Local Girl Scouts Julia Crowley and Audrey Hetherington-Young recently earned recognition as members of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts 500 Club.
The distinction is reserved for girls who sell 500 or more boxes of cookies during the annual December-to-March sale.
Crowley sold 661 packages of cookies while Hetherington-Young sold 663 packages.
Despite an average cookie season temperature of 29.9 degrees and 56.4 inches of snow, the Andover girls were among the 227 from the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts council footprint to achieve this level of cookie sales success.
This year, a total of 24,460 Girl Scouts from 2,729 troops sold 2,322,407 packages of cookies. Girl Scouts in eastern Massachusetts also sold 15,540 packages through the council’s Cookies for a Cause initiative, in which cookies are purchased by the public for donation to military troops serving overseas, organizations aiding wounded military veterans, food pantries and other local initiatives.
The two local girls were included in springtime ceremonies held at Girl Scout Camp Wind-in-the Pines in Plymouth and Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham. Inductees into the 500 Club received recognition in front of their friends and family as well as certificates marking their accomplishment, and some enticing incentives — including everything from Girl Scout-themed jewelry to Xboxes — for their sales prowess.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts serves nearly 40,000 girls in kindergarten through grade 12 and engages 17,000 adult volunteers in 178 communities across the region with the mission to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.