In February, the scouts will take pre-orders to be delivered later. The week of March 10, they will receive boxes of cookies to sell at public locations, such as in front of Tops.
The famous cookies come in eight varieties locally. They are: Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Savannah Smiles, Tefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Dulce De Leche and Thank U Berry Much.
The local scouts have set up a dedicated email address, email@example.com, for anyone in the community interested in buying cookies. There is also a Girl Scout Cookie Finder app for smart phones that provides information about local cookie sales by zip code.
Most of the local troops meet every other week and stay active during school breaks. The younger girls do arts and crafts, play games and do activities to earn patches and awards. They also give back to the community: last year local scouts collected food items to donate to the Skaneateles Ecumenical Food Pantry as part of the Labor Day weekend celebration.
Though they campaign to have new members join in the fall, girls are welcomed to join anytime.
Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.