October 23, 2021

Taking treats to the street

Girl Scouts sell cookies at drive-through stand in Groton

Jamie Costa/staff reporter

Andy Kurtz of Groton buys a box of Girl Scout cookies Saturday from troop members Peyton and Chloe Conger along Main Street in Groton. The girls set up a cookie drive-through near the pavilion to maintain social distancing.

GROTON — Peyton, 9, and Chloe Conger, 16, braved near white-out conditions Saturday to sell Girl Scout cookies on Main Street at the start of National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend.

The girls and their mom, Angela Conger, waved at passers-by with their homemade, neon-print sign and gestured toward a foldout table stacked high with cookie boxes, advertised for $5.

Motorists and pedestrians sloshed through the snow to buy Thin Mints and Samoas -their most popular cookies.

Cash and credit cards were exchanged through car windows and mittened hands, customers eager for their first-of-the-year box of cookies.

“I don’t even like Girl Scout cookies,” said Andy Kurtz while laughing. “I’m just supporting the community.”

Though seven kinds of cookies were available, the retired Groton teacher opted for Thin Mints and Tagalongs for his family.

“We’ve only sold about a quarter of what we normally sell,” Angela Conger said. “We got our cookies Feb. 8 this year.”

The pandemic has made it difficult to sell door-to-door or set up outside of businesses, forcing the troops to get creative. For the Conger family, the brightly colored sign and festive snow gear stood out on a gray day.

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“I liked selling cookies better before COVID,” Peyton said. “We could talk to people, but there’s been a lot of people so far and most of them have dogs.”

The fourth-grader has been a Girl Scout since kindergarten and said although it’s been different this year, she’s still happy to sell cookies.

Girl Scouts earn prizes for sales. Sell 1,500 boxes, they’ll win a trip to broadway. Sell 2,000, they could win a hoverboard.

“They’ve dropped how many you have to sell because it’s been harder to sell with the pandemic,” Angela Conger said.