LAWTON, OK (TNN) -At just 9 years old, Lauren decided to make selling cookies her biggest priority. On Presidents day while kids were out of school, she still pulled her cookie wagon around town braving the cold to work toward her goal.
“My personal Goal? 600 Boxes,” said Lauren Mercer.
The Mercer family is brand new to the girl scout cookie game but the opportunities it has presented to Lauren made the decision to join Troop 3029 an easy one.
“Girl Scout Cookie Season has totally sold me on Girl Scouts in general. They do a lot of great community projects , the girls are excited to push them their fall product. They are doing a lot of community service,” said Monika Mercer.
It’s more than just selling cookies for Lauren. Since joining the girl scouts, she has learned a variety of new life skills.
“Gained some camping skills. How to build a fire out of fresh fire wood. I’ve learned team work and definitely that two heads are better than one. Sometimes it’s cold but you just got to get out there and have some fun with it," said Lauren Mercer.
Being Lauren's first year as a girl scout, selling 600 boxes is a lofty goal. Choosing that high of a number shows determination and that comes as no surprise to her mom.
“My daughter has a goal to attend the horse riding camp this summer, and whatever it takes. It builds character, shine or rain we’re out here selling cookies," said Monika Mercer.
At the end of the day, I asked Lauren if being a part of the girl scouts has helped her build confidence and determination, despite people sometimes declining to buy her cookies. Her answer was short and sweet, qualities that fit Lauren to a tee.
“Yeah, definitely," said Lauren.
If you want to help Lauren reach her goal of 600 boxes, you can find her at the Walmart on Sheridan Friday, or at Lowe’s on Saturday and Sunday, or find her troop on Facebook.