On San Juan Island, locals don’t go to the Girl Scout cookies, the cookies come to them.
Brooklyn Carroll, a 10-year-old Junior Girl Scout from off the island, will set up shop outside Friday Harbor Drug from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 3.
This is the second time Brooklyn, of Des Moines, Washington, will sell cookies on San Juan when visiting her family’s vacation home. Last year, her mother Jill Carroll noticed local interest in the Girl Scouts’ Thin Mints to Samoas so she set up a booth.
“People seemed really happy to see us,” said Jill. “There was a great turnout.”
One reason for the high demand, is the islands’ short supply. According to a representative of the Girl Scouts of Western Washington, there is only one locally registered Girl Scout, who can still earn badges, but is not affiliated with a troop. She could not be reached to find out her cookie sale dates. The county’s last Girl Scout troop, based on Orcas Island, disbanded in 2017 after members graduated high school.
Last year, Brooklyn made half of her sales manning her San Juan cookie booth by moving roughly 200 boxes.
A percentage of those sales, said Jill, went towards the troop’s local animal shelter and another nonprofit, which has yet to be determined, will benefit this year.
Jill said she’s been visiting San Juan Island her entire life, and was even married on the island 13 years ago. Her parents bought a San Juan home about eight years ago so the family could enjoy island life together.
“The island has always been a special place for us,” said Jill.
For Brooklyn, the best part about Girl Scouts isn’t making money, but friends; plus the Girl Scout S’mores – she loves chocolate and marshmallow.