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Girl Scouts selling cookies again

The Albany headquarters for the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia is located at 515 Pine Ave. (Staff photo: Laura Williams)

The Albany headquarters for the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia is located at 515 Pine Ave. (Staff photo: Laura Williams)

ALBANY — Taste buds will soon get a delicious treat, but not from Valentine’s candy in the stores. Starting this week, Girl Scout cookies are available for purchase as the national organization begins its annual fundraiser.

Now in its 97th year, the Girl Scout Cookie Program is an American tradition as familiar as apple pie. But the purpose of the fundraiser constitutes much more than just raising money.

First and foremost, Girl Scouts of the USA is a leadership development organization for girls and boasts more than 3 million members worldwide. One of the missions of the Girl Scouts is to help girls develop confidence, courage, and character, thus making their own contributions toward making the world a better place.

Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls learn business and leadership skills as well as develop confidence as they interact with community members looking for their favorite cookies. These are classified in five essential skills: Goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

Cookies are available at the Albany headquarters. Girl Scouts will be selling them in the community beginning Friday. Cookies are $4 a box, and will be on sale until March 9, or as long as supplies last.

This year marks the first year that Georgia cookies will sell for $4 a box, Scout officials say. Previously, they sold for $3.50 a box locally.

All proceeds from local sales benefit the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.

Those who have not pre-ordered can go online to www.girlscoutcookes.org and download the cookie finder app. Cookie munchers can also cast their vote for their favorite cookie on Facebook.

For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to the Girl Scouts, call (229) 432-9188 or visit www.gshg.org.