Girl Scout cookies back on the market

Wednesday, January 14, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 11:50 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 24, 2008

If you made dieting your New Year’s resolution, read no further. On the other hand, if the words “Thin Mints” make your mouth water, you’re in luck.

The Girl Scouts have begun their annual cookie sale, which will end Jan. 25. At $3.50, up 50 cents from last year, the price may be well worth it. In addition to traditional favorites like Tagalongs and Samoas, the Girl Scouts are introducing two new flavors: Double Dutch Chocolate Chocolate Chip and low-fat Lemon Coolers.

Finding a young lady toting an order form in Columbia isn’t difficult.

“There’s over 130 troops in the Columbia area,” said Diane Neterer, director of member services.

Columbia Scouts take cookie selling seriously. Last year, they enticed sweet-toothed Columbians to buy 116,856 boxes. Brownie Troop No. 397, with 13 Scouts, sold the most cookies in Columbia, totaling 2,796 boxes.

Girl Scout Troop No.123 has big goals this year, according to 11-year-old Sadie Turnbull. Her troop hopes to sell 1,000 boxes. Last year, Sadie sold about 50 boxes, but this year she hopes to double that number. She has her own special strategy when selling to her neighborhood.

“Sometimes I’ll tell about the cookies,” Sadie said. “I try to make the cookies sound good.”

Girl Scouts are rewarded for high sales. Scouts who sell the most boxes win prizes, such as a cookie patch for their sash, a bedroom doorbell, a beach towel or a sling pack.

Beyond prizes, the girls have another enticement: When Scouts in the Heart of Missouri Council, which encompasses 18 counties, sell 400 boxes or more, they are invited to a pool party in Jefferson City.

If you miss the cookie deadline, look for booths around town. The Scouts will sell at scheduled locations such as the Nifong Boulevard Wal-Mart between Feb. 27 and March 28.

Proceeds from the sale are used for financial help for Scouts and improvements to camps and other Girl Scout properties.

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