AUBURN, Mass. — Auburn and Oxford Girl Scouts will kick off their annual cookie sale this weekend, with local troops selling boxes at cookie booths around the community until March 3.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., girls from the 17 troops shared between Oxford and Auburn will be selling cookies at Shaw's Supermarket in Auburn and the Walmart in Oxford. Cookies cost $4 per box.
But this sale is about more than just cookies, said Girl Scout service manager Barbara Ruzzoli, who explained that the funds go to support efforts such as keeping camps running and providing financial aid for girls to participate.
Additionally, each year, the girls also collect cookies to send to Afghanistan and Iraq.
"It's also an important leadership program," she said, adding that it gives girls experience doing community service, teaches them how to be saleswomen, how to express themselves, as well as how to manage a budget.
"It teaches them skills that last forever," Ruzzoli added. During last year's 100th anniversary celebration, a 98-year-old woman spoke to the young girls about her own experiences in the organization, Ruzzoli said.
She also saw how the cookie sales helped her own daughters, who are now in middle school and high school, giving them a step up when doing projects.
Furthermore, Ruzzoli said the girls "love, love, love doing it," and even in the cold weather they get excited to go out and sell cookies at the booths.
To find out more about cookie sales, visit the Girls Scouts of Central and Western Mass website and click on the cookie locator.