By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Girl Scouts are putting on their entrepreneurial hats.
The girls soon will hit the streets selling their famous cookies, which now are available for preorder.
Cookies will arrive the week of Feb. 20-26, and the next weekend area Girl Scouts will begin selling them.
The biggest change buyers will see this year is new cookie names.
“We actually changed cookie companies, so our cookies have different names,” said Lori Robertson, membership manager of Girl Scouts Heart of the South, which is home to Troop 611 in the Tupelo area.
Caramel deLites are now Samoas, Shortbreads are now Trefoils, Peanut Butter Patties are now Tag-a-Longs, Peanut Butter Sandwiches are now Do-Si-Dos, and Lemonades are now Lemon Chalet Cremes.
Thin Mints are keeping their name.
A new cookie this year is the Thank U Berry Much, which Robertson describes as a “tangy cranberry cookie with white chocolate chips.”
Dulce de Leche cookies, which have a milky caramel flavor, are new in this area, but have been sold as Girl Scout cookies elsewhere.
Robertson said the Scouts have not outlined exactly when and where they’ll sell the cookies, but she expects them to sell them in the storefronts of Walmart, Kroger, Lowe’s and other businesses. They will also sell cookies at the Link Centre.
For those who want to donate to the Girl Scouts instead of buying cookies, the Scouts have the Gift of Charity Program. Buyers can pay for a box of cookies, which the Scouts will donate to a charitable organization of their choice.
North Mississippi Girl Scouts are a part of the Girl Scouts Heart of the South, which covers 59 counties in north Mississippi, west Tennessee and one county in Arkansas.
The Heart of the South goal for this year is to sell 1.7 million boxes, which is 6 percent higher than the amount sold last year.
All of the proceeds from the cookie sales stay in the area where the cookies are sold. Many of the Scouts use their cookie money to go to camp in the summer, said Rosalind Davis, product sales assistant with the Girl Scouts Heart of the South.
The cookie sale is important for the Girl Scouts to learn how to set goals, make decisions, manage money and develop people skills and business ethics, Robertson said.
Contact Sheena Barnett at (662) 678-1580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Girl Scout cookies
Available now for preorder, either by a Girl Scout or by calling (662) 844-7577 or (800) 624-4185.
Scouts will start selling actual boxes of cookies in late February.
Cookies are $3.50 per box.
More info is at girlscoutcookies.org.