Cookie season is underway again and there is no shortage of customers for Girl Scout Troop 1961 as they sell boxes of Thin Mints and Samoas to raise funds for scouting activities.
The troop set up its concession at the Walmart Superstore at 2020 S. Muskogee Ave. on Monday and will sell Girl Scout Cookies through March 22 at locations around Tahlequah.
“We often use cookie sales to fund trips,” said Amber Conway, troop leader. “Some of the older girls have gone to Europe and Mexico. But right now our troop wants to go to a bowling alley, a skating rink, the Tulsa Zoo - stuff like that.”
While the primary focus of the cookie sales is to raise funds, Conway said the experience is also educational for the Girl Scouts.
“They learn to count the money,” she said. “They learn safety, to stay together and not separate. They learn math skills. This particular age group is Brownies, so we are teaching them how to count backwards when they make change. Older girls will actually handle the money. They also know about the cookies they are selling and will talk to the customers to explain the products.”
The Girl Scouts also arrange the annual cookie sales to teach girls five skills - setting goals, making decisions, managing money, people skills and business ethics.
Selling cookies has been an activity of the Girl Scouts since 1917, when the Mistletoe Troop of Oklahoma organized a sale. About 200 million boxes are sold annually. A box typically costs $4 in Tahlequah.
Girl Scout Cookies will be sold at Walmart through Thursday from 4-8 p.m., and on Friday from 4-9 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.
Cookies will also be sold Saturday at:
• Lowe’s, 161 Meadow Creek Lane, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
• Walgreen’s, 1905 S. Muskogee Ave. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
• Reasor’s, 2001 S. Muskogee Ave., noon - 6 p.m.
• Chili’s Restaurant, 1957 S. Muskogee Ave., 4-10 p.m.
There is a Girl Scout cookie app available for smartphones. Visit www.girlscouts.org and click on the Girl Scout cookies icon.
To read an online exclusive poll about Girl Scout Cookie styles, go to tahlequahTDP.com