By Robin Scott
Each year girls all over America set out to sell boxes and boxes of Girl Scout cookies. They do so to help earn the money that supports the activities and projects for the all girl club and at the same time, they learn about teamwork, setting and meeting goals and a few business skills such as counting change, delivering their product and making contacts.
Girl Scout Cookies are as American as apple pie and have been around for more than 80 years. The popular annual cookie sale allows young girls to develop valuable skills that benefit their organization, and ultimately, the community. “Would you like to buy a box of Girl Scout cookies,” has become such a welcome part of winter that fans begin asking about their favorites soon after Christmas.
The 2010 Girl Scout Cookie Activity Pin that girls may earn during the 2010 promotion is entitled, “Getting Connected,” and encourages the salesgirls to use computer skills to sell their cookies. The promotion promotes safe computer use and is designed for the girls to make safe connections online in hopes of increasing sales. According to the Girl Scouts organization, “Girls can earn the Girl Scout Cookie Sale Activity Pin by completing at least two items from each of the categories (Gather, Store and Sort, and Share),” or they may do them all.
Community members are encouraged to help out girls that may not have access to a computer as well as supporting the cause by purchasing cookies. Choices include Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbread, Daisy Go Rounds, Thanks-A-Lot, Lemonades and the all-anticipated Thin Mints.
Area residents may purchase their scrumptious treats during the remainder of January through February 20th. Last year, Dalhart Girl Scouts sold more than 3500 boxes of cookies. For more information about the Girl Scout cookie promotion or to purchase cookies, contact any Girl Scout or call Stephanie at 244-1654 or Kelly at 341-5040.