to learn about what’s new for the 2019 sale.

Through hands-on and interactive stations, they focused on the five skills of the Girl Scout Cookie Program: money management, decision making, people skills, business ethics, and goal setting.

Participation in Cookie University earned Girl Scouts a 2019 cookie activity pin, a Cookie U patch, and they completed steps towards their Financial Literacy and Cookie Business Badges.

Each year, Cookie University prepares girls with leadership and self-development skills, provides tips for the upcoming season, and gives girls a chance to meet and connect with their fellow scouts.

“The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world. It teaches our girls what it takes to be successful, providing them with the skills that businesses need in their employees and the world needs in their leaders,” said Girl Scouts Central Coast Council CEO Tammie Helmuth. "When you support your local Girl Scouts, girls learn that they accomplish any goal they set their minds to. Ask cookie sellers about the Smart Cookie app and you will be amazed at the tools they have to run their cookie business!”

Girl Scouts will officially begin booth sales on Friday, Feb. 1. This year’s cookie menu includes traditional favorites such as Thin Mints and Peanut Butter Patties, along with the addition of a new Gluten-Free Cookie — the Caramel Chocolate Chip. To locate a cookie booth near you, download Girl Scout’s Cookie Finder app. For more information visit girlscoutsccc.org/cookies.

Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast serves over 10,200 girls across six counties and is committed to making the Girl Scout Leadership Experience available to girls in ways that impact their lives both in the moment and into the future. Girls participate in troops, individual projects, council events, day camps, resident camps and more. A variety of leadership, outdoor skills, and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) based programs and events provide girls with opportunities to learn and explore in fun and informative ways.

To join or volunteer, visit www.girlscoutsccc.org.

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