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From left, Morgan Ford, Michelle Haynie, Rachel Green and Carolyn Haynie sell boxes and boxes of cookies Tuesday night from a table set up inside the Aviano base exchange complex in Italy.
From left, Morgan Ford, Michelle Haynie, Rachel Green and Carolyn Haynie sell boxes and boxes of cookies Tuesday night from a table set up inside the Aviano base exchange complex in Italy. (Kent Harris / S&S)

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — “The cookies are coming, the cookies are coming!”

Girl Scouts are preparing people for the annual arrival of Girl Scout cookies at European military communities.

Some communities have already received their cookies and put them on sale, and the rest of the sweet treats should arrive soon, said Jeane Cella, the North Atlantic Girl Scout executive director.

“[The cookies] go on sale upon arrival and some are already almost sold out,” she said.

Selling cookies can get crazy, said Desy Maus, the Sembach Girl Scout overseas committee chairperson. “I look forward to this time of year, but it’s a hectic time,” she said. “We have to drop everything when the cookies come in.”

The Girl Scouts are selling eight varieties of cookies this year: Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Shortbread, Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Lemon Pastry, Animal Treasures and Friendship Circles. Each box costs $3.

People buying Girl Scout cookies support the girls in many ways, Cella said.

Some profits go directly to the local troops to pay for camping and field trips and to help purchase awards and badges the girls earn, she said.

Some of the sales support the council and its efforts to run the Girl Scouts Camp Lachemwald, near Giessen, and two major teenage Girl Scouting events in Heidelberg, Cella said.

The cookie sales program is particularly important to Girl Scouts overseas because the girls do not have many other opportunities to earn money for their troops, Cella said.

And even more important than the profits, the sales program is good for the girls, Maus said. It teaches responsibility, leadership, budgeting, money management, how to help others and salesmanship.

“The girls gets so excited when they make a sale,” Maus said. “The girl knows she is helping her troop, and that’s what she’s working for.”

Girl Scouts have a lot of fun selling the cookies, said Crystal Stephens, 13, from Girl Scout Cadette Troop 983 in Sembach. “When [people] taste the cookies and like it, we get to see the happy look on their face,” she said.

People hankering for a taste of the cookies should watch for the girls at local exchanges, shoppettes and commissaries, Girl Scout officials said.

“We want people to come out and buy our cookies,” Crystal said.

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