Whether you prefer the peanut butter and chocolaty Tagalongs or the classic taste of Thin Mints, the influx of Girl Scout cookies on the University of Dayton campus brings joy to many of the student customers and leaves others wondering where and how to get their hands on more.
The door-to-door cookie sales phase that brought Girl Scouts to the student neighborhood has ceased, but Girl Scouts of Western Ohio’s Director of regional sales Marcia Dowds said troops will continue selling cookies at nearby Kroger locations on weekends through March. Students can also use the “Find Cookies!” tool on girlscoutcookies.org to find the exact dates, times and locations of nearby cookie booths, Dowds said.
“We know a lot of college women were in Girl Scouts, and the college kids really seem to like the cookies,” she said.
Many UD students surely prove this to be true. Senior communication and psychology major and former Girl Scout Katherine Hyatt-Hawkins can still recite every word of the Girl Scout Pledge she memorized a decade ago, and hasn’t lost her love of Tagalongs and Shortbreads, she said.
Although Girl Scout cookies are largely popular among UD students like Hyatt-Hawkins, the office of Student Life and Kennedy Union denied Girl Scouts permission to sell cookies from locations on campus property because they aren’t affiliated with UD, said Kaylie Jasensky, a sophomore international studies major who works in SLKU.
According to SLKU policy, only organizations and groups that are affiliated with UD have access to these marketing resources.
“If we opened it up for [Girl Scouts], we’d have to open it up for everyone,” Jasensky said.
Despite this barrier, Girl Scout troops in the Montgomery County area garnered many happy UD customers by selling door-to-door. Perhaps no student takes Girl Scout Cookies as seriously as senior electric engineering major Jarred Huey.
“Yesterday, I woke up at 1:30 in the afternoon and [my roommate John Malone] and I, who were both upstairs, heard the doorbell ring,” he said. “My [other roommate] Al was downstairs and we heard him open the door and talk to someone. When we came downstairs, Al was like, ‘It was just a couple Girl Scouts. I told them we didn’t want anything.’
Huey said he and Malone were “freaked out” and hurried to grab some cash and run after the young cookie mongers.
“We really fast collected all the cash we had in the house then ran out and sprinted down the street after these little eight-year-old girls in the freezing cold in just shorts and T-shirts,” Huey said. “Came back with a box of Tagalongs. Smashed a sleeve of ‘em as soon as I got home.”
For more information on Girls Scouts or Girl Scout cookies, visit girlscouts.org.