Local Girl Scouts pull out all the stops for Cookie Booth Sales planned March 1-17

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
The Girl Scouts Louisiana East council is holding both a Bling your Booth and Bling Your Wagon contest, with prizes including free camping trips to extra money to spend in the council's shops. Last year, Taylor Walker is shown with her 1st place wagon.

"Blinged" out Cookie booths and wagons are just a few of the ways Girl Scouts hope to entice their potential customers to visit their Cookie booths during the sale which kicks into high gear, March 1-17, during the direct sale.

"Many Girl Scouts like to show their creative side when it comes to decorating their booth," said Alisha Moore, Vice President of Sales, at Girl Scouts Louisiana East. "I think girls from Louisiana, where we've just finished celebrating Mardi Gras, are natural designers when it comes to jazzing up their booths with some extra bling!"

A free Girl Scout Cookie Locator mobile phone app that uses the phone's GPS location or by manually entering a zip code to locate booths is also available for those with smart phones. Customers can download the app from the iPhone App Store and Android Market Place, or by calling **GSCOOKIES (**472665437) from their mobile phone. Customers can also set up a sale email alert, download sales information like location, dates, and time, to their phone's calendar, and share sale locations and more with friends on Facebook, Twitter and email. BlackBerry users and any cell phone that can access the internet can visit the mobile site by pointing their phones browser to: mobile.littlebrownie.com. This mobile site has many of the same functions as the app. The Cookie Locator is also available on the Girl Scouts Louisiana East website at www.gsle.org by clicking the Cookie Locator icon.

The Girl Scouts Louisiana East council is holding both a Bling your Booth and Bling Your Wagon contest, with prizes including free camping trips to extra money to spend in the council's shops. The council is also encouraging troops to participate in Cookies 4 a Change, which are community service projects the troop will initiate using some of their cookie proceeds. Projects include redoing a playground, adopting a street, conducting a food drive, neighborhood beautification, etc., and troops will create a video of their project for YouTube and the hopes that their project will be selected to receive extra funds and womanpower for its completion.

According to Moore, the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program helps teach girls a lifetime of skills like goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. Customers can support their efforts by purchasing additional cookies for donation to the troops' Gift of Caring service projects. Gift of Caring cookies are donated to a non-profit or service organization selected by the troop, like fire and police departments, and military troops serving overseas.

The local council, Girl Scouts Louisiana East, is selling eight varieties of cookies for $4 a box with all proceeds remaining locally to support troops' activities, special events and field trips, community service projects, and to help the council maintain camp properties, train and recruit volunteers, and provide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

For more information about Girl Scouts call the council office in New Orleans at (504) 733-8220, in Baton Rouge at (225) 927-8946, or visit its website at www.gsle.org.