Girl Scout cookies arrive in Tucson by the truckload

Annual Girl Scout Cookie program starts today

"They're not required to buy cookies but they have to find a girl scout at a booth or through the council to get the code". Almost 1 million Girl Scouts participate in the cookie program each year, generating nearly $800 million in sales during the average season.

Hopefully you've already abandoned your New Years resolution, because Girl Scout Cookie time is here again. There will be Caramel deLites, we have the Lemonades, and then two peanut butter cookies. Anybody can order cookies anytime they want clear up through March 17.

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Proceeds will benefit local troops' community service projects. The act of selling cookies is not just about fundraising but also learning skills based in responsibility and independence. "A lot of the troops will take part of the money and pay for troop badges and uniforms".

This year, the Scouts will also be collecting donations used to donate boxes of cookies to give to military members.

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January 12 - or 7 hours, 32 minutes and 35 seconds as of this writing - marks the beginning of Girl Scout cookie presales for Idaho's Girl Scout of Silver Sage Council. In 1922, the organization's cookie recipe and business plan were shared and in 1925 the scouts' S'mores recipe was first published.

There are eight varieties of cookies available this year, including Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Savannah Smiles, gluten-free Toffee-tastic and Girl Scout S'mores.

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