Girl Scout cookie delivery us underway and a month of cookie booth sales start tomorrow, March 1st.
Cookies cost consumers $3.50 per box. After paying the bakers who make the cookies the Scouts keep about $2.70 per box.
Cookies rolled into a room at a community center in Union County earlier this week. They were boxes of pre-orders and cookies destined for booth sales during the month of March.
"This one month funds the other eleven months," Girl Scout Troop Leader Shannon Wilson said.
Shannon Wilson, her grandmother, and her mother were Girl Scouts and so is her daughter Susannah.
"We have a lot of fun in Girl Scouts," Susannah said.
Scouts earn patches. Nylavia Howard and her twin sister Nayana showed off some of theirs.
"This one is hiking, that one is for standing in front of everybody, that one is for neat drawing, and that one if for outdoor exploring," Nayana said as she pointed to each one.
Scouts also sell cookies to support Girl Scout programs and their own troop.
Cookie sales proceeds covered all costs for a trip to Washington D.C. last year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting.
"My favorite part was seeing all of the memorials," Susannah said.
Nylavia said, "We went to where Abraham Lincoln was where he sat up in the chair."
The trip was educational and adventurous, part of the Girl Scout experience.
"The Girl Scout motto is building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place," Shannon Wilson said.
That's why service projects are a focus for Girl Scouts.
"We designate a portion of the cookie sale proceeds to fund our community service projects and then some of it funds supplies the troop needs and the girls need like their uniforms and things like that," she said.
Some of their service projects during the past year were cleaning up a park, making dinner for people at the Ronald McDonald House and bringing them cookies, and making the Children's Advocacy Center a little prettier.
"We planted flowers at the children's center. And we made all of these toys and blankets for the puppies and kittens at the Union County Humane Society and we cleaned out their garden," Susannah said.
Helping the Humane Society is a favorite service project but the Girl Scouts seem to enjoy them all.
"It makes me feel like I'm helping somebody," Nayana said.
Cookie sales support those efforts.
This year the Union County troop will take a trip to Savannah, Georgia which is the birth place of Girl Scouting.
And they also plan a lot of service projects in their community.