Karli Gregg has been selling Girl Scout cookies for a while now. In fact, you can consider her a pro.
The 13-year-old is a seventh-grader at Burns Flat-Dill City schools has been in Girls Scouts for about 9 years.
Last year, the cookie selling got shut down because of COVID-19, but Karli still sold about 1,800 boxes. The year before that, she set her personal-best record with 2,153 boxes sold. That volume has made her the area’s top cookie seller, Tiffany Gregg said.
The more boxes a girl scout sells, the better their chances are of earning a cool prize, which could include a paid trip to camps or even Disney for the very top-sellers.
Karli enjoys the process.
“I like learning how to sell, and meeting new people,” Karli said.
Karli likes to try to go above and beyond in selling.
“If people don’t want to like buy girl scout cookies, they can use our ‘Donate to the Military” (program), or I do something separate where you can donate to Police, Fire and Ambulance, or like other causes, and donate girl scout cookies.”
The Girl Scout program is called Troop to Troops, where each donated box goes into a military care package,” Canute Troop 944 leader and Karli’s mom Tiffany Gregg said. “Our troop has donated several hundred boxes each year, and that’s a couple of hundred boxes of care packages to soldiers.”
Karli collects donations for the Troop to Troops program, but she also her own Hometown Hero program, which she started several years ago because her uncle is a fireman.
“So it stays local. We’ve given to police, fire, EMS,” Tiffany Gregg said. “This year, she’s collecting for nurses. So that way we can give to local nurses who have been helping during this pandemic, just because it’s been so overwhelming for anyone in the medical field.”
They collect more than just cookies, too – like water and other things to distribute to emergency personnel in need.
COVID-19 protocols and this most recent extreme weather has made it tough to sell this year. And the scouts received their cookies later than usual this year, Tiffany Gregg said, which all adds up.
“But we still have a lot of weekends to sell,” Tiffany Gregg said.
Besides selling cookies and being a Girl Scout, Karli is a cheerleader and likes school, especially science. She also has two dogs, Winston and Marlie, and two guinea pigs.
Last year, Karli earned her community service bar by throwing a Valentine’s Day party at the veteran’s home in Clinton, she said.
“So last year she collected box of cookies for each veteran at the home. And we went up there during the afternoon and we played bingo. We’ve pinned all the veterans with flags and played games and had tons of food and spent the afternoon up there,” Tiffany Gregg said.
The bummer about COVID-19 is that’s the one place the scouts haven’t been able to visit again this year, she added.
To order cookies this year, people have the choice to buy directly from the scouts at events or from their booths at places like Wal-Mart. They can also order online and have them shipped, donate them, or get them delivered in person for local orders. They follow safety guidelines with contactless delivery and porch drop offs.
The online link is: https://digitalcookie.girlscouts.org/scout/karli142643