Community Captions: Feb. 21, 2018
Photographer Christopher Oertell writes a regular column.
It's that time of year to fill your cupboards and freezers with Girl Scout cookies.
Recently, I went out to the Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft store at the Sunset Esplanade shopping center in Hillsboro and met two local Girl Scouts, Jasmine Cummings, 7, and Abrielle St. Claire, 9. Both of these girls are Brownies from Hillsboro Troop 40359. Jasmine, who has been a Girl Scout for three years, said that her two favorite things while Scouting are making new friends and selling cookies. Abrielle has been a Girl Scout for two years and said that she likes going on fun adventures, playing new games and doing crafts with other girls.
In the first 30 minutes of selling cookies inside Jo-Ann's, both girls had already sold 17 boxes of cookies, on their way to the troop's goal of 12,000 boxes.
Proceeds from cookie sales are used to pay for uniforms and patches, as well as troop activities throughout the year. The girls also earn money to go to camp in the spring.
The girls are excited to be able to go to Camp Yamhill for a weekend, where they get to learn new skills they may not have experienced — like archery, knot tying, ziplines and cooking — and make new friends. Jasmine told me that her two favorite things about going to camp are canoeing on the small lake at Camp Yamhill and the skits they perform on Saturday night with all of the troops in attendance.
While selling these boxes of cookies, the Girl Scouts do encounter some customers that just don't want cookies in their house for various reasons — but the troop does take cash donations. The troop has decided that these donated funds will go towards buying art supplies for Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, to Rock N' Rooms to help decorate hospital rooms for kids, and to provide supplies for a local pet rescue. People can also purchase and donate boxes of cookies for the troop to give to local fire and police departments and a women's shelter.
Troop 40359 co-leader Tammy Sibayan said it's important for the girls to sell these cookies, as it teaches them about responsibility, working together, making change and running a business. She said it also teaches them to have a good work ethic.
To find a local booth sale, you can use an app called "Girl Scout Cookie Finder." Cookie sales end on March 11, so hurry and get your cookies before the popular varieties sell out!
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