Girl Scouts learn life lessons through cookie sales, group participation



Herreid Girl Scouts set up for their annual cookie sales on Saturday at Fresh Start Market. Pictured from left are Kaydence Rossow, daughter of Lisa and Wayne Rossow; Coralie Fjeldheim, daughter of Tess and Mark Fjeldheim; Scarlett Stokes, daughter of Cassie and Bryan Stokes; and Paislee Kocher, daughter of Ashlee and Aaron Kocher. The scouts plan to be set up again from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Prairie Market in Pollock and from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 2, in front of The Quencher in Hague, North Dakota. Prairie Pioneer photo by LeAnda Staebner

Herreid Girl Scouts set up for their annual cookie sales on Saturday at Fresh Start Market. Pictured from left are Kaydence Rossow, daughter of Lisa and Wayne Rossow; Coralie Fjeldheim, daughter of Tess and Mark Fjeldheim; Scarlett Stokes, daughter of Cassie and Bryan Stokes; and Paislee Kocher, daughter of Ashlee and Aaron Kocher. The scouts plan to be set up again from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Prairie Market in Pollock and from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 2, in front of The Quencher in Hague, North Dakota. Prairie Pioneer photo by LeAnda Staebner

It’s the time of year for those with a serious sweet tooth to get their supply of treats.

Herreid scouts are out and about and ready to hook you up during the annual Girl Scout Cookie sales event, which kicked off Feb. 12.

Cookies are serious business for these girls, so much so that they attend a Cookie University set up specifically to help first-timers learn how to peddle the sweet treats. Although, it usually just takes one look at the smiles and happy faces and you’re sure to buy at least a box … or two.

Local scouts Coralie Fjeldheim and Kaydence Rossow headed to Bismarck, North Dakota, on Feb. 3 with their moms to attend Cookie University.

“They divide them into age groups and give them age-appropriate activities to learn how to run their cookie business,” said Coralie’s mom, Tess Fjeldheim.

Following the “intensive” training, the duo headed to Nardello’s Pizza, where they got a behind-the-scenes tour of the business and got to each build their own pies.

Coralie Fjeldheim and Kaydence Rossow attended Cookie University in Bismarck recently as they prepared for their first year of selling cookies. Brownie leader Lisa Rossow also arranged for the girls to go to Nardello’s Pizza and get a tour of their kitchen. While there, the girls also got to make their own pizzas. Coralie is the daughter of Tess and Mark Fjeldheim and Kaydence is the daughter of Lisa and Waye Rossow. Courtesy photo contributed by Tess Fjeldheim

Coralie Fjeldheim and Kaydence Rossow attended Cookie University in Bismarck recently as they prepared for their first year of selling cookies. Brownie leader Lisa Rossow also arranged for the girls to go to Nardello’s Pizza and get a tour of their kitchen. While there, the girls also got to make their own pizzas. Coralie is the daughter of Tess and Mark Fjeldheim and Kaydence is the daughter of Lisa and Waye Rossow. Courtesy photo contributed by Tess Fjeldheim

Then is was back home to prepare for the much-anticipated annual cookie event.

This year’s flavors include Adventurefuls, a brownie cookie topped with caramel and a hint of sea salt; Caramel Chocolate Chip; Caramel deLites (Samoas), with caramel, coconut and chocolate stripes; Do-sidos, peanut butter sandwich cookies; Girl Scout S’mores; Lemonades, shortbread topped with lemon icing; Lemon-Ups, lemon cookies with inspiring messages; Peanut Butter Patties (Tagalongs); Thin Mints; Toast-Yay, French toast flavored cookies dipped in icing; Toffee-tastic, a gluten-free butter cookie with toffee bits; and Trefoils, the original shortbread cookie.

All cookies are $5 a box, except for the Girl Scout S’mores and Toffee-tastics, which are $6.

“Nearly 700,000 girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program nationwide. Girl Scouts can earn a variety of badges and awards to develop valuable business skills including Cookie Business badges, Financial Literacy badges, Cookie Entrepreneur Family pins and Entrepreneur badges,” according to a news release from Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons.

The scouts were set up in Herreid this past weekend, but plan to be at Prairie Market in Pollock on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon and from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 2, outside The Quencher in Hague, North Dakota. Of course, you can also purchase cookies by contacting any scout or leader during the annual sales period.

As important as the cookie sales are, there is much more to Girl Scouts, according to local troop leader Hilary Robey.

As of now, there are 17 local girls involved in Troop No. 50710, Robey said. This includes four levels of Girl Scouts: Daisies (kindergarten and first grades) , Brownies (grades 2 and 3), Juniors (grades 4 and 5) and Cadettes (grades 6-8). The nationwide program also has advanced levels including senior scouts (grades 9-10) and ambassador scouts (grades 11-12).

Robey said the local troop takes part in a variety of activities including trips to the Bismarck Zoo as well as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning opportunities. For each activity in which they participate, the scouts earn badges.

Robey said that any money the local troop raises through cookie sales or other fundraiser is used to help pay for the learning trips as well as the badges and sashes presented to the girls.

The scouts are also introduced to various cultures and traditions, Robey said.

For example, during Christmas, the scouts had a holiday party and made ornaments, while also learning about how different cultures celebrate.

One heritage in particular they learned about is Native American. The girls learned about the Medicine Wheel, why Native Americans don’t cut their hair, jingle dresses, pow-wows and more.

“Just a lot of different activities,” Robey said.

Up next, the troop leaders are planning a study of the French heritage with various activities, including making pasta. Also planned is some type of camping event during the summer months, Robey said.

Anyone interested in volunteering or signing their child up for Girl Scouts may do so online at SDhorizon.com or locally by contacting Robey at 605-824-8329; Fjeldheim at 605-230-1520; or additional troop leaders Lisa Rossow or Ashlee Cocher.

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