The cookies have been sold, the packages have been counted and Girl Scouts of South Carolina Mountains to Midlands has named Greer resident Ainsley Smith as the top-selling Girl Scout in 22 counties.
Smith, an 11-year-old and rising sixth grader at First Presbyterian Academy, sold 3,120 boxes. Smith initially won a trip to the Girl Scouts conference, G.I.R.L. 2020, because she sold at least 3,000 cookie packages, but that was canceled due to COVID-19.
“I’ve been in Scouts for two years,” she said. “I’ve been in juniors, but I just became a cadet. I sold as many as I did because I wanted to go the G.I.R.L. 2020 conference in Orlando, Florida. Then it got canceled because the world got shut down.”
Since G.I.R.L. 2020 could not happen as planned, the girls who sold at least 3,000 boxes were able to choose alternative prizes. Smith chose a 3-D printer and is currently awaiting its arrival.
“We are going to use it to make little plastic figures of places like the Eiffel Tower,” Smith said.
In addition to working toward a prize, Smith said she learned a lot about business throughout the Girl Scout Cookie season.
“It takes a lot of hard work, and you have to stick to it,” said Smith. “We did cookie booths like every single day. My family also helped out with selling cookies. I am going to go for 4,500 cookie boxes for next year.”
Following the close of cookie sales, Smith’s Girl Scout troop is going to donate their proceeds to Izzie’s Pond, a local nonprofit organization that provides rescue, rehabilitation and refuge for injured or orphaned waterfowl, wildlife and farm animals.
By the numbers:
- 1,616,148 boxes of cookies across the 22 counties in the mountains to midlands region
- 27,701 packages donated to hometown heroes, which includes essential workers such as first responders and grocery store workers
- 5,139 Girl Scouts participated
- $4 per box of cookies
- 3,120 boxes sold by Ainsley Smith
- 22 South Carolina counties