LIMA — Sometimes a pesky door-to-door salesman does not seem quite so pesky.
In fact, many people look forward to seeing them.
Once again, it is time for Girl Scout cookies. For most of us, it means connecting with the Girl Scout you know, whether it is a daughter, niece, granddaughter, neighbor girl, or a circulating order form at work to make sure you secure a box of whichever one has become your favorite. At this time of year, it is always a popular topic of conversation to discuss which is your favorite.
“It is a tradition that is entrenched in nearly every community,” said Shonna King, communications director with the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, which includes the Lima area. “Everyone usually knows who to call for their cookies.”
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio has about 15,000 adult volunteers and about 50,000 members in 32 counties throughout western Ohio and southeastern Indiana. Cookies went on sale Jan. 10 and will continue through March 30. Orders start coming in Feb. 28, when scouts will begin filling the orders.
Of the 12 styles of Girl Scout cookies, six will be available in Lima and the surrounding area, including Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos and Savannah Smiles. The cookies are made by Little Brownie Bakers in Louisville, Ky. While customers eagerly wait for their yearly arrival of treats, girls are learning to skills to apply later on in their adult life.
“The Girl Scout cookie program is an amazing learning opportunity for girls,” King said. “Through the cookie program, girls are learning life-long skills that will help them be successful now and in the future.”
The five skills stressed in the program are goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Additionally, girls help earn their own way for activities and service projects they choose to do for the year. All proceeds from the cookie sales stay in the community. Girls can also earn badges and are offered awards as incentives.
If you miss the initial order, King said people would still be able to buy cookies through booth sales, which begin March 7. Cookies will remain on sale through March 30.
If your regular saleswoman has grown up and moved on, King said another Girl Scout can usually be found by asking friends. If you’re still having trouble finding a connection, call King for help at 419-243-8216 . Also, once booth sales start, a venue can be found by going to littlebrownie.com and clicking on cookie locator.