By JB Clark
TUPELO – More than 400 Girl Scouts, along with their parents and troop leaders, gathered at Wesley United Methodist Church in Tupelo on Saturday to prepare for Girl Scout cookie sales.
“This is like a pep rally for our cookie sales for all the girls in the north Mississippi area,” said Myra Collins, senior director of properties for Girl Scouts. “They come and learn about cookie sales safety, how to run a cookie booth, the types of cookies, how much the cookies sell for, selling techniques, and they’ll play too.”
Many girls decorated aprons and chef hats with Girl Scout cookie stickers and sales slogans.
“I’m making a heart with polka-dots on my apron,” said two-year Girl Scout veteran Anabelle Robertson, 6, of Amory. She also said she is excited about getting to eat some Samoa cookies herself.
Lee Cartee, 9, of Corinth, said her troop used some of its Girl Scout cookie money from last year to buy fun craft supplies. “I like selling because I get to meet people and meet other Girl Scouts,” Lee said.
Collins said the cookie sales are the bread and butter of the Girl Scouts.
“Not only does the money stay with the council to support our programs but we have money that goes directly back to the troops and the girls use the money for all of their activities in the year and for their trips,” Collins said. “Everything is driven by the cookie sales.”
The profits from cookie sales within the council will stay with Girl Scouts Heart of the South. From there, money will be distributed into each troop according to a sliding scale based on each of the individual troop’s per-girl average sales.
The kickoff was attended by girls from Greenwood all the way to Corinth.
Girl Scouts are now taking pre-orders for their cookies. The cookies will begin being delivered Feb. 15 and sales will continue through March 16.