Girl Scout cookies go on sale Friday, and Scouts all over the New Orleans metro area gathered for cookie rallies last week to collect supplies, hear sales tips and safety rules, play games and, of course, taste-test this year’s cookies. From left, Brownie Scout Georgia Jacobson, 7, and Ellie Karcher, Kerri Rose and Savannah Fields, all 9, of Troop 40766, attended a rally at St. Pius X Elementary School in Lake Vista on Friday. The troop will use this year’s cookie money to go on a camping trip, and will donate some cookies to Covenant House. The girls, seasoned cookie salespeople, answered a few questions at the rally.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT BEING IN GIRL SCOUTS, AND HAVE YOU EARNED ANY BADGES? Ellie: I like going camping, and I like Scouting events that help others and animals. ... I earned a badge for helping the environment. I decided to help the sea turtles when I saw them covered in oil from the BP oil leak. I had a lemonade sale in front of my house and raised almost $300 for the sea turtles. Kerri: We just earned the Social Butterfly badge. I earned it by learning about manners. We learned how to make nice thank you notes, ... how to include everyone and not to be disappointed about any gift.

THERE ARE EIGHT KINDS OF COOKIES FOR SALE THIS YEAR. WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE? Kerri: Thin Mints. I love the chocolatey taste. Savannah: My favorite cookie is the Savannah Smiles. They’re my favorite because that’s my name!

WHAT IS THE SECRET TO SELLING LOTS OF COOKIES? Savannah: Have good salesmanship. Be polite and know how to answer questions about what you’re selling. Ellie: I do puppy-dog eyes at my grandmother. Kerri: I recommend always smiling.Georgia: I ask people a million times.

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