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CARTHAGE — Girl Scouts soon will learn how to be entrepreneurs and leaders, one cookie at a time.

That’s because beginning Feb. 1, Girl Scouts will begin to sell a variety of cookies while they establish sales goals, develop a business plan, manage money and develop people skills and business ethics.

To kick off the cookie season, local Girl Scouts can attend a cookie rally from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Carthage High School, 36500 Route 26, during National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend.

“With that weekend, it’ll pretty much be a celebration of the skills they’ll learn,” said Kim Dunne, media manager for Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways. “It’s to get girls excited about the cookie program, and we do different activities with them.”

NYPENN Pathways is a 26-county council that includes Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties, and serves more than 17,000 girls in New York and northern Pennsylvania.

Activities include playing games, creating sales tools and doing other tasks to help Girl Scouts earn badges. The cost is $5 per girl, and there is a minimum of 20 girls required to maintain the event, and a maximum of 100.

Ms. Dunne said girls will learn about the $770 million nationwide business of Girl Scout cookie selling, and also learn why the price has gone up 50 cents, to $4 per box.

“Most of the nation has been at $4 now,” she said.

The increase is attributed to an increase in the cost of ingredients, she said. For each box of cookies sold, the troop receives 58 to 73 cents, $2.15 goes to council membership and programs, 5 cents goes to rewards for girls depending on how much they sell, and 97 cents goes to the cookie manufacturers, Little Brownie Bakers, Louisville, Ky.

There are no new cookies again this year. According to the website of Little Brownie Bakers, the varieties available are Savannah Smiles, lemon cookies dusted with powdered sugar; Thin Mints, chocolate wafers covered in chocolate and peppermint oil; Samoas, crisp cookies coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut and with a chocolate drizzle; Tagalongs, crispy cookies layered in peanut butter and covered in chocolate; Do-si-dos, oatmeal sandwich cookies with peanut butter filling; Trefoils, traditional shortbread cookies; Dulce de Leche, bite-size cookies with milk caramel chips, and Thank You Berry Munch, cookies with cranberries and white fudge chips.

People can purchase boxes of any of those varieties even as gifts to be sent to military members and/or their families, as part of the Girl Scouts’ “Gift of Caring” program.

Meanwhile, Gina M. Ashcroft said, girls from kindergarten through fifth grade in her troop, 50190, which meets Tuesday evenings at the Church of the Nazarene, 960 State St., are always excited to learn how to handle money and deal with customers.

“Last year, the troop did quite well,” she said. “This is one of our better fundraisers. It’s up to them what they want to do with” the profits.

Ms. Ashcroft said she will bring some of her troop’s Girl Scouts to the upcoming cookie rally.

For more information about the Cookie Weekend program, call 782-1890, ext. 2215, or to preregister by the Jan. 27 deadline, visit www.gsnypenn.org.

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