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Utah Girl Scouts sold 1.6 million boxes of cookies this year
Annual event » Willard girl is top seller again with 5,166 boxes.

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That means the group will be going to Costa Rica in July.

Nationally, the cookie program has exploded since the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Okla., held a bake sale in the high school cafeteria in December 1917. Girl Scouts of the USA now brings in $760 million in cookie sales.

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"You think of it as just a money-earning project, but actually they get so many other things out of it," Shelley Snyder says. "They learn financial skills and social skills and how to set goals. Girl Scouts has really set it up as a program for them, a teaching thing they can take with them their whole lives."

In Willard, Maya Moody also likes how selling cookies has benefitted her and her friends.

She says they’ve been able to go to a pottery studio and an arcade with race cars and mini-golf.

Last year Maya and her cousin used "cookie credits" from last year’s sales to go to Trefoil Ranch, a Girl Scout camp in Provo Canyon named after Maya’s favorite cookie.

There, Maya — who says she wants to be a veterinarian — took care of beautiful horses.


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