Friends, family, and Girl Scouts from Troops 242, 10624, and 10730 hiked The Volcanoes Trail at Petroglyph National Monument on Jan. 1, 2023 for the First Day Hike. (Courtesy photo)
Last year, Girl Scout Rio Rancho resident Lillie Parrot (10), was the top seller for all of central and northern New Mexico. “I sold 8,389 cookie boxes,” Parrot said.
Her goal was originally 6,000, but she surpassed that with sponsors and booths. This year she lowered her standards to about 1,000 because she wants to give other girls a chance to be the top seller.
The cookie season officially kicked off on Jan. 27 and is in motion until through March. They can be purchased by locating a booth or contacting a Girl Scout directly. The Girl Scouts have a new type of cookie that you put in a wet paper towel and then the microwave to bake it. They are also offering a new flavor called the Raspberry Rally.
But the organization is about more than cookies. One of the areas that Girl Scouts focus on is the outdoors and outdoor skills.
According to Christi Boomer, Parrot’s troop leader, friends, family and Girl Scouts from Troops 242, 10624 and 10730 hiked The Volcanoes Trail at Petroglyph National Monument on Jan. 1, 2023, for the First Day Hike.
This was the inaugural hike for the Desert Rose Hiking Club (SU152), which supports all Girl Scouts and Troops based in the Rio Rancho area. Parrot’s service unit in New Mexico covers Rio Rancho, Placitas and Bernalillo.
In addition to hikes with the club, Scouts are encouraged to hike with their troops, families and friends. Scouts can log their hikes that are longer than a half mile and earn incremental milestones. The club hopes to offer hikes on a monthly basis this year.