It's a problem even the most successful Girl Scout faces. Too often, the crowds at the cookie booths are thinner than a Thin Mint.
"It doesn't bring me down," said Kelli Macauley, 11, of St. Petersburg, who sold 650 boxes last year and is among the top earners for Troop 987. "It's just like, we're not going to go there next year."
This cookie season, there's an app for that.
The Girls Scouts this week unveiled a free, downloadable tool for iPhones and Android devices that guides cookie buyers to their neighborhood cookie booth. Using GPS or ZIP codes, the app provides dates and times and locations for when the cookie booths are near you.
The app can be downloaded in the iPhone App Store or Android Market Place or by calling **GSCookies (**472665437) from a mobile phone.
The cookie booths open Feb. 25 and run through March 20.
"Girl Scouts want to be where people are," said Susan Barnes, a spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. "We're thinking that this is going to have a very positive impact for us."
There has been a cookie booth locator at gswcf.org since 2009 — and last year nearly 10,000 people used it.
Cookie sales provide operational budgets for local troops. Last year, Girl Scouts in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sumter counties raised more than $1 million.