EVANSTON — Local Brownie Raylee Davis sold 1,178 boxes of Girl Scout cookies this past season, earning a spot as one of the top 100 cookie entrepreneurs in the Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming (GSMW).
One of the ways in which Raylee earned her success was by providing a way for people to donate cookies to the Evanston Police Department and the Evanston Fire Department.
According to Raylee’s mother, Christa Davis, many people want to support their local Girl Scout troops but are not actually interested in eating the cookies themselves.
“Everyone was so good when they saw that it was for the fire department and the police department,” Christa said. “People would donate … so that we could take cookies [to them].
Raylee is 8 years old and a member of Troop 1031. She is one of 26 girls in Evanston who participated in selling cookies this year, and she was recognized for making the most sales of anyone in her unit. Raylee and her mom have been involved with the Girl Scouts organization for three years so far, and they both intend to remain involved until Raylee is finished with high school.
Brownie Troop 1031 raised an estimated $2,100 as a result of its sales, Christa said. This money will be contributed to the Evanston unit as a whole, which will use the money for supplies such as a pop-up canopy and new color guard flags. The four Girl Scout troops in the Evanston unit sold a total of 8,992 boxes of cookies and raised $4,906.
The pre-orders began in mid-February, and the bulk of the sales took place in March. The end of the selling season was April 15.
As an award for her hard work, Raylee was given free admission to the Wild Iron Chef Camp at Camp Open Door (near Jackson). The camp took place over the last weekend in June.
“We learned how to cook, and we competed, and we won an award for spiciness,” Raylee said.
While Raylee admitted that selling cookies can be really hard work, she also said that the rewards made it worth it. Christa also credited the Girl Scouts organization with teaching Raylee important life skills.
“I’m just thankful for everybody that supports the Girl Scouts and has helped make these past three years successful,” she said.