Created: 10/10/2013 1:17 PM WHEC.com
The wait for Girl Scout cookies just got a little longer this year. The Girl Scouts of Western New York's Cookie Program will now take place in the winter/spring.
Orders for Girl Scout cookies begin January 11, and the program ends March 30, 2014.
The date change means local Girl Scouts will now sell their cookies at the same time as most of the Girl Scouts across the country. It gives the volunteers and staff more time to register girls and get troops running. Girls will now be able to plan programs and set product sale goals for the year.
"By moving the Cookie Program to the spring, we have joined forces with other councils to create a single, powerful voice not only in our own jurisdiction, but across the country," said Cindy Odom, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Western New York. "Together with these councils, we will raise awareness of the five essential skills (goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics) girls learn when they participate in this financial literacy program."
Currently, 110 of 112 councils across the United States sell cookies in the spring, including councils in Michigan, Wyoming, Maine, Minnesota and Ohio.
To raise funds for their fall and winter activities, troops have been invited to participate in the Magazine and Munchies program, a "friends and family" sale in which girls sell nuts, candies and magazine orders. This program ends Nov. 1.
Just like with the Cookie Program, girls determine how to use the money they raise - whether they save for a trip or use it for Girl Scout programs.
Learn more about what's happening next for the Magazine and Munchies Program and the Girl Scout Cookie Program on the local group's website at GSWNY.org.