Annual Girl Scout sale underway

Published 6:42 am Monday, January 16, 2006

By By MARY-ALLISON LANCASTER – Managing editor
Yep, it's that time again. Just when you thought you were getting that New Year's diet under control, young girls armed with order forms and wearing grins on their faces will move door-to-door and enter businesses to entice anyone they can to purchase the popular Girl Scout Cookies.
The annual cookie sale began Jan. 9. Pre-orders will end on Jan. 29 while ordering completely ends March 26. For more than 80 years the cookie sale has helped ensure success of the Girl Scout Cookie success.
The purpose of the annual cookie sale is to provide Girl Scouts with an opportunity to earn money for troop activities, to provide funding for equipment and provide adult volunteer recruitment and training.
The sales help the Deep South Council serve girls and adult volunteers in eight southwest Alabama counties, and encourages girls to set goals and develop a plan to reach them. Going door-to-door allows the girls to gain experience in handling money, taking orders, tallying sales and arrange for deliveries.
There are five troops located in Brewton. According to Lisa Templeton, troop leader for #188 Cadet Troop, there are five troops located in Brewton - one Brownie Troop, three Junior Troops and one Cadet Troop.
Templeton said that the money raised through the cookie sale goes toward Troop trips, projects and purchase of badges.
At this point in time, she said, the Troops don't have any projects set, but her Troop has mentioned that they would like to go camping somewhere else, not locally, or take a trip. Templeton said that there are about 50 girls that are registered with the local Girl Scouts.
Last year's winner of the highest boxes of cookies sold was Crystal Hunter. She sold 810 boxes, which is a record for Brewton, Templeton said.
Templeton said that sometime in February the Scouts will hold a booth sale. No dates have been set yet, but she said they typically have a booth set up at H &R Block and Wal-Mart. More details on booth sales will be available in February.
Cookies are $3 per box and the cookies will be delivered beginning Feb. 20. All proceeds benefit Girl Scouts in the Deep South Council area, which includes Mobile, Baldwin, Clarke, Washington, Choctaw, Monroe, Escambia and Conecuh counties.

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