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Looking for Girl Scout cookies? There's an app for that

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Girl Scouts of Western Ohio has announced that the Girl Scout Cookie Sale is going mobile as part of a national pilot program.

Cookie lovers in southwest Ohio soon will be able to use their smart phones to find the nearest cookie booths and a list of dates and times when those booths will be open. 

Booth sales start Friday, March 4, 2011 in southwest Ohio. 

The cookie locator mobile app is available for iPhones and Android devices, and can be downloaded free by calling **GSCOOKIES (**472665437) from your mobile phone or by searching for "Cookie Locator" in the iPhone App Store or Android Market Place.

The application uses GPS or manually entered zip codes, cities or states to find cookie booths near the customer. The app will conveniently map those locations and add the sale information to the calendar. In addition to locating booths, customers can learn about their favorite cookies, including nutritional value and ingredients, and can take a fun, interactive quiz to determine their "cookie personality." Users will also be able to share sale locations, cookie information and their cookie personalities with their friends on Facebook, Twitter and via e-mail.

"The Girl Scout Cookie Sale teaches girls business and leadership skills. And this new method of reaching customers teaches them about the benefits of using relevant technology to achieve their goals," said Barbara J. Bonifas, CEO of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. "Girl Scouts also learn to serve their communities, so the purchase of cookies supports girls and benefits our whole community in many direct and indirect ways."

Twenty Girl Scout councils are participating in this pilot program. The Cookie Locator app was developed by Little Brownie Bakers – one of two bakers licensed by Girl Scouts of the USA.

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