Six-year-old Kelsey Edmonds, a member of Brownie Troop 144, said she already has planned her business strategy for selling Girl Scout cookies.
Abby Quick, 8, a Brownie Girl Scout in Troop 319, hits a hole-in-one at Putt Putt Golf and Games. She visited the course Saturday as part of the Girl Scout Lakeside Service Unit's rally to prepare for cookie season. The girls learned about salesmanship and safety.
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"I'm going to yell out, 'Buy some cookies, buy some cookies!'" she said excitedly.
The Girl Scout Lakeside Service Unit, which is made up of 30 troops in Columbia County, held its annual cookie-sale kickoff and Polar Putt Putt event Saturday afternoon at Putt Putt Golf and Games in Martinez.
More than 100 girls and their parents participated in the event, which rallied Girl Scouts about selling cookies.
"We're teaching the girls about safety, selling techniques, the product they will be selling and actual cookies," said Evelyn Holland, the leader of Junior Troop 151, who organized the event.
Brown said the training the Girl Scouts received will be instrumental to them when they begin going door to door soliciting cookie sale orders Saturday - the official cookie sale start date.
In addition to the training, the Girl Scouts had the opportunity to make posters for crafts and cookie selling.
Carly Crow, 9, said she enjoyed all of the activities the event offered, especially the safety training.
"I'm glad we had the safety class because (we need to know how to protect ourselves) from people who might try to grab us and steal our cookies," said Carly, who is a Brownie in Troop 161.
Erin McClenbis, 16, a member of Senior Troop 247, said she was glad she volunteered her time for the cause.
"I'm glad I was here today because it's good for the younger girls to see some of the older girls as senior Scouts," she said. "It shows them that Girl Scouts is not just fun when you're younger, but it's even better as you get older."
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