While some people are getting their Thin Mints from the freezer, others in Richmond County are wondering where the Girl Scouts are.
A recent drop off in Girl Scout attendance and safety issues have prevented the green and blown clad girls from coming to your door.
“We’re not going door-to-door anymore because the world has gotten so crazy,” said Daniel Reep, husband of Hattie Reep, leader of Troop 80 of Hamlet, Richmond County’s only remaining Girl Scout troop.
The troop has eight girls, ranging from Daisies to Cadets. They are getting ready to finish up their cookie season, which runs from January to March.
“We barely have a case left and they are going very quickly,” said Reep. “We sell them outside of Walmart every weekend.”
Walmart is located in Rockingham at 720 U.S. 74 Business (East Broad Avenue).
You don’t see Girl Scouts coming to other businesses to sell their cookies, because according to Reep, no one else will let them.
“Walmart is the only one in the county that allows us to sell out front,” said Reep.
Reep said there is a general lack of interest in Girl Scouts, which has caused the decline in membership.
According to the Girl Scouts’ website, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Ga., on March 12, 1912, for a local Girl Scout meeting. She believed that all girls should be given the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually. With the goal of bringing girls out of isolated home environments and into community service and the open air, Girl Scouts hiked, played basketball, went on camping trips, learned how to tell time by the stars, and studied first aid.
Within a few years, Daisy’s dream for a girl-centered organization was realized. Today, Girl Scouts of the USA has a membership of more than 3.2 million girls and adults, a significant growth from its modest beginnings nearly a century ago. More than 59 million women in the U.S. today are Girl Scout alumnae.
While there are cookies left — just a few boxes — Reep said all the Thin Mints are sold out.
— Staff Writer Dawn M. Kurry can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 15, or by email at email@example.com.