Tahlequah Daily Press

February 8, 2013

Scouting for sweets

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Thin Mints, or peanut butter Do-Si-Dos, or whatever cookies are your favorite – they’re here, and Girl Scouts have them for sale.

Precisely 18,612 boxes of Girl Scout cookies were delivered to the Tahlequah area, with lemon Savannah Smiles, traditional Trefoils, caramel and coconut Samoas and peanut butter Tagalongs rounding out the six flavors available here. Other flavors are available in other parts of the country.

More than 400,000 boxes of cookies were delivered to Tulsa.

The “super six” popular flavors in the Tahlequah area went on sale Feb. 2 and will be available through March 17. The scouts will start setting up booths, Friday, Feb. 15 at stores around town.

Today – Friday, Feb. 8 – the Girl Scouts will be celebrating National Girl Scout Cookie Day for the first time, to celebrate the benefits of the program, as it is the largest girl-led business in the world.

Also, for the first time since 1999, the cookie boxes have been redesigned to showcase the five financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills the Girl Scout Cookie program teaches girls: goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics, and the power of girls working together.

Cheryl Overacker and Barbara Townsend are co-coordinators for local cookie sales.

“It’s important for girls to learn life skills, and the cookies are a great fundraiser,” said Townsend.

The cookies cost $4 a box, and 50 cents from each box sold goes to the troop. Depending on how many they sell, about 35 cents per box goes to the scout herself.

Overacker has been a Girl Scout leader for about 20 years, and works with girls in seventh through ninth grades. She enjoys watching how the girls grow and mature, and how they learn.

“They can run their own meetings by this age,” Overacker said. “If they sell 1,000 boxes of cookies, the troop earns $500,” she said. “So they have to budget for a trip based on what they earn.”

Thin Mints that have been frozen are her favorite Girl Scout cookies, she said.

A group of girls from the Tahlequah area are selling cookies to help pay for their trip to Europe in July for an international Girl Scout experience, Townsend said.

Maddie Lamb, Tahlequah Middle School eighth-grader and cadet Girl Scout, sells cookies to help pay for camp. She is registered as a Juliette, which means she doesn’t belong to a troop.


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