Cookie season keeps Girl Scouts busy

Troop 59 sisters talk about their experiences with the organization

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Sisters Tessa and Diana Baker have been Girl Scouts in Highlands Ranch for about 10 years.

One year apart, the siblings are both in Troop 59, which has Scouts from both Highlands Ranch and Lone Tree.

The two are extra busy this time of year with one of the season's most anticipated events: cookie sales.

“It's really fun because we learn a lot of life skills,” said Diana, 13.

There are 62 troops and about 400 Girl Scouts in Highlands Ranch, a spokeswoman for the organization said. Last year, about 35,000 packages of cookies were sold by these Scouts, she said.

From a woman tipping $100 to people ordering entire cases of cookie boxes, the sisters have had some memorable experiences while working on their salesmanship.

This year, Colorado is offering a new cookie called “Lemon-Ups” that feature Girl Scout mottos on the top. The phrases, which are meant to lift the eater's spirits, say things like “I'm a leader” and “I'm a go-getter,” Diana said.

While the two learn skills in areas like sales and business through this program, their favorite part about being Girl Scouts is all the camping they get to do, they said.

“In the summer we are going to Texas,” Diana said. “Not a lot of people can travel in big groups like that.”

In the past, they've gone ice climbing, backpacking, snow shoeing and even rappelling off a 100-foot cliff with their troop.

“It's definitely risk-taking and we overcome our fears of heights and things like that,” said Tessa, 14.

In recent months, the girls and their troop completed the qualifications for a Silver Award, which is the second highest accommodation in the organization, after the Gold Award.

They fundraised to purchase shorter basketball hoops for students with limited physical mobility who are unable to reach a full-sized basket, Tessa said. The girls saw that the schools were using trash cans as hoops for these students and felt this sent the wrong message to the athletes and spectators, said Tiffany Baker, the girls' mom.

They accomplished the goal for both ThunderRidge High School and Castle View High School.

As cookie season gets close to wrapping up March 8, the girls are getting excited for their next big adventures with the Girl Scouts.

“Being a Girl Scout means being a go-getter, an innovator, a risk-taker and a leader,” Diana said. “or GIRL.”

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