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Girl Scouts work hard to close the cookie deal

“Would you like to buy a box of girl scout cookies?” Girl scouts from Lamar County ask that question hundreds of times a day – day after day – from February 28 to March 28. They stand at booths at Ingles. They sit at counters in stores like Hines Prescription Shop. They get peddled on Friday nights at Pastime. As the economy went south volunteers like Laurie Young, service unit cookie manager for Lamar County and a co-leader, worried that cookie sales may also get stale. ”I’ve noticed a little drop off this year but not as bad as I thought we would see. So far sales have been steady,” notes Young. ”If I had to count change to buy girl scout cookies I probably would. Sometimes those cookies make the world go ’round,” says Barnesville resident Angela Bagwell. It is a sentiment echoed by many as Girl Scout councils around the United States have reported steady sales this year. Sales of cookies are delectable for more than one reason though. With every purchase, approximately 70% of the proceeds stays in the local Girl Scout council to provide a portion of the resources needed to support Girl Scouting in that area, including a portion that goes directly to the group selling the cookies. The balance goes directly to the baker to pay for the cookies. For many girls the sale of cookies help them go to camp, go on weekend adventures, and participate in fun activities they might not otherwise get to do. Young figures that roughly $0.50 per box of $3.50 cookies are paid back to the selling troop. According to an individual group receives from 12-17% of the purchase price of each box sold. The group holds the money earned in its treasury, and its girl members vote on how to use that money. The market may be roaring like bear more and more each day, the stimulus may have more earmarks than there is money, and unemployment may be on the rise, but there will always be a place for those tasty thin mints, chewy samoas, and inviting cinna-spins. The cookies do, indeed, sell themselves.

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