Scouts take to streets for sales

The temperatures were cold, but the cookie sales were hot.

Girls from Craig's Girl Scout Troop 52 braved cold temperatures Saturday as they went to the streets to get their annual cookie sales drive going full force.

Outside of Safeway sat a minivan full of about 600 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, and by the road stood a Girl Scout dressed as a cookie and two others holding signs to lure in buyers.

Tylan Smercina supplied the minivan and said the sale was a good opportunity for the girls to sharpen their math skills and learn respect, manners, and customer service skills.

"The camaraderie is good, too. It's important that they have fun together," she said.

The troop sold more than 150 boxes Saturday.

Thin Mints and Samoas were the most popular, Smercina said, but the number of new Cafe cookies that were sold surprised her. The Cafe cookie is similar to a gingersnap, and Smercina said it goes well with tea or coffee.

Customer Ashley Shevling said she was a fan of the popular Samoa cookie, which is a caramel and coconut cookie with chocolate drizzled on top.

She bought one the boxes, which sell for $3, from Troop 49's booth inside Kmart. "The Samoas are the best out of them all," she said.

Becky Forquer, troop leader for Brownie Troop 213, said the troop sold almost 250 boxes at its booth in City Market.

"I don't want to jinx it, but I've never hit that number in booth sales before," she said.

The girls sold more Thin Mints than anything else, but they also tried to promote the new Cafe cookies, Forquer said.

A tray was available for people to try, but Forquer said the reviews were mixed on the cookie.

"People just aren't used to them yet," she said.

The troops all set sales goals and were optimistic that they would reach them.

If the girls from Troop 52 sold 200 boxes, they would get all of their personal sales incentives, which include a sweatshirt, pillow and a stuffed animal.

If they sold more than 400 boxes, they would be entered in a drawing to win a full-size chocolate Labrador. The drawing for the dog is open to every Girl Scout on the Western Slope.

Troop 49 had a different goal in mind at its location inside Kmart.

Scouts were hoping to sell enough cookies to pay for a service-unit party this year.

Each troop takes turns paying for the annual party for all the Girl Scouts in the Craig area, which totals about 100, said Angela Sollenberger, whose daughter is in the troop.

Scouts also can be seen around town going door to door, but they're only delivering cookie orders.

More public sales venues are scheduled at the following locations and times:

  • Wednesday: 3:30 to 7 p.m. at City Market;
  • Friday: 3 to 7 p.m. at City Market, 3 to 6 p.m. at Safe--way;
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at City Market and Safeway;
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kmart and the Safeway parking lot;
  • March 1: 3:30 to 7 p.m. at City Market;
  • March 4: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at City Market, downtown Craig and the Safeway parking lot.

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