Thin Mints, anyone? Girl Scouts pick up cookies by the case at 'mega drop'

Harper Ho
York Dispatch

The COVID-19 pandemic upended numerous traditions in the past year, but fulfilling Girl Scout cookie orders hasn't been one of them.

"Girls Scouts are all about traditions. That's what we do," said spokesperson Jess Delp. "So even though we have to adapt to the world and safety, it's important to keep those traditions alive while being safe."

About 200 York County area Girl Scout troops converged Saturday in Springettsbury Township at their annual "mega drop" cookie pick up.

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About 10,000 cases of Girl Scout cookies were distributed drive-thru style at the York Water Co.’s distribution warehouse, located at 1801 Mount Rose Ave.

This is the third consecutive year that York Water Co. has hosted the all-day event with the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania — which is a regional Girl Scout council serving 30 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Several dozen volunteers braved the cold and assisted with distribution, which consisted of various cookie pickup stations with masks and social distancing protocols in place.

Meilynn Poletti, 15, was among the volunteers who helped Saturday alongside fellow Girl Scouts. 

Juliette Girl Scout Destiny Brewer of Lancaster loads Girl Scout cookies into a truck during the annual Mega Drop cookie distribution at York Water Company's warehouse on Mt. Rose Avenue Saturday, March 6, 2021. About 10,000 cases, containing a dozen boxes of cookies each, were picked up to be distributed to over 200 troops. Juliette scouts are not affiliated with a particular troop. Bill Kalina photo Bill Kalina photo

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"We're hoping (sales will be) pretty good. We have a few booths we're excited for," Poletti said. 

Poletti said one change that's happened because of COVID-19 is that some of the popular selling spots aren't available to the Girl Scouts this year.

"A lot of these stores that we usually sell at aren't allowing us to sell there any more, which can be difficult," she said. 

Delp said four Girl Scout mega drops happened Saturday, with York County being the biggest distribution site among the council's State College, Scranton and Harrisburg areas. 

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She said about 30,000 cases were distributed total across all four sites.

"It's interesting because last year when we did mega drop, it was three days later that the state shut down," Delp said. "This year our numbers are a little lower because we're trying to be a little more conservative with what we have on hand in terms of cookies."

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Delp said Thin Mints are always a hit, making up 30% of sales. This year's cookie sale ends April 11.

The mega drop also included a visit from the Rig-a-Toni food truck, which is owned by Tutoni’s in York City, and the Girl Scouts will receive 10% of food truck sales.