Local Girl Scout sells 1,500 boxes of Girl Scout cookies

The average Girl Scout sells 159 boxes of cookies each season, but last year, Kayla Walsh sold nine times that many.

Kayla Walsh sold 1,500 boxes of Girl Scout cookies last year and hopes to sell 2,000 this year. Photo by Elizabeth Sias

Kayla Walsh sold 1,500 boxes of Girl Scout cookies last year and hopes to sell 2,000 this year. Photo by Elizabeth Sias

The 11-year-old Cambridge girl has a goal of selling 2,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies this year, up from the 1,500 she sold last year—the most out of any Junior in Isanti County.

Her strategy? Every day after school, Kayla sells cookies door-to-door with the help of her parents and grandparents.

“I like getting out there to exercise and talk to people,” said Kayla, a cadette in troop 16037.

The cookie-selling season runs Feb. 2 through March 17 this year. So far, Kayla has sold more than 200 boxes.

“It’s kind of slow,” Kayla’s mother Jolene Walsh said. “It’s hard trying to build up her customer base. Some of them know she sells cookies so they wait for her. Some people aren’t buying because they went up 50 cents a box.”

A box of Girl Scout cookies is $4 this year, up from $3.50 last year.

At 1,500 boxes sold last year, Kayla was the 53rd highest seller out of 35,000 girls in the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys.

She wants to sell 2,000 in hopes of winning a laptop. Last year she won four Valleyfair tickets and a Nook.

As for Kayla’s favorite Girl Scout cookie? She can’t pick just one.

“Samoas, Thin Mints and Tagalongs,” she said.

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