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Indian Trails Girl Scouts win free program with cookie sales

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FORT DRUM — About 175 Girl Scouts from 14 troops with the Indian Trails service unit of the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways will be rewarded for nearly doubling the number of boxes of cookies over their total last year.

In the most recent cookie season, girls sold 24,885 boxes, with Thin Mints and Samoas being the most popular, compared with the 12,819 boxes they sold in the 2012 season.

Because of their success, those girls will be able to participate in a free program at a council camp.

“A lot of us were surprised with our cookie sales this year,” said Chel-ana J. Schupp, Indian Trails service unit manager. “Our girls usually only sell on post.”

While many soldiers were generous enough to purchase boxes, donations received from other people helped contribute to many boxes being purchased for Fort Drum troops overseas in Afghanistan and Iraq. Boxes were also donated to local food pantries.

Mrs. Schupp said while she’s ecstatic girls are being recognized for their efforts, they owe it to their military and civilian supporters for purchasing cookies and making cash donations.

The community’s generosity, she said, helped the girls win free programming at camp.

She said girls may choose which camp to go to: either Camp Trefoil in Harrisville or the Comstock Program Center, which is north of Ithaca. Details of the award are being worked out between the council and service unit, but Mrs. Schupp said she hopes to have plans finalized by the summer’s end.

Many girls from military families often feel a sense of home in the Girl Scouts because, no matter where they move, they always will find consistency in the organization, she said.

“They all can relate to one another,” Mrs. Schupp said. “It’s one of the unique things about a military Girl Scout unit. Girl Scouts provides girls with an opportunity to explore culture, especially in a military community. We come from all over.”

Aside from being focused on the cookie sales, Mrs. Schupp said, the girls become involved in community service projects.

The Indian Trails service unit, other units and the public are invited to camping open houses May 5 at the Comstock Program Center and May 19 at Camp Trefoil. According to a Girl Scouts statement, girls entering second through 12th grades in the fall are eligible to participate. Girls do not need to be Girl Scouts to attend.

Girls who would like to attend a camp open house event must register by Monday.

More information can be found on the council’s website, www.gsnypenn.org.

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