Nearly 46,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies arrive in Lawrence; booth sales to begin next weekend

photo by: Austin Hornbostel/Journal-World

Volunteers work to sort thousands of boxes of Girl Scout cookies so individual Lawrence-area troops can pick them up Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023.

Tens of thousands of boxes of Girl Scout cookies arrived at the Douglas County Fairgrounds Thursday morning, and lovers of the sweet treats will soon be able to get their fix.

Volunteers on Thursday sorted orders for Lawrence area troops that are part of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri region — a total of nearly 46,000 boxes of cookies, volunteer Colleen Stock told the Journal-World. Those cookies are currently being distributed among the 48 individual troops who are selling them this year. Scouts will then start fulfilling advance orders and sell the treats at cookie booths around Lawrence starting the weekend of Feb. 11. Sales for Lawrence-area troops will continue through at least March 5.

photo by: Austin Hornbostel/Journal-World

Pallets piled high with Girl Scout cookies were delivered to the Douglas County Fairgrounds Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023.

The list of treats includes beloved classics like Caramel deLites and Peanut Butter Patties, alongside newer offerings like the brownie-inspired Adventureful cookies that joined the lineup last year. But for 2023 there’s another addition: the Raspberry Rally — an online exclusive — which is a crispy cookie akin to Thin Mints that Girl Scouts spokesperson Gina Garvin told the Journal-World is already in high demand.

Garvin said that while Girl Scout cookies are universally loved as a once-a-year treat, they’re also part of an important program for Girl Scouts that helps participants learn business skills.

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A truck carrying nearly 46,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies drove straight into the main arena at the Douglas County Fairgrounds to drop off cookies for area troops Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023.

“While you’re getting your great treat, you’re making a difference; I just want everybody to know that,” Garvin said. “You’re enjoying those Thin Mints or Peanut Butter Patties or whatever your favorite is, but you’re also making a difference in the life of a girl, and that’s super important as well.”

Lawrence troops are set to operate cookie booths outside locations across the city, including spots like Hy-Vee, 3504 Clinton Parkway; Checkers, 2300 Louisiana St.; and both of Lawrence’s Walmart locations at 3300 Iowa St. and 550 Congressional Drive. The list also includes a number of storefronts along Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence, such as Riling, Burkhead and Nitcher at 808 Massachusetts St. and Fuzzy’s Taco Shop at 1115 Massachusetts St.

Using the cookie finder tool on the Girl Scouts website, folks can enter a ZIP code to find more detailed information about when and where cookies will be sold. The tool returns results for the dates and times cookie booth tables will be operating, as well as the addresses where patrons can find them.


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