By Taylor Doss
It’s the last weekend for Girl Scout cookie sales, as sales wrap up around the area on will wrap on Sunday, March 5. It’s also the last time to make donations to Operation Cookie Drop, a program that delivers Girl Scout cookies to members of the military serving overseas.
There are several locations near Wrightsville Beach where cookies can be purchased, including three Country Club of Landfall locations, the Hanover Shopping Center, Independence Mall Center Court and Long Leaf Mall.
“When customers purchase a box of cookies from these Girl Scouts they are helping fund a lifetime of experiences,” said Kelly Wilson, director of product sales, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. “Every box a girl sells goes towards a great adventure girls will get to experience together a troop.”
The task of selling the cookies is important in and of itself, teaching the girls essential skills to succeed in their personal lives and careers, Wilson said. They learn goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics all elements of the Girl Scout leadership experience.
Girl Scouts have used cookie sales for more than a century to raise funds for the organization for programs to help young women strengthen leadership qualities and improve the world around them. Proceeds raised allow the Girl Scout Organization fund community service projects, philanthropy efforts, and provide skill-building programs in STEM, financial literacy, healthy living, and environment stewardship, said Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines in a press release.
North Carolina Coastal Pines serves nearly 26,000 girl members in 41 central and eastern North Carolina counties. Funds from sales also help to ensure the chance for girls to attend Girl Scout summer camp. Girls can explore the outdoors in a supportive all-girl led environment at any of the three resident camps located in Johnston, Beaufort, and Vance County.
Membership in Girl Scouts is not required to attend camp. Girl Scouts believe that every girl should have the outdoor experience that is why camp is offered at the average cost of $300 per week. Financial assistance and scholarships available. Registration is open for summer resident camp and summer day camp.
To find a Girl Scout cook sale location, or to learn more about Girl Scout summer camp, visit www.nccoastalpines.org.