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Girl Scout troops to sell cookies through March 25

It's that time of year again. No, not award show season. And no, not Super Bowl season either. We're talking about cookie season.

That's right: From Friday through March 25, local Girl Scout troops will be busy selling Shortbreads, Tagalongs and all the other classic cookies.

Lawanda Threats, local Girl Scout leader and cookie chair, was on hand to supervise the offloading of the precious cargo this week as she and an army of volunteers prepared the cookies to be handed off to local troops.

"It's an entrepreneurship; we let the girls know that starting with cookies is a small way to get prepared to do something bigger," Threats said. "Selling cookies is a business for the girls. We are teaching them communication, how to do cold sells, hot sells, how to connect, and leadership. We want these girls to go out and be CEOs of their own companies."

The Girl Scouts have been selling cookies as a way to raise funds since as early as 1917. In fact, the tradition started right here in Oklahoma when the Mistletoe Troop, based in Muskogee, baked cookies to sell in the local high school cafeteria as a service project.

Threats wants people to know that, while cookie sales are a big part of being a Girl Scout, they do not define the organization.

"We do a lot of community service," Threats said.

Each year, the girls take a part of their proceeds and put them toward a community service project and a global giving project.

Some troops donate to nonprofits, like animal shelters, but it is always left up to the girls because "it is their business," as Threats says.

"I help guide them. Throughout the year we go to different locations and participate in different things so the girls know what is around and what is available," Threats said.

This year, Threats' troop has chosen UNICEF to give back to.

In addition to their service to the community, the troops often use some of their proceeds for a fun trip.

"Last year we went to Marble Falls, Texas," Threats said. "The girls had a really good time, and it was educational. Anything that I do, personally, they may think they're having fun but, they are also learning. I sneak it in."

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