By Melissa St. Aude
It is Girl Scout Cookie time again and 2,404 cases of the sweet treats arrived in Casa Grande this week.
About 200 girls — representing 13 separate troops in Casa Grande, Eloy and Arizona City — will start selling the cookies door-to-door today.
Cookie booth sales will begin Feb. 2 at various grocery stores and other locations throughout the area.
Karen Kerr-Osman, a leader of two area Girl Scout troops, said that scouts tend to sell the cookies throughout their neighborhoods and to friends and family, often going door-to-door and selling the cookies directly.
Years ago, troops did away with the previous method of pre-ordering cookies for consumers, then returning weeks later to deliver the orders.
“It’s much easier and the girls have been more successful just visiting a person once,” Kerr-Osman said.
Cookies are $4 a box for one of six varieties — Thin Mints, Samoas, Do-si-dos, Tagalongs, Trefoils and the new cookie, Savannah Smiles, a lemon cookie.
The 2,404 cases, containing 28,848 individual boxes of cookies, were unloaded in the Lowe’s parking lot earlier this week and volunteers from the Kohl’s Cares program helped to organize and divide the treats for the different troops.
Girl Scouts have been selling cookies as their primary fundraiser since 1917 and proceeds from the sales benefit troops in southern Arizona and help to fund various service projects and activities.