Girl Scouts gear up for cookie sale
HUNTINGTON -- The start of the new year also meant the start of one of the sweetest events to take place annually on the Girl Scout calendar.
More than 250 Girl Scouts and their families made their way to the Huntington Mall on Thursday evening to participate in their annual kickoff event, which had a cookies and milk theme.
In addition to sampling the full spectrum of cookies for sale, participants also were encouraged to wear pajamas to the event, during which WSAZ anchor Susan Nicholas read them a short story.
All of the cookie classics including Thin Mints, Trefoils, Samoas, Tagalongs and Do-Si-Dos were available for sampling by the scouts, and newer additions like Dulce de Leche, Thank U Berry Much and Savannah Smiles remain in the cookie sale lineup for 2013.
The kickoff serves not only as a cookie tasting event, but it also is meant to get the scouts in the cookie-selling spirit, said Amanda Fellure, membership development coordinator for Girl Scouts.
"Tonight we want to make sure, most of all, that they have fun during their cookie sale," Fellure said. "It seems like it sneaks up on us every year, and especially after the new year, we want to make sure we get them excited and get their minds on cookies."
The cookie sale begins Friday, Jan. 4, and it will continue until Friday, Feb. 1. Cookies will be delivered in the area at the end of February, so delivery and special cookie sales will take place throughout March.
The price of Girl Scout Cookies remains the same this year at $3.50 per box, and 60 cents of each sale goes directly back to the Girl Scout troops. Fellure also said each box of cookies has a new design this year to promote the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards each scout can receive.
Even with the possiblility for those awards, cookies remained the only thing on 8-year-old Brenna Drown's mind Thursday.
This year marks Drown's second year as a Girl Scout, and it's her first year as a Brownie in Troop 1757 in Huntington's Southside.
"I am excited to sell cookies," Drown said. "I know what kind of cookies are inside these boxes, and I can't wait for everyone else to see the awesomeness that is in these boxes."