Our friendly neighborhood Girl Scouts are gladly helping residents stock up on America’s iconic confection – Girl Scout cookies! Offerings include two brand new varieties – Rah-Rah Raisins and gluten-free Toffee-tastics – and returning favorites Thin Mints, Samoas, Do-si-dos, Trefoils, and Tagalongs.

All proceeds from each $5 box stay local to help fund Girl Scout activities and programs. For example, the members of Carlsbad-Carmel Valley Girl Scout Junior Troop 3237 funded an overnight adventure at the Living Coast Discovery Center where they learned about protecting endangered species and the environment. Under the guidance of troop leaders Denise Scott and Debbie Rider, the girls also used cookie earnings for community service projects.

Carlsbad is home to more than 1,400 Girl Scout members. Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, future business leaders like the girls of Troop 3237 gain key skills like goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. They also help serve the military by inviting customers to donate cookies to Operation Thin Mint. For more information visit www.sdgirlscouts.org.