It’s Girl Scout cookie time in East Tennessee. When that girl comes to your door, please be nice. You don’t have to buy the cookies, just don’t be rude and hateful. You would not believe the awful things that people will say to Girl Scouts trying to sell cookies. You’re on a diet and have no need for the cookies? Most troops are also collecting boxes of cookies for community organizations. Just order the boxes you want to donate and pay for them in February. The Girl Scout troop will deliver the cookies to a needy place. Our troop is collecting cookies for Ronald McDonald House. Our troop is older girls and this usually elicits some negative comments from people who think scouting is only for cute little Brownies. Older girls need friends too. Teens who are active in organized activities are healthier, happier and safer. Think of it as what girls do before sororities. The cost of the cookies is the main complaint the girls hear. No, they are not a bargain. They are a fundraiser. That money pays for council staff, the camp’s maintenance and scout activities. Last year our troop used their cookie profits to have a sleepover at the Knoxville Zoo. It was fun, educational and something that most of us would never have done if it weren’t for Girl Scouts and the cookie sale. The next time a Girl Scout asks you if you want to buy some cookies, ask her what her troop is going to do with their profits.