Girl Scouts in the region will be ringing in the New Year by putting their entrepreneurial and leadership skills to work through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Girls will begin taking orders for these ‘cookies with a mission’ on January 11 and continue through January 26. After the initial order-taking, cookies will be available at area booths beginning February 21.

The cost of the cookies will remain $3.50 per box, with proceeds supporting local Girl Scout troops and programs for the girls. There are eight flavors to choose from: Do-si-Dos, Dulce de Leche, Samoas, Tagalongs, Thank You Berry Munch, Thin Mints, Trefoils, and Savannah Smiles, giving cookie lovers everywhere a great selection to choose from in feeding that sweet tooth. As in previous years, Girl Scout cookies remain trans fat free.

The Cookie Program is an important part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and builds five essential life skills in girls: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills, and Business Ethics. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the world, generating $790 million in annual sales. With their Girl Scout Cookie Program earnings, girls fund important community projects on a local level, and work together as a team to make a real impact in their communities. The Girl Scout Cookie Program has long been a cherished tradition for girls and volunteers. As early as the 1930s, Girl Scouts were selling commercially-baked cookies in that now-famous Trefoil shape.

And for individuals who are not cookie fans, or perhaps watching their waistlines, there is the Gift of Caring Program, which allows consumers to donate to U.S. military members by purchasing Girl Scout Cookies and the Girl Scouts – Diamonds Council bakers, Little Brownie Bakers, will coordinate the shipment of donated cookies to approved military bases.

For more information on purchasing cookies, contact the local Girl Scout office at (800) 632-6894, or visit