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Upcoming weekend last chance to buy cookies, including the popular Thin Mints and Samoas, before the season ends.

DESIREE BERGSTROM/MADRAS PIONEER - Haddi Murders and her troopmates, Sophia and Ofelia Castrejon, have had a very successful cookie season this year, selling about 650 boxes so far. They have one more weekend to go.
"Hello!" a group of giggling girls said in unison as patrons of Madras Grocery Outlet entered the store on Sunday afternoon and passed their table full of cookie boxes.

There's one more weekend left to get your Girl Scout cookie fix for 2020 before the colorful boxes "Tagalong" with the friendly scouts and "Do-si-do" out of supermarkets for the season.

The bright boxes have long been a symbol of the national organization, which began selling cookies as a way to fund troop activities as early as 1917.

"You get to help people and make the world a better place," said Haddi. "You learn how to be kind to people and other stuff."

Now, more than a hundred years later, local scouts are keeping the tradition going strong and learning some important things along the way.

Ashley Murders, a local troop leader, said that her troop's cookie sales have been going great, even with this being the girls' first season selling.

"We have sold so many cookies. I didn't expect us to sell this many cookies," she said. "I have had to reorder cookies two times now."

Initially, the troop ordered 360 boxes.

"We sold those in the first weekend," Murders said, then she ordered more than 200 more boxes. "I think we have sold 650 boxes so far," she said.

"This looks bad," she said, gesturing to a table missing key flavors and explaining how the girls need to get more flavors for the upcoming weekend. "People are like, 'Where's your Thin Mints?'"

Murders is headed to pick up more cookies this week for one final push next weekend, with the final sell date set for March 8, including more of the currently sold-out favorites like Samoas and Thin Mints.

With a bright purple bow on top of her hair and her teal scouts vest hanging from her sholders, Haddi, Murders' daughter, seemed just as bright in personality as the boxes on the folding table in front of her were in color. As the rest of her troop arrived a few minutes later, it was apparent that they all shared her excitement for the scouts.

"So Haddi saw some people selling cookies last year, and she decided she wanted to be a Girl Scout," said Murders, describing how cookies were instrumental in getting her daughter excited about Girl Scouts.

"You get to help people and make the world a better place," said Haddi. "You learn how to be kind to people and other stuff."

The money that the troop receives from the cookies goes to help pay for several different things for the troop, but perhaps the most exciting is that it helps the girls do activities throughout the year.DESIREE BERGSTROM/MADRAS PIONEER - Haddi Murders along with Sophia and Ofelia Castrejon

"If we get enough money, then we can do stuff like go to camp," Haddi said. The troop has 10 members, but unfortunately, due to some leadership transitions over the time the have been together, only a few of the girls are still active – Haddi and two others, Sophia and Ofelia Castrejon.

"We've become really good friends with them," Murders said.

Sophia said, giggling, that the best part about Girl Scouts, is "Selling cookies!"

That being said, there are several troops in town, but Murders said that there isn't a lot of communication between them; the organization isn't really structured that way.

This year the scouts came out with a new cookie, called Lemon-ups. "They have words like 'I am bold' and all that," said Haddi.

Murders said that people are supportive of Girl Scouts even if they don't want cookies.

"A lot of people donate (cookies back) because they don't want to eat the cookies, so this year the girls decided they're going to donate all their donated boxes to the local nursing home," Murders said.

The Girl Scouts website at www.girlscouts.org/en/cookies/all-about-cookies.html, has a box to search by zip code and find out details about where and when Girl Scouts will be selling cookies over the next weekend before the season ends.


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