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Scouts kick off cookie season

January 6, 2007

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Building 21 at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds was filled Friday night with brightly colored balloons, a costumed bunny rabbit, 450 girls and numerous posters of massive cookies for the fourth annual Girl Scout Cookie Kick-Off.

Girls from 35 troops, along with their parents and leaders, filed in Friday evening for two hours of preparations - including learning about and sampling a new cookie flavor: Lemonade. Last year, girl scouts in Douglas County sold about 80,000 boxes of cookies. They expect to sell about the same this year.

Douglas County cookie coordinator Jeannie McClure said the goal of the kick-off was both to train the girls and also to give them an opportunity to have fun with other area girl scouts.

"Each year they do a theme. This year it's 'Join the Fun,'" she said.

Along with the theme is a mascot - a rabbit - which was incorporated into the activities the girls took part in. The girls played hopscotch, made rabbit masks and got hugs from the costumed bunny.

Emily Alt, 8, came to the kick-off with her troop from Prairie Park School. She's planning to sell 500 boxes during this year's sale, she said.

Local Girl Scouts Sarah Kinder, 10, left, Louisa Holland, 11, center, and Michaela Hernandez, 10, sing "An Alligator Can Be Your Friend," a call-and-response song led by older Girl Scouts on Friday night for the Girl Scout Cookie Kick-Off. About 450 girls attended the event at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Local Girl Scouts Sarah Kinder, 10, left, Louisa Holland, 11, center, and Michaela Hernandez, 10, sing "An Alligator Can Be Your Friend," a call-and-response song led by older Girl Scouts on Friday night for the Girl Scout Cookie Kick-Off. About 450 girls attended the event at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.

"I like cookie sales because we can do fun things with our troops," Emily said.

All of the money raised stays with the local council and the individual troops, which allows the girls to plan activities. Emily's troop took a trip to Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City, Kan., with its cookie money.

Fellow troop member Hailey Slaugh, 9, said her favorite part was being able to buy cookies for herself when the sale is done. Her favorite kind? Thin Mints, the most popular, which account for about 25 percent of cookie sales.

Mary Dodd, a leader of two Lawrence troops, said she encourages her girls to have fun with the cookie sales.

"I'm not too concerned with the money," she said.

Dodd tells her girls to be sure to travel with an adult, never go at night and, of course, to have a good time.

And, in a sign of the times, all of this year's Girl Scout cookies are trans fat-free, McClure said.

Comments

KSChick1 7 years, 3 months ago

feel free to privately email me, I think you can click on my user name on here, and I can get you cookies-my daughter is in a troop I will have the order forms by 1/12

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justathought 7 years, 3 months ago

I'm with mom-of three! I want to know where to go to get them!!

Jess

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mom_of_three 7 years, 3 months ago

I haven't had any girl scouts at my door since I moved in my house over 9 years ago. I have to buy them at work or from girlscouts camped out in front of Checkers or other stores.
Is there a number we can call?

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redneckwoman 7 years, 3 months ago

My fav. is the thin mints. The shortbreads are good if you like dunking in coffee every now and then.

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bevy 7 years, 3 months ago

Lucifer you are sick.

MMMMMMMMMMMM Thin Mints- frozen, unfrozen, broken, sprinkled over ice cream, straight out of the package. I have a friend in California who has paid the shipping to buy a case of them from my girls each year since she moved West.

Shortbreads are a close second.

My kids' troops have done some great fun things with their cookie money - including sending girls to camp who couldn't otherwise afford it, a trip to Great Wolf Lodge, another to the zoo in Nebraska, and the animal safari out near Salina.

So be generous when they come knocking at your door. You are helping them learn and earn, and in addition to that great feeling - did I mention the THIN MINTS?

:-)

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CindiCat 7 years, 3 months ago

FROZEN thin mints are very yummie!! :)

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sourpuss 7 years, 3 months ago

I concur. Peanut butter is best. I used to LOVE the Somoas until the cookies all became smaller and much less savory than they were when I was hocking them.

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sublime 7 years, 3 months ago

I love girl scout cookies.The peanutbutter ones are my favorite.

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