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  • Girl Scout cookie booth sales start

  • For some, the freezer stash of Thin Mints may have run out six months ago, while others may be anticipating the new Mango Creme cookie.

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  • For some, the freezer stash of Thin Mints may have run out six months ago, while others may be anticipating the new Mango Creme cookie.
    Either way, the annual window is opening for fans of the treats to purchase their next year’s supply of Girl Scout cookies.
    “In February, we start doing booth sales - what we call selling at Wal-Mart,” said Girl Scout Lily Watts.
    She said her troop has been preparing with cookie rallies, where the girls gear up for the sales season with activities including role playing and practicing the sales process.
    Local girl scout troops already have gone door-to-door taking orders, and troops in the Missouri Heartland council, which includes the Pittsburg area, will pick up cookies and begin delivering orders within the next few days.
    “Preorders have already started back in the beginning of Janauary,” said Lori Enyart, Public Relations and Digital Media Manager for Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland.
    Enyart said troops in the area may begin to sell via cookie booths as of Feb. 9, but Jenny Gallet, co-cookie manager for the Pittsburg area and an area troop leader, said that the local service unit voted to focus on order delivery through the first week, then actually begin booth sales in the Pittsburg area on Feb. 15.
    “We as a service unit voted not to do booth sales the first weekend,” she said.
    However, after that they will be out every weekend at any number of area businesses.
    “As long as they let me know and they have absolute permission from the owner of the store they can do the booth sale there,” Gallet said.
    Additionally, the 20 area troops selling cookies have agreed upon weekend time slots at stores including Wal-Mart, Dillons, Walgreens, Meadowbrook Mall and the south Dollar General, where cookies will be available each weekend through March 10.
    Enyart said the cookie program is designed to teach girl scouts five skills, including people skills, goal setting, decision making, money management and business ethics.
    “Not only do they learn those skills, but they also earn troop proceeds,” she said, adding that the proceeds often are used for local projects or troop betterment.
    And, the girls receive prizes for their sales work, with top sellers earning prizes such as iPads or laptops.
    Watts said safety precautions are recommended when selling and she generally stays on her block, but that she already has sold 30 or 40 boxes via preorders within her neighborhood.
    Gallet added there will be more door-to-door sales and cookies are $4 per box, and she advised buying while they are available.
    “On March 10 they go off sale for another year,” she said.
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