Girl Scout cookies

Girl Scout Troop and Service Unit leadership teams picked up their cookies on Feb. 1 to start their sales and distribution in Cheatham County. SUBMITTED

More than 100 Girl Scouts have received their cookies to sell and distribute in Cheatham County.

Booth sales began Feb. 2 and run through March 1, Girl Scout regional executive director Dawn Rhodes said. Cheatham County Girl Scouts have approximately 24,000 boxes of cookies, according to Girls Scouts of Middle Tennessee officials.

Now is the best time to buy the cookies — prices will increase next year, Rhodes said. Cookies next year will increase from $3.50 per box to $4 per box. It has been at least a decade since a price increase, and the Girl Scouts are not making much money what with the increased cost of ingredients, Rhodes said.

The famous cookie sale is the organization’s major annual fundraiser, Rhodes said. It’s also a fundraiser for the local scouts, who receive 55 cents per box. Some girls set those funds aside for Scout trips and activities. For every $1 spent on cookies, 92 cents go back to the organization, she said.

If you don’t have exact change, you may able to snag several boxes of cookies by using your debit or credit card, Rhodes said. The decision to allow the use of a card is up to each individual girl, who is running her own business; those who allow card use normally require the purchase of a minimum number of boxes so the transaction makes some money due to card processing fees.

Samoas are a big seller, but based on reports from other districts, the new cookie, Lemon-Ups, are expected to begin to eclipse those as well as perennial favorite Thin Mints, Rhodes said.

COOKIE LOCATOR

Booths for Girl Scout cookie sales will be set up throughout the county until Sunday, March 1. Go to gsmidtn.org/find-cookies to search for a location.

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