Girl Scout cookies now on sale

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Those who haven’t bought their Tagalongs or Samoas are in luck.
Girl Scout cookie booth sales begin tomorrow and will be at various locations in Taylor and surrounding counties for the next few weeks.
Though this year’s advanced sales were down a bit from last years, there are still a few weeks left to go in the cookie season, which ends March 19.
There will be a booth sale at Walmart each Saturday through March 19. For complete details, see the chart that accompanies this story.

Service Unit Manager Jennifer Willis, who oversees Girl Scout troops in Taylor and Green counties, says last year’s advance cookie orders were nearly 16,000 boxes. This year’s totaled between 12,000 and 13,000. “But we’re still doing really good,” she said.
Willis said advanced sales began Jan. 1 and orders were delivered during the second week of February.
Cookies available this year are Trefoils, Tagalongs, Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos, Samoas, Dulce de Leche and Thank U Berry Much. The Lemon Chalet Cremes have been replaced by the Savannah Smiles, which are lemon wedge cookies with powered sugar.
Willis says each box costs $3.50 and that price hasn’t changed for the past several years. Money collected goes toward activities for the 13 local troops with more than 100 scouts.
Girl Scouts function primarily on donations and fundraisers, according to Willis. Each troop gets 55 cents from each box sold for $3.50. The rest of the money goes to the Kentuckiana and USA Girl Scout programs for activities and operating costs.
“Cookie orders are our main fundraiser,” she said, though troops also sell candies and magazine orders each October.
Willis says Girl Scouts use the money they collect to perform service projects in the community, such as planting flowers at Miller Park, and trips.
“A fun project for the girls,” Willis said.
Girl Scouts host an Easter egg hunt each year for its members. This year’s is set for March 24 at 1 p.m. at Miller Park.
Willis’ troop, Troop 794, has also spent time at local nursing homes passing out holiday cards and visiting with patients.
Willis said there will be a special event for Girl Scouts this year from Taylor and Adair counties on March 10. There will be a private party at GLO Nightclub.
“A celebration for them for working so hard at selling cookies,” she said.
Willis said Girl Scouts allows some girls the chance to do activities their families might not be able to afford.
“The girls have got to do a lot of things that they might not otherwise be able to do,” she said, such as trips to zoos and discounted prices for other out-of-town events.
Those interested in becoming a Girl Scout leader are in luck, as Willis says those are always needed.
“We’re always in need,” she said. “There’s always more girls than there are leaders. A lot of girls get left behind because we don’t have the adult leaders.”
Having a daughter involved in Girl Scouts isn’t a requirement for being a leader. And neither is being female.
Willis says male leaders are welcome, as long as there is a female co-leader. She said this is great for fathers and daughters.
“It’s something he can do with his daughter,” she said.
She said Girl Scouts helps girls develop leadership skills, learn cooperation with others and become involved with the community. It also helps those who may be a bit shy.
On March 12, Girl Scouts will celebrate its 100th birthday, Willis said. There are several regional events planned, but locally, the Girl Scouts will be the grand marshals for this year’s Fourth of July parade.
For more information about becoming a Girl Scout or troop leader, call Willis at 403-1248 or visit www.facebook.com/gskentuckiana. To search for upcoming booth sales, visit cookielocator.littlebrownie.com.

Upcoming Girl Scout cookie booth sales:
• Tomorrow — Walmart Supercenter from 4 to 7 p.m.
• Saturday — Walmart Supercenter from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Friday, March 9 — Walmart Supercenter from 5 to 7 p.m.
• Saturday, March 10 — Kroger on North Bypass from 10 a.m. to noon.
• Saturday, March 10 — Walmart Supercenter from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Saturday, March 17 — Walmart Supercenter from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.