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Thanks for supporting cookie sale

To the Editor:

Cookie time is over, and the Girl Scouts of Dunthorpe, Lake Oswego, West Linn and Wilsonville want to thank our communities for another year of supporting our annual cookie sale.

We had nearly 80 troops selling cookies in your neighborhoods and on the premises of many community businesses. So there should be no surprise if you found yourself greeting a neighbor in a Girl Scout uniform some time in the last two months.

The cookie sale is not just a fund raiser for the girls. It is an important part of the Girl Scout program for a wide range of ages, and contributes to the girls in our communities and across the region. Because of cookie sales, girls at the troop level develop skills in budgeting, goal setting and understand the accomplishment of achieving those goals.

Many troops travel or go on extended outings with their cookie proceeds, and the girls learn how to plan these activities as well. Aided by cookie funds, girls have performed a wide range of community service projects, attended camps and other outdoor activities, participated in Lego Robotics, been 'backstage' at the zoo and OMSI and broadened their horizons by traveling around the world.

This year, a number of troops have also devoted part of their cookie proceeds into retaining Camp Arrowhead, our resident camp in the Columbia River gorge, which will be offering summer resident camp again this year.

The more than 1,068,084 boxes of Girl Scout cookies sold in 2008 from Seaside to The Dalles support six program sites and a wide range of programs in both troop and non-troop settings.

In this way, and with your help, Girl Scouts continues to build 'girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.'

Thank you.

Anne MacDonald

Chair for Dunthorpe/ Lake Oswego/ West Linn/ Wilsonville Girl Scouts

Barb Weiser

Cookie Manager for Dunthorpe/ Lake Oswego/ West Linn/ Wilsonville Girl Scouts