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It’s the sweetest time of the year for fans of Thin Mints, Trefoils and other seasonal cookie favorites, and the Girl Scouts from across central and northern Arizona have proved their entrepreneurial prowess this year by selling more than 2.8 million boxes.
The Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council are celebrating a tremendously successful cookie sales season, with each Girl Scout selling an average of about 250 boxes in support of the Girl Scouts program and its volunteers and initiatives. Leading the pack was Parker’s Troop 1892, which saw cookie sales top 28,200 boxes, and the top seller in the state also hailed from the Parker troop, selling a total of 4,043 boxes this season.
All money raised by Arizona’s Girl Scouts will remain in the state where it will help finance camps, educational efforts and community projects of relevance to the organization. In addition to helping fund initiatives and programs for the youth organization, the Girl Scout cookie program teaches young girls essential entrepreneurial and social skills while providing real-world experience with regard to goal-setting, money management, decision-making and so on.
This year’s cookie season also brought with it the return of the Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge, a culinary competition featuring chefs from local restaurants as they create special desserts using different Girl Scout cookie varieties. Aioli Gourmet Burgers took home the top prize in the sixth-annual installment of the event, earning 3,700 votes for its efforts. A portion of the proceeds raised through Challenge dessert sales will also benefit Arizona’s Girl Scouts, helping the organization continue its mission of helping girls build courage, confidence and character.