New crop of Scouts continue tradition

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January 18, 2012 - 12:00 AM

For almost 100 years, Girl Scouts have sold cookies to raise funds. This year’s kickoff is Saturday when area girls will sell the famous treats.

The worldwide organization’s 100th birthday is March 12. 

Scouts have been knocking on doors selling Thin Mints, Shortbread and Peanut Butter Patties and the like since 1917 to raise funds for service and action projects. Prior to 1936, Scouts made the cookies they sold. When sales increased they began using commercial bakers.

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