The Girl Scouts are serving up some major history with their beloved cookies this March. If you see any Girl Scouts selling cookies throughout Barrington over the next few weeks, ask them how it feels to be 100 years old. The group is celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Girl Scouts of the USA on March 12. This Tuesday, the author of a brand new biography about the Girl Scouts’ founder will be speaking at the Barrington Area Library. And we have a full schedule of where and when Girl Scouts will be stationed in Barrington to help fill your pantries with all the Thin Mints, Samoas and Tagalongs you can eat.
The Girl Scouts first started the tradition of selling cookies in 1933, eleven years after the group was founded. Today, the Girl Scouts say their $760 million Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates immeasurable benefits for girls, their councils and communities nationwide. Girls set cookie goals to support their chosen activities for the year and selling cookies helps them develop skills like goal setting, money management and business ethics.
It’s all a product of Girl Scouts founder, Juliette Gordon Low’s mission to teach girls self-reliance, resourcefulness and how to find ways to serve their communities. Low organized the first Girl Scout troop meeting of 18 girls in Savannah, Georgia on March 12, 1912. The group has since grown to 3.7 million members, including the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois, the council that serves the girls here in Barrington. Just in time for the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary celebration, the Barrington Area Library is excited to welcome Stacy Cordery, the author of a brand new biography about Juliette Gordon Low’s life this upcoming Tuesday, March 6th, 2012. Cordery will be at the library at 1:30 to discuss her book, Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts. Cordery is a biographer, historian and a professor at Monmouth College. You can read more about her own bio and her new book at StacyCordery.com.
Cordery’s book will be available for purchase and signing at the library event on Tuesday. You’ll find more information about Cordery’s visit and can register for the event at BALibrary.org and you’ll find the library at 505 N. Northwest Highway in Barrington.
In the meantime, if you’re like me and have yet to stock up on your cookies this year, you can find out where Girl Scouts are selling boxes near you with the Cookie Finder at GirlScoutCookies.org and here’s a list of upcoming places and times when the Girl Scouts will be stationed and selling cookies throughout Barrington……