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Girl Scout favorites arrive Thursday

Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Caramel deLights and the rest of the Girl Scout cookie varieties will be making their way into town later this week.

Troop leaders will receive the cookie shipments on Thursday, and those who pre-ordered from Girl Scouts can expect to see their cookies as early as Friday, said Katie Miller of the Girl Scouts' Aiken Service Unit.

This year's sale numbers for the initial cookie shipment, which includes pre-ordered cookies and boxes ordered by troops to sell at area businesses in the next couple weeks, came out to almost 20,000 more boxes than last year's initial shipment.

Last year, 41,472 boxes were ordered initially, compared to 59,868 boxes ordered this year.

"We have a lot of new troops this year, which I believe is why we've seen such an increase in our initial order this year," Miller said.

It was no surprise, Miller said, that Thin Mints were the best-sellers this year, with Caramel deLights coming in close second.

Girl Scout cookie orders will be delivered by March 25 at the very latest, Miller said.

Last year, Aiken Girl Scouts sold a total of 60,024 boxes of cookies, and the girls are already only 13 cases of cookie boxes away from meeting last year's final numbers, Miller said.

Those who missed out on the pre-order period don't have to wait until next year to get their Girl Scout cookie fix, because troops order additional cookies to sell at booth sales over the next few weekends.

Some troops event put in a second order, selling cookies through March 20.

Girl Scout troops will set up shop around Aiken each weekend between now and March 20.

They will be at both Walmarts, Kroger, Lowes, the Aiken Mall, both Bi-Los and Walgreens.

Selling times will be Friday evening from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Cookies cost $3.50 per box and can be paid for with cash or check (accompanied by a driver's license number).

"I think the girls are doing really well. They are learning lots of really valuable skills," Miller said.

The five skills that the Girl Scout council is focusing on during this year's cookie sale are: people skills, decision making, money management, business ethics and goal setting.

Contact Anna Dolianitis at

Number of cookies sold during the initial ordering period this year:

Thin Mints - 13,416

Caramel deLights - 11,976

Peanut Butter Sandwiches - 8,136

Peanut Butter Patties - 7,848

Shortbreads - 6,360

Lemonades - 5,412

Thanks-A-Lots - 3,888

Shout outs! - 2,832

Total - 59,868




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