It’s Cookie Time

It’s that time of the year when you might be getting a knock on the door.

The Girl Scout Organization says that they sell more than 200 million boxes of cookies every year.

Girls from Naperville Troop 1617 are trying to sell more cookies than any other troop in the area.

“We want to sell more than 300 boxes,” said Girl Scout Ellie Marcet.

Marcet is one the newest members of the troop. When she joined three years ago she felt comfortable with all the other girls.

“They made me feel like I was a part of something that was good to be a part of,” said Marcet. “We do worthwhile things, such as helping our community and selling cookies.”

Even though the Girl Scouts Organization says the annual cookie sale is the group’s biggest fundraiser, leaders say the process teaches scouts about more than just selling cookies.

“What scouting is really about is developing girls to be leaders,” said Troop 1617 leader Susan Findling. “The girls are going to be our leaders of tomorrow, and we are trying to instill skills in them that will help them later in life.”

If you don’t want to be tempted by the cookies yourself, there is another way you can contribute to the Girl Scout’s effort.

“You can always buy a box of Girl Scout cookies, and we can donate them to the troops,” said Marcet. “You just pay us $4, and instead of giving them the cookies we just mail them overseas to the troops.”

Members of Troop 1617 enjoy working together to top the cookie sales charts. Their leaders say watching each girl strive to be her best is one of the joys of volunteering.

“It’s such a good group of girls,” said Findling. “I think they are just having fun together, and this troop will be together until high school.”

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