By Melody Vallieu
TROY — It’s cookie time — and 80,784 of the tiny tasty treats were dropped off in Miami County on Thursday.
The 6,732 cases of Girl Scout cookies were picked up at the Miami County Fairgrounds by troop leaders and volunteers that make up the 75 troops in and around Miami County. The cookies will be delivered over the next several weeks by the Girl Scouts to those who have pre-ordered the boxes.
While Thin Mints — as usual — are the run away winners with 33.66 percent of sales this year, Tagalongs (17.13 percent) and Do-Si-Dos (17.09) came in a close second and third, according to Ann MacDonald, communications manager of Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, Dayton. Other offerings — at $4 per box — this year include the Savannah Smiles, Samoas and Trefoils.
MacDonald dispelled a rumor that Girl Scouts were no longer allowed to peddle the sugary confections door-to-door, saying that girls indeed visited neighborhoods throughout the area this cookie season to reach their sales goals.
MacDonald said sales are on track this year in comparison to prior years and those still wishing to order cookies can still order cookies from a Girl Scout they know or by purchasing them from one of the cookie booths that will begin cropping up at area businesses today through March 30.
“We are on track to have a great sale,” she said.
MacDonald said the Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-run business in the world, and it empowers girls with the strength, abilities and drive they’ll need to become accomplished women who benefit themselves, their family and the world.
Girls learn five essential skills through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics, MacDonald said.
“With every season of Girl Scout cookies, another generation of girls learns to set goals, make a plan and manage money. As women, they’ll need to know these things whether their goal is to start a business, a family or both. No university has produced as many female business owners as has the Girl Scout Cookie Program,” said Roni Luckenbill, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio CEO in a recent press release.
To find a booth sale in your area or find out more about the Girl Scouts program, visit www.girlscoutsofwesternohio.org.