Jan 5, 2013 8:05 PM by Kathrene Herndon, KSBY News

Local Girl Scouts attend event to learn about selling tips, safety

Girl Scouts from all over were in San Luis Obispo on Saturday learning about all things cookies.

More than 14 different troops from San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties were at the Elks Lodge for Cookie U, the annual cookie kickoff.

Organizers says Cookie U is bascially a cookie university.

The girl scouts were learning about many things, including goal setting, money management, and even business ethics.

Jr. Girl Scout Marilyn Smith, from Troop #40016, says, "We sell cookies for our troop, just so we can go on different trips and help the community in some ways and it's just, it's a lot of fun."

People who don't want to purchase cookies for themselves can purchase a box or two for Operation Gratitude, which helps troops overseas.

Girl Scout Cadet Autumn Jordan, from Troop #40354, says, "My favorite part is that we got to, some people that don't like or don't want or are on a diet, could buy them for the people in the Army."

Sharay Russell, the media rep for the North County Cuesta Del Norte Service Unit, says, "Knowing that it's (Girl Scouts) teaching our girls the courage, confidence, and character and how to be a better person in the community makes a huge difference on my heart."

Organizers say cookie presales start Jan. 12, and booth sales start in February or March.



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