Girl Scouts to kick off cookie sales

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa will kick off the 2013 cookie season Friday.

The season will run through March 17, said Tanya Martinson, girl services manager for Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa.

Beginning Feb. 15, “cookie booths” will pop up at various locations throughout the region, said Martinson.

“Our website will feature updates as to where the booths will be located,” she said.

After Feb 15, cookie aficionados can find booths at and clicking on “Booth Locator.”

For the first time since 1999, all boxes of Girl Scout Cookies have an updated look and purpose to elevate the significance of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, a $790 million girl-led business.

According to a press release, the package now features the five financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills that the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

In addition to new packaging, a new cookie will join the roster, which includes Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Shortbread, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Thanks-A-Lot and Lemonades.

Mango Cremes are vanilla and coconut sandwich cookies filled with a mango-flavored cream.

Serving girls in central and western Iowa, northeast Nebraska and southeast South Dakota, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa provides leadership programming to more than 15,000 girls and 4,000 adult volunteers.