TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Ready or not, here they come.
On Saturday, Jan. 19 more than 2,700 Girl Scouts in southern Arizona began selling cookies.
Friday, Jan. 18 was the first day area troop leaders could pick up their boxes to sell and the line of vehicles stretched down the street at a warehouse off Columbus Street. Volunteers spent six hours loading up vehicles on Friday. The warehouse holds some 360,000 boxes of cookies.
The tradition of selling Girl Scout cookies has been around for more than fifty years. Organizers say it gives young girls confidence and teaches them about decision making, goal setting and money management.
“It is the largest girl run business in the world, so we’re so excited for our entrepreneurs to go out there,” said Kristen Hernandez, Deputy CEO of the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona.
When buying that batch of cookies this year, remember to ask the Girl Scout who sold them, what they plan on doing with proceeds; every troop supports a community project with their profits.
“By the end of the season it is just amazing to watch them standing at their booths or walking up to and being confident and saying hey I’m selling cookies and this is why,” said Mindy Blevins, Girl Scout Troop 184.