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Girl Scout Troop 242 prepares for busy cookie season
by Nneka Okona
January 24, 2013 01:43 PM | 1703 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye <br>
From back left, Destine Tate, 13, daughter of Desia Allen, Ashley Cutler, 12, and Amber Cutler, 13, both daughters of Thomas Cutler, and Savannah Walker, 9, daughter of Donna and James
Walker.
Staff / Katherine Frye
From back left, Destine Tate, 13, daughter of Desia Allen, Ashley Cutler, 12, and Amber Cutler, 13, both daughters of Thomas Cutler, and Savannah Walker, 9, daughter of Donna and James Walker.
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Girl Scout Troop 242 of Henry County is amped and ready to sell cookies for yet another season.

The troop, comprised of 40 girls of different ages and Girl Scout levels, is also prepared to either meet or beat the number of boxes of cookies they sold last year — 12,114.

Pre-sale of cookies started on Jan. 4 and orders will begin to roll out on Feb. 11.

Donna Walker, who became troop leader the year after one of her daughters became involved with the troop, said cookie season is important for more than one reason.

“Cookies are a big part of their leadership skills,” she said.

Walker said during cookie season, the girls must engage multiple parts of themselves, including communication skills, mathematic skills and creativity.

Creativity is the part that Destinee Tate, a Cadette Girl Scout, enjoys most about the selling of Girl Scout cookies.

“Selling cookies is really fun,” she said.

“We get to be creative with the signs when we sell them out in front of stores.”

Tate has already sold more than 100 boxes of cookies this year, but plans to up the ante this go round with a goal of more than 1,000 boxes.

Her plan includes asking people in her neighborhood, her church and asking her mother to sell them at her job.

Sasha Khan also likes creating the signs to sell cookies, and has set a lofty goal of selling more than 1,000 boxes, as well.

Selling cookies as a group in front of a store or business is her favorite method to make a sale.

“My favorite part of being a Girl Scout are earning badges and the activities, like camping,” she said.

Fellow Cadette in the troop Emily Harris has also set a goal for this year — 2,013.

Harris was a top seller in her troop last year, selling 1,300 boxes of cookies.

How did she do it? Persistence, she said.

“I got my parents and everyone that I knew involved,” said Harris. “My mom and dad sell at their jobs. My brother sells at his school. I sell within my neighborhood and send emails to my family overseas.”

The practical skills Harris and several of her fellow troop members have gained are her favorite part of the process — counting back change, learning how to deal with customers and bonding with the girls her age or younger.

Selling cookies is not for the faint of heart, said Harris.

“It takes a lot of hard work, but it is a great reward at the end,” she said.

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