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Girl Scout cookie season begins Friday in Aiken County

January 11, 2019

Sweet treat lovers who indulged during the recent holidays have something else to look forward to after celebrating the new year.

Girl Scout cookie season is about to begin in Aiken County.

Troop members locally will start taking preorders Friday.

Booth sales are scheduled for Feb. 22-24, March 1-3, March 8-10 and March 15-17.

“We’re still working on securing the locations,” said Katie Miller, an Aiken resident who is a regional product manager for the Girls Scouts of South Carolina – Mountains to Midlands council. “We hope to know for sure by the end of January where they will be.”

To get the booth locations when they have been finalized, visit girlscouts.org. There is a “Find Cookies!” section where you can enter your ZIP Code.

There also is a Girl Scout Cookie Finder app.

Another way to get booth locations is to call the Mountains to Midlands council at 800-849-4475.

In addition, people who are interested in purchasing cookies locally can visit the Aiken Girl Scouts page on Facebook and send a message.

“This is not just a fundraiser for the girls,” Miller said. “They are learning about goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

“And the girls don’t just use this money to enhance their scouting experiences,” Miller continued. “They also use it to give back to their community through projects that have a lasting impact. They have built Little Free Libraries, made activity blankets for dementia patients and cleaned up parks.”

Nine different varieties of cookies will be available from Aiken County Girl Scouts.

They include Thanks-A-Lot, S’mores, Lemonades, Shortbread, Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Caramel deLites and Peanut Butter Sandwich.

The new Caramel Chocolate Chip cookie also is on the list, but it will only be available for purchase at booths “while supplies last,” Miller said.

Caramel Chocolate Chip cookies are gluten-free. In addition semisweet chocolate chips and caramel, their ingredients include a hint of sea salt.

A single serving, made up of three Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies, has 170 calories, 12 grams of added sugars and 8 grams of fat.

The cost of each box of Caramel Chocolate Chip cookies will be $5. The other varieties of cookies offered locally will be $4 per box.

Selling cookies to finance troop activities is a long-standing tradition among Girl Scouts.

According to the Girl Scouts website, it began as early as 1917 when the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and sold them in a high school cafeteria as a service project.

In the years that followed, Girl Scouts in other troops got involved in similar efforts.

Sales of commercially baked cookies by Girl Scouts started in 1934.

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