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New cookie to fuel Girl Scouts’ drive for Sea World prize

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DIANA BUCKLEY
Ellis County Press
ENNIS - With their eyes on a trip to Sea World, Girl Scout Troop No. 1418 is looking for record-breaking cookie sales this year with the help of the new Aloha Chips.

'We started selling cookies on Friday,' said Troop Leader Teresa Watson.

'One little girl already called me to say she sold 248 boxes. She had already gone over her goal for this year.'

Watson said the troop used last year's cookie money for trips to day camp, the Russell Stover factory in Corsicana, and the IMAX theatre in Dallas.

They also use the money to pay annual registration fees of $7 for each returning troop member.

'That way, each girl only pays that $7 one time,' said Watson, who has been co-leader of Troop 1418 for four years.

But there's a bigger goal on the line this time. 'We're planning a weekend trip to Sea World,' Watson said. 'Probably next year. We'd like all the girls to be at least 10 years old when we go.'

According to Watson, the troop would need about $1,800 to make the trip. 'That would pay for the girls only,' she said. 'Parents would pay their own way.'

Last year, the troop realized $1,158 in troop profits from cookie sales.

Watson also serves as cookie coordinator for the service unit, which includes Ennis, Ferris, Palmer and other Ellis County cities.

'We have about 22 troops selling cookies this year,' she said. 'There are over 235 girls signed up, so we're growing.'

According to Girl Scout Historian Mary Levey, the sale of cookies started soon after the all-girl organization was founded in 1912, first taking the form of neighborhood bake sales.

'Since they first began, the Girl Scout Cookie sales have focused on helping girls to learn real skills that help them succeed in life,' Levey said.

'Many of today's successful women credit Girls Scout Cookie sales with helping them develop their business and communication skills.'

This year's cookie line up will include the classics - Thin Mints, Trefoils and the original Samoas. Tagalongs, Do-si-dos, reduced-fat Apple Cinnamon and Lemon Drops will also be available.

A new variety will be introduced as well. 'Aloha Chips with macadamia nuts, new this year,' stated a flyer distributed by Girls Scouts of Tejas Council. 'A distinctive and exotic taste that only crunchy macadamia nuts and creamy white fudge chips can deliver.'

Orders will be taken from Jan. 5-21, and Girl Scout Cookie booths will be seen in area stores beginning Feb. 14.

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