Yesterday, Andrea Chaney headed to Camp Logan in North Webster to await a most important delivery: cookies. Hundreds of thousands of cookies; 3,412 cases worth.
From Shortbread, Peanut Butter Patties, Caramel deLites and most importantly, Thin Mints, this Girl Scout troop leader makes sure the community has enough Girl Scout cookies to eat each year.
This year’s Girl Scout cookie sale runs from tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 10, to Tuesday, March 11. While it is a busy couple months, it is a rewarding endeavor for all involved.
“The girls benefit greatly. Not only do they learn some great skills — money management, people skills, business and decision making — the troop winds up receiving about half of the profit from each box of cookies,” explained Chaney, who has been leader of Girl Scout Troop 216 for seven years.
These Girl Scouts, while not all from North Webster, meet at North Webster Church of God every other week. The 32 girls range from kindergarten to high school.
Chaney did not grow up as a Girl Scout. It was her goddaughter who wanted to join and since there was no local troop at the time, Chaney started one. Chaney’s niece is also part of the troop.
“She had a goal to sell 2,013 boxes of cookies last year for 2013,” said Chaney. “She did it and wound up earning an iPad for it, too.”
The Girl Scouts of troop 216 are working on several projects, depending on their age group. The oldest are currently collecting 4,000 pounds of bottle caps, which will be converted into a park bench for the community. Collection boxes are set up at Scrub-A-Dub Laundromat and Jill and Jennifer’s Salon of Styles, both in North Webster.
Chaney, born and raised in North Webster, is also the office administrator at Epworth Forest. This summer will be her first at the camp, and she is excited to see it come to life with campers.
“I love working with kids,” said Chaney. “Being a Girl Scout leader is not a huge, hard commitment. It’s fun.”
Girl Scouts from Chaney’s troop will be out and about at locations across the county through March 11. Here is a list of where to purchase cookies locally. There are also Cookie Finder apps available to download for smartphones.
To contact Chaney about joining Girl Scouts, call 574-518-1138.