ST. CLOUD - It’s that glorious time of year where a local girl scout may soon be coming to your front door to sell you cookies.

The Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines started their cookie sales this week. Director of communications Tauna Quimby says the cookie sales teach the girls valuable lessons.

"In Girl Scouting the girls just think they're having a good time but what we're really teaching them is to have courage confidence and character so they can make the world a better place," Quimby says.

Troop 153 based in Albany prepares well ahead of time to sell the cookies. Quimby says the selling experience teaches skills that will benefit the girls for their entire lives.

"They're learning about goal-setting, they're learning money management and how they're going to take care of those troop dollars."

Quimby says it’s also exciting for them and parents to see how the girls progress over time.

"It's so fun to see a girl come to your door and knock for the first time and be so afraid to sell girl scout cookies, and the next year she may ask if you want to buy some, and by the time she's in the 12th grade she's probably making a business presentation and asking you to buy them by the case."

On top of everything else, selling cookies also gives the girls a valuable chance to connect with each other and their community.

Those who are interested in learning more or getting involved with the local Girl Scouts can find information on their website.

For more on Girl Scout cookie sales, click here.

 

Troop 153 ready to sell cookies. (Dan DeBaun, WJON)