Dozens of girls and volunteers gathered in Mount Airy on a cool January morning to greet the annual arrival of the Girl Scout Cookie delivery truck. More than 34,000 boxes of cookies were delivered to Surry County on Jan. 16, up 7,200 from last year’s initial order.
Selling cookies is a large part of the Girl Scout experience. The sale not only serves as a fundraiser, but also provides girls the opportunity to learn life skills such as goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. “The CEO Cookie Patch requirements have helped the girls build skills related to sales and entrepreneurship,” said Leader Julia Hodge.
Spreeanne Norris, an eighth-grader, is beginning her ninth cookie season. Receiving the title “top seller” in Surry County for seven years, Spreeanne works hard to sell cookies to pay for horse camp each summer, an endeavor which inspired her Silver Award project. “I’m making rainbow reins so disabled riders know where to place their hands; I got the idea at camp,” said Spreeanne of one component in her Silver Award project, the highest award for middle school Girl Scouts.
Other girls work together with members of their troop to reach cookie goals. Troop 40168, of Flat Rock, is earning money to visit Savannah, Georgia, the birthplace of Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low.
A camping and zipline trip is the reward for girls in Troop 02318 of Pilot Mountain, according to Hodge. “Each girl needs to sell 100 boxes to pay for the trip,” said Hodge, explaining that families also have the option of paying out of pocket.
Girls selling cookies also participate in the council wide service project, Operation Sweet Treat. For the sixth year, customers have the option of purchasing cookies to be delivered to active military personnel, without any added shipping fees. According to the Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont website, “Last year, we collected 26,815 packages for NCPacksforPatriots.”
This year’s cookie varieties are: Thin Mints, Caramel DeLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbread, Lemonades, Thanks-A-Lots, and Cranberry Citrus Crisps. Cookies will be available through March 6. Girls will sell door to door and at booths throughout the county. Times and locations are listed on the cookie booth locator at www.girlscoutcookies.org.
Diane Blakemore may be reached at 336-368-2222 or on Twitter @PilotReporter.