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Girl Scouts launch annual cookie sale with record-setting event
Daily Herald Staff Report

There's a new Girl Scout cookie this year, named Thank U Berry Munch. It features cranberries, white fudge chips and crispy rice. Cookies are $4 a box.

 

Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

Ava Kemppainen, 8, of Chicago stacks cookie boxes while playing a game during the annual cookie sale kickoff Saturday at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

 

Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

Janelle Finton, 8, of Wheeling makes a card for a member of the military during the annual cookie sale kickoff, held Saturday at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

 

Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

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Published: 1/3/2010 12:01 AM

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Thousands of Girl Scouts gathered Saturday at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont to kickoff this year's cookie sale.

It was the largest gathering in the history of local scouts and follows the 2008 merger of seven councils to form the Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Council, with almost 95,000 girls and 24,000 adults. It's the largest council in the country.

Girls learned about money management, marketing and goal setting for the sale and got to participate in a variety of fun activities before the Chicago Wolves hockey game.

Girl Scouts will be accepting orders for the cookies today through Jan. 24. Cookies also will be sold at various neighborhood sites Feb. 13-March 14.

"It's not unusual for me to talk to women in leadership positions who proudly admit they had their first real-world experience in business when they sold Girl Scout cookies," Palatine resident Maria Wynne, the CEO of the council, said in a news release. "That tells me we're providing valuable experiences that will enable girls to fill all important leadership roles in the future."