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Girl Scout cookies arrive
Feb 21, 2007 12:00 am
Representatives from 18 local Girl Scout troops gathered at the Lebanon Coop Saturday for the annual Girl Scout cookie distribution. Trucks and trailers of all sizes were loaded down with cases of the sweet treats.
"We have right at 2,400 cases of cookies this year," Kim Arnold said. Arnold is the Service Unit Cookie Manager for Unit 201, which covers the Lebanon area troops.
The number of cases is down from the previous year's total due to a decrease in the number of scout troops. Arnold noted the number of troops dropped significantly last year.
"We lost eight troops this past year," she added. "We have a lot of interest from the girls, but we don't have enough leaders."
Despite the drop in troops, there was no shortage of cookies being counted and distributed Saturday. For those in the area who may not have had a chance to get hold of cookies, there will be opportunities throughout the city beginning Monday as all 18 troops will begin booth sales.
"The cost is $3.50 per box, and the booth sales run through March 18," Service Unit Manager Sandy Wellman said.
Volunteers are needed to help with the formation of new troops. Wellman said the organization has "no problem recruiting girls" but they are in need of adults who are willing to become troop leaders.
"It is an excellent program for girls," Wellman added.
The Cumberland Valley Council is hosting a three-day camp in October and are looking for volunteers trained in first aid, fire safety, crafts, or any special talents to teach at the camp. Also in the works for the Lebanon area will be the formation of a Spanish speaking troop, Wellman said.
"That is our big goal for this year," she noted.
Staff Writer Kimberly Jordan can be reached at 444-3952 ext. 44 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.