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Shaniya Rivera, 12, of Somers Point and Chloe Wagner, 13, of Northfield do a brisk business outside Tilton Market in Northfield Saturday for Girl Scout Troop 14514.

Suzanne Marino/Staff Writer

NORTHFIELD — It's cookie time, and Girl Scouts are selling cookies at shops and stands throughout the area.

Saturday Chloe Wagner and Shaniya Rivera of Northfield Troop 14514 set up a table outside Tilton Market here Saturday and were doing a brisk business as patrons assuaged their sweet tooth while helping the Scouts raise money for programs and learn how to be entrepreneurs.

Cookies and Girl Scouts have been synonymous for a century. According to girlscouts.org, Girl Scout cookies had its beginnings in the kitchens and ovens of members, with moms volunteering as technical advisers.

Selling cookies to finance troop activities began as early as 1917 — five years after Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouts in the United States — when the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and sold them in the high school cafeteria as a service project.

The cookies are sold for $4 a box and help fund troop camping trips, service projects and more.

The cookies include Thin Mints, S’mores, shortbread Trefoils, Lemonades, Caramel deLites, Tagalongs peanut butter patties, Do-Si-Dos peanut butter sandwich, Thanks-a-lot, and gluten-free Trios.

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