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Brentwood Girl Scouts Celebrate Successful Weekend of Cookie Sales

Girl Scouts will sell cookies through March 18 as part of the second wave of their annual sale. No order is required. Buy boxes of cookies on the spot!

Miss out on the first wave of Girl Scout Cookie sales? Craving Thin Mints and Caramel deLites? Not sure where to find Shortbreads and Peanut Butter Patties? You're in luck. Your search just became as simple as clicking a button.

Girl Scouts, such as Brentwood's Troop 657, who sold cookies on Saturday afternoon at the on Eager Road, will be selling cookies at local businesses throughout Eastern Missouri.

From big grocery stores like and Dierbergs to stores like Petco and , Girl Scouts will sell cookies through March 18 as part of the second wave of their annual cookie sale. There is no order required; you can buy boxes of cookies on the spot for $3.50 per package.

Selling the cookies gives girls a boost in math and business, and is a great learning process.

"The girls learn to do math on the fly when they give change," Troop 657's leader, Stephanie Cross, said. "It teaches them about courtesy when they thank the customers and complete a sale. It boosts their confidence and teaches them about salesmanship."

Cookie booths are easy to find. Simply point your browser to http://girlscoutcookies.org and enter your zip code to generate a list of locations and times. If you have an iPhone or other Apple device, you can also visit the site to download the cookie finder app, which uses your GPS location to find the closest booth to you. It even comes complete with alerts to let you know when a cookie booth near you is open for business.

All proceeds from cookie sales stay within the community to benefit local girls. Troops use the money for everything from field trips to community service projects; troop 657 plans to use their cookie money to take a field trip.

The girls vote in May on where they'd like to visit and they make a group decision. They're planning a trip this summer to Camp Fiddlecreek. With these funds, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri can also deliver programs for girls, provide training for adult volunteers and maintain their three local Girl Scout camps.

Through the Girl Scout Cookie program, girls develop five essential life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. It is the largest girl-led business in the world and generates immeasurable benefits for girls and their communities. Girl Scouts have been selling cookies for more than 80 years. Got a craving for cookies? Get online and find yours today!

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