Still time to get those cookies

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Once a year, Girl Scouts around the country venture into the entrepreneurial world to learn business and financial skills and earn money to fund their Girl Scouting goals.

Elva K. Österreich/El Defensor Chieftain: Girl Scout Cookies arrive in Socorro in February awaiting distribution to local Troops.

According to a release from Carol Ann Short, communications manager for New Mexico Girl Scout Trails, through “learning by earning,” Girl Scouting aims to empower girls through the development of five essential skills: goal setting, money management, people skills, decision making and business ethics.

Overall, a majority of Girl Scout “Cookie Entrepreneurs” develop the five essential skills.

Learning the five essential skills has a positive impact on girls’ lives, Short said.

Girls who developed these skills were more likely to report they learned new things while selling cookies that will help them in school and other areas of their life than girls who did not. Overall, girls reported that selling cookies was fun and learning by earning made it even more fun.

After the cookies are paid for, 55 centscents from each box goes to the troop.

Troops can be found selling cookies around town, mostly on the weekends. The last day for cookie sales is March 30. In Socorro County there will be cookie sales at various locations in Socorro, Magdalena and Lemitar. A nearby troop can be found by entering a zip code in the cookie locator at www.nmgirlscouts.org. The zip code for Socorro is 87801; Lemitar is 87823; and Magdalena is 87825.