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The local Troop is hosting a Girl Scout Cookie Tasting Night this Friday at the library

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 - Girl Scout Troop 50110 Cadet Johanna Koivisto displays some of the cookie varieties available this season. Her troop is hosting a Girl Scout Cookie Tasting Night to kick off the 2018 cookie season on Friday evening at the Crook County Library.

Members of the Prineville-based Girl Scout Troop 50110 are hosting Girl Scout Cookie Tasting Night to kick off the 2018 cookie season. The event is planned for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 in the Crook County Library Broughton Room.

"A lot of people ask us what Girl Scouts is all about. We're going to have information about it," said Girl Scout Cadet Johanna Koivisto, who is a sixth-grader at Crook County Middle School.

"They plan to introduce all the cookies and give everyone a chance to sample them as well as give the girls an opportunity to tell people what their goals are for this season," said Troop Leader Amy Koivisto.

Beginning this weekend, Amy, the seven troop members, and Co-Leaders Denise Satterfield and Amanda Gardner will also sell cookies at Ericksons Thriftway in Prineville as well as Fred Meyer and Joann Fabrics and Crafts in Redmond. They will also have a booth at Wagner's Market Fresh IGA in Prineville after school each Friday. They sell eight varieties of cookies for $5 a box.

The proceeds will help support troop activities and service projects.

"For our fun, team-building activity, the girls would like to earn enough money so they can all go to Core Camp in August in addition to our June camping trip," Amy said. "None of the girls have had the chance to experience camp at a Girl Scout facility, so Core Camp is a great way to do this for their first time. This will give the girls an opportunity to experience summer camp with the comfort of their entire troop." 

Funds will also buy supplies for their annual service project.

"Our service project this year is that we're going to make tie blankets and donate them to the police officers to keep in the back of their cars so whenever they pick up a child, they can give them a blanket, and the blanket will have a stuffed animal with them, so it's a form of comfort," Johanna said.

"The blankets and stuffed animals can help comfort the children during a scary time," Amy added.

Public Service workers in Prineville will be their Gift of Caring recipients this year. Any boxes of cookies donated will go to police and fire personnel as a way of thanking them.

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