Pharos-Tribune staff writer

A month of waiting will soon be over for those who placed orders for Girl Scout cookies.

Judy Roberson, manager of product sales for Girl Scouts of Tribal Trails Council in Logansport, said cookies will be delivered on Tuesday and sorted for distribution.

Eight varieties of cookies are offered this year, including the ever-popular Thin Mint, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Shortbread, Peanut Butter Patties, Caramel deLite, and reduced fat Lemon Pastry Creme. Two new cookies featured are the Thanks-A-Lot, a shortbread cookie dipped in rich fudge and topped with an embossed Thank You message in one of five languages, and the Cartwheel, a reduced fat oatmeal and cinnamon cookie.

While the 2006 cookie season brought two new varieties, it also marks the end for a long-standing classic. According to Roberson, this will be the last year the Lemon Pastry Creme will be offered.

Originally produced in the 1920s, the lemon pastry was reintroduced for the 1984-85 cookie season and has been a part of the cookie line for the last 21 years. Roberson said it will be replaced with another type of lemon cookie for the 2006-2007 cookie season.

With this being the last year for the Lemon Pastry Creme, it’s not unheard of for people to buy multiple boxes of outgoing cookies to be stored away in the freezer.

Each year, millions of boxes of Girl Scout cookies are sold nationwide, with the Thin Mint ranked as the top seller, according to Roberson. The Caramel deLite is “probably our second best seller.”

When a new cookie is introduced, often it takes a couple of seasons for the public to embrace it.

“The new ones usually start off slow and then they catch up,” said Roberson. “Once people get a chance to taste them, then they call and buy more.”

Although total sales figures are not yet available, initial sales appear to be doing well this year. Comparing initial sales from January 2005 to January 2006, “we are up in cases,” she said, “which is great.”

If you missed your chance to order cookies in January, there will be other opportunities in the coming weeks to purchase the treats.

Booths will be set up at various local businesses starting next week, said Roberson. Girl Scouts will be staffing a booth in the National City Bank building after school on Thursdays and Fridays, starting Feb. 16 and 17 and including Feb. 23 and 24 and March 2 and 3. Booths also will be set up at the Logansport Mall, Rural King and Marsh Supermarket on 14th Street on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting next week and continuing through March 5.

Cookies are $3 a box.

According to Roberson, a well-rounded supply of cookies will be available for purchase at the booths. Individuals may also place orders if boxes run out.

Proceeds from the sales will be used for girl programs and financial assistance.

“With that we provide funding for service unity events, county events, camps and activities,” said Roberson. It also is used to purchase sashes and vests for girls who cannot afford them.

Girl Scouts of Tribal Trails serves girls in Carroll, Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Pulaski and Wabash counties.

Not only do cookie sales help raise money for the organization, it is also an opportunity for girls to learn to set goals, work as a team, be entrepreneurs and manage money, according to Roberson. Girls who reach their goals by selling a certain number of boxes earn cookie patches and cookie coupons which can be used to purchase items from the council shop or for membership dues and registration fees for girl events. Girls who sell 250 boxes also will have their name submitted for a gift card drawing. Girls selling 500 boxes will have a chance in a drawing for a larger gift card, and those selling 1,000 boxes or more will earn their choice of a prize. For every 100 boxes sold, girls will have their names put in for a drawing in April for a 3-foot monkey.

Operation Cookie 2006 under way

A kick-off celebration for Operation Cookie 2006 will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Logansport Mall. Veterans and those actively serving in the armed forces will be honored at the celebration. The public is invited to attend.

Each year, Operation Cookie, a service project started by Fulton County Girl Scout Troop 3615 in 2002, distributes Girl Scout cookies to service men and women overseas. Since Operation Cookie began in 2002, more than seven tons of cookies have been delivered to Grissom Air Reserve Base for distribution. These cookies were then sent or given to service men and women as they were deployed or returned home. Some of the cookies were also sent to Camp Atterbury for distribution.

Individuals may purchase cookies for this service project as they pay for cookies that are being delivered. Donations also may be made at one of the many cookie booths set up at area businesses.

For more information or to place a donation, contact Girl Scouts of Tribal Trails Council, P.O. Box 136, Logansport IN 46947, at (800) 346-4475 or (574) 722-4464.

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