Girl Scout cookies just an app away

Area organization has own locator for local troops’ sales

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The Girl Scout Cookie Locator app

The free application can be downloaded by calling GSCookies (472665437) from your mobile phone or by searching “Cookie locator” in the iTunes store or Android Marketplace.

For those without mobile technology, local booth information is also

available through the Cookie Locator on the organization's website.

Girl Scout Cookie Fun Facts

• Little Brownie bakes more than 4,500,000 Thin Mints Girl Scout Cookies a day during peak baking times.

• After exiting the oven, Thin Mints travel 300 feet on a conveyer belt to cool before being coated in chocolate.

• Samoas are the second most popular cookie next to Thin Mints.

• Do-si-dos and Tagalongs take 230,000 pounds of peanut butter a week.

• Girl Scout Cookies had their earliest beginnings in the kitchens and ovens of the girl members, with mothers volunteering as technical advisers.

• The first Girl Scout Cookies were sold door to door for 25 to 35 cents per dozen.

Got Thin Mints? There’s an app for that.

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington have entered the world of the smart phone with its new Girl Scout Cookie Locator app from The Kellogg Company.

No more waiting and hoping for the doorbell to ring to get your favorite box of cookies. Now you can locate the nearest Girl Scout cookie booth through GPS or by ZIP code, city or state and share the results with your friends or automatically add it to your calendar.

Even if you live on the outskirts of the county you can find the site of the nearest box of Girl Scout cookies in seconds. The app lists the locations as well as the times they will be sold. The booth locations, doled out by lottery to the troops, have all been decided so you can begin now and get an alert when the cookie sales start. Booth sales only last three weeks beginning Feb. 18. Need directions? Click on the listing to see a map of the location.

The app includes some fun features as well. You can find out your cookie personality and share with others on Facebook, Twitter and via e-mail. There is nutritional information: four Thin Mints equals 160 calories, two Samoas, 140 calories.

“Girl Scouts is about leadership and I love that the girls can use the latest technologies,” said Michelle Clinch, director of communications for the Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Not something Juliette Low would have imagined in 1917 — the first date on record of Girl Scout cookie sales in Muskogee, Okla., when Scouts in the Mistletoe Troop baked cookies and sold them in their high school cafeteria as a service project.

Money earned from cookie sales — $4 a box — goes to local troops for trips or activities as well as financial assistance if needed. It costs about $300 a year to support one girl in the scouting program. One in three girls needs financial assistance to be in Scouts and the Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington.