Girl Scout Cookie Sales Fall
Girl Scouts across the country are seeing lower numbers in the pre-order sales of their famous cookies.
Councils of scouts nationwide have reported sales declines as large as 19 percent, according to USA Today.
Though not all councils have seen sales drop, the figures are enough to concern supporters of the scouts.
Many longtime supporters are cutting back or eliminating their orders altogether in light of recent economic hardships.
Girl Scout cookie sales take place largely in the spring, with about a third of councils selling in the fall. Pre-order sales make up nearly 70 percent the overall cookie sales, with the remainder coming from shopping center booths.
Proceeds from cookie sales go to fund Girl Scout troops' community projects, trips, and scholarships.
Denise Pesich, vice president of communications for Girl Scouts of the USA, believes the troops can make up the deficit through booth sales.
"We're hopeful right now," Pesich told USA Today. "The country, when in situations like this, goes back to what's nostalgic and gives them pleasure."