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Indulgence Time: Girl Scout cookies arrive

Cherlynn Roush, left, and Dale Simpson help to load Girl Scout cookies into the back of a truck Wednesday afternoon. Nearly 15,000 boxes of cookies were distributed.

The Move Rite van parked outside Central Christian Church Wednesday afternoon drew a lot of attention — a whole lot of attention.

And it wasn’t surprising: Inside its cargo bay were 1,181 cases (that’s 14,172 boxes) of Girl Scout cookies.

Kerry Simpson, troop leader for Girl Scout Troop 959 at Rock Hill Elementary School, waited at the back of the truck for the 1,700 boxes her 15 young ladies had ordered.

What sells best?

“Peanut butter patties and the caramel delight (cookie),” Simpson said.

As Simpson waited for her order, Carrie Watson, trooper leader of Girl Scout Troop 900 at Symmes Valley Elementary School, pulled away in a sport utility vehicle filled with 2,244 boxes of cookies.

Like Simpson, Watson said the caramel delight cookie is the most popular. Watson said 10 of her 12 Scouts accounted for the huge order.

“We had two who joined (the troop) the week before (the order drive) and they didn’t sell any,” Watson said.

If you do the math, those 10 scouts are responsible for more than 200 boxes of goodies.

Volunteer Dee Rath said while it all seems like fun, the Scouts are learning now the secret of success later in life.

“They’re learning how to be businesswomen, setting and achieving goals and a lot of the organizational things that go into it,” Rath said.

If you missed the order drive, Rath said the mint patties and shortbread cookies and Samoans are still available at cookie booths, through any Girl Scout troop, online at www.girlscoutcookies.org or by calling the Girl Scouts of America office in Ashland, Ky., at (606) 325-2111.