CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Samoas, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs and Thin Mints: The mere mention of those words can make some people’s mouths water. And while not everyone knows what those words mean, to the cookie connoisseur, they mean one thing — it’s Girl Scout cookie time.

The 700 Girl Scouts on Okinawa will begin their annual cookie campaign this weekend, according to Shannon GaNun, volunteer public relations coordinator for the Kadena Girl Scouts. Sales will begin Friday and will run through Feb. 27. Each installation has several sale locations, and local Girl Scouts will sell door-to-door in certain areas, GaNun said.

At each sale site, customers can purchase cookies to be donated to servicemembers deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations throughout the world, GaNun said.

Each box of cookies costs $3.50, GaNun said. On Okinawa, 4,400 cases, or 52,800 boxes, are typically sold each year. Much of the nearly $185,000 raised will stay on island for the Girl Scouts there.

“The money raised by each troop is used for whatever the girls decide to do — such as going to camp, going on field trips, conducting a service project, doing activities to earn badges, or other great adventures,” GaNun said in an e-mail.

“A portion of the money goes to USA Girl Scouts Overseas-West Pacific, which provides services to Girl Scout troops and volunteers in Mainland Japan, Okinawa and Korea.”

In addition to raising money, GaNun said the cookie sale teaches the girls to set goals, plan, market, manage money and accept responsibility.

Sale times and dates at U.S. bases on Okinawa

Get your Girl Scout cookies at the following locations:

Kadena Air Base: At the USO Friday, 3 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ongoing cookie sales on Kadena will take place every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Jan. 14 to Feb. 26 at the following locations: commissary, exchange, Fairchild shoppette, Mainstreet USA food court, Olympic shoppette, Post Office and USO.

Camp Shields and Torii Station: At the respective bases’ shoppettes, the same dates and times as at Kadena.

Camp Courtney: A “Cookie Kick-Off Carnival” is scheduled Friday at Bechtel Elementary from 5 to 7 p.m. for all registered Girl Scouts. Girls interested in registering for the Girls Scouts also are invited to attend. The Camp Courtney Girl Scouts will hold booth sales from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the following days: Saturday, Sunday, Jan. 11, 14-16, 20-22, 25 and 27-29; and Feb. 3-5, 8-12, 17-20, 22 and 24-26. Booth locations scheduled at the exchange and food court.

Camp McTureous: At the shoppette the same dates and times as Courtney’s booth sales.

Camp Hansen: At the Building 2377 shoppette the same dates and times as Courtney’s booth sales.

Camp Schwab: At the USO and exchange the same dates and times as Courtney’s booth sales. Courtney’s Girl Scouts also will hold one-day door-to-door sales on Courtney and McTureous on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

Camp Foster: From Friday to Feb. 26, Girl Scouts will be selling cookies every Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the exchange, commissary, post office and 24-hour shoppette.

Camp Kinser: Cookie sales will take place from Friday to Feb. 26 at the exchange and shoppette on Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The girls also will be selling door-to-door.

Source: Kadena Girl Scouts

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