Payson Police Records Clerk Jill Van Camp had only had her box of Thin Mints for a few minutes and mysteriously, half the box was already gone. Similar strange occurrences of cookie disappearances were reported all over the police department Friday shortly after a group of Daisies delivered boxes of Girl Scout cookies.
But maybe it’s not such mystery, given the undeniable goodness of that cookie treat that comes around once a year.
“I have been waiting all day,” Van Camp said. “I have not eaten anything all day because there is truly nothing better for lunch than cookies.”
The three top sellers of Daisy troop 1288 dropped off two dozen boxes of cookies Friday at the police station, just one of the many stops on their route. Rebekah Rice, 5, has sold nearly 800 boxes, Breana Moores, 6, sold 500 and Amanda Branch, 5, more than 600 all in a month’s time.
The girls selling skills have astounded troop leader Monica Enriquez.
“We have 16 girls in the troop and our goal was 500,” she said. “Now we are up to 2,600 boxes.”
The troop will be rewarded for their selling efforts with a visit to a water park and Diamondbacks game.
This is the first time in Girl Scout history that Daisies, the youngest group of Scouts, have sold cookies. The honor was formerly reserved only for Brownies and older participants.
Amanda, whose favorite cookie is Dulce de Leche, said she sold mainly to her friends and her parents’ friends.
Rebekah’s mother Tami Rice said Rebekah set a goal of 500 boxes, but once that was met, she kept setting new ones until she had sold almost 800 boxes. With so many cookies sold, Rice had the daunting task of sorting and organizing the boxes for delivery.
“We got the cookies Tuesday and it took six hours to sort,” she said.
Enriquez plans to deliver 40 boxes of cookies Monday to Walmart employees working the overnight shift.
If you missed the opportunity to place a cookie order, all hope is not lost. Several Brownies will sell boxes in front Safeway and Walmart through March 15 and if you miss the cookie booths, call neighborhood cookie manager Rhonda Evans at (928) 474-0653.