Girl Scouts in Tigerton sell lots of cookies


Carol Wagner Leader Correspondent

Contributed Photo Girl Scout Troop 2229 got a lesson about the Red Cross recently. From left, front row, Ashley Awe, Emily Brown, Eliana Michaelis, Jayda Moenke, Hailey Erdmann, Danika Tiller, Mariah Kriegel, Faith Eckardt, and Myah Dent; back row, co-leader Amy Strehlow, Gene Willis, Red Cross preparedness leader Stacy Laatsch, Rae Ann Srehlow, Elizabeth Stueck, Arianna Haufe, Emily Rich, and co-leader Angela Carlson. Not pictured is Jade Wittchow.

It is Girl Scout Cookie time, and Troop 2229 in Tigerton last year sold over 5,000 boxes.

“Every year, we sell more and more boxes,” said troop co-leader Amy Strehlow.

Last year, they picked up their order in Clintonville with her fiance’s semi so that so many people didn’t have to use their vehicles. She said many people there thought it was the shipment coming into town.

“People were looking when we pulled in,” Strehlow said. “Now we’re going to do that every year. It works really well.”

She is co-leader with her sister, Angela Carlson. The members are mostly from Tigerton, but also from Clintonville, Marion, and Wittenberg. Carlson started the troop in 2012.

“I feel it gives the girls in Tigerton something to do and to look forward to,” Carlson said. “I never thought we would have this big of a troop in this small town.”

The troop uses the money they make from the cookie sale for their community service. They have cooked and served meals and made blankets for SAM’s House, made Christmas cookies to give away to those in need, and played bingo at a nursing home in Wittenberg.

“They get to choose what they want to do with the money,” Strehlow said.

Last year, they took a day trip to Chicago. They also use the money to go to the Girl Scout Camp, Camp Birch Trail, in Irma.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Strehlow said.

Their meetings are learning experiences. They had a Red Cross representative tell them about the Pillowcase Project where they were told what to put in their pillowcase in case of a disaster.

They learned how to make jewelry and at another made pottery. The troop has gone on tours of places of interest in the area.

Troop 2229 is a young troop with daisies, which are ages kindergarten through first grade; brownies, second and third grade; juniors, fourth and fifth grade; and cadets, sixth and seventh grade. If the girls stay with it they can be seniors and ambassadors.

The sisters were both in Girl Scouts and support the girls in their troop.

“It helps the girls with leadership skills,” Strehlow said. “We try to teach the girls to express themselves and that they can do anything.”

They are also very grateful for the members parents who support the troop.

“Without the parents we wouldn’t be able to do a lot of the stuff we do,” Strehlow said.

The troop meets the second and fourth Sunday of each month at the Tigerton Elementary School at 6 p.m.

Cookie sales are in full swing until Feb. 4. To order cookies or for more information, call Strehlow at 715-562-0222 or Carlson at 715-851-2498.