It's Girl Scout cookie time


It's cookie time for the Girl Scouts, and local troops are again selling cookies from tables at Walmart and Lowe's for people who need their fix.

Girl Scout cookies are a staple for many during the yearly sales window from January through March.

Fort Stockton has three troops, Brownie Troop 36321, Junior Troop 36432 and Senior Troop 36188.

There is a big gap between groups, the youngest being second and third grade, middle is fourth and fifth grade and the senior group is ninth and 10th grade.

So far only 15 girls are in the Fort Stockton Girl Scouts but organizers say the club has room for a lot more – and hope that other girls want to get involved.

“We're very small,” said Troop Leader Laura Ontiveros.

While they are small, the girls are hard at work selling cookies, already doing two re-orders and selling over 1,000 cookies in Fort Stockton with about a month left to go.

Ontiveros said that the girls learn five crucial skills during cookie sales.

They learn goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

The girls can earn badges for selling in the different categories like online, amount of cookies or if they get people to donate cookies to Share to Care.

The Share to Care program purchases cookies and sends them to the troops.

“They are gaining life skills,” said Ontiveros.

The cookies are $4 a box or $5 for the box of new gluten free cookies.

They can take cash, card or check. The Girl Scouts came out with a new card system so they are able to serve more people.

If for some reason they have cookies left over after March 8, they will try to get businesses or the oil field companies to buy in bulk so it doesn't come out of their pocket.

The money helps fund some of their girl experiences like trips or uniforms.

Each girl sets a cookie goal and they are rewarded with prizes from a book depending on how man they sell.

The girls are posting on social media, selling in front of stores, going to businesses and walking door to door.

“Walking door to door isn't as easy but the customers are surprised we are taking credit cards,” said Ontiveros.

On the weekend they are in front of Walmart from lunch to around 6 p.m. and Lowe's during the week but they aren't sure exactly what times since there isn't that many of them.