New website allows customers to order Girl Scout cookies online starting Jan. 11.
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Chattanooga — Thin Mints, Samoas and six other mouth-watering cookies are back as the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians launches its annual cookie program.

Girls begin taking orders Jan. 11. A new website, IWantCookies.org, allows customers who don’t know a Girl Scout personally to reserve cookies in advance. IWantCookies.org will also be ready to accept cookie reservations on Jan. 11.

“Everyone knows how tasty Girl Scout Cookies are, but there’s more to our cookies than what’s in the box,” said the council’s CEO Booth Kammann. “Every box of cookies a girl sells is an investment in her future.”

Girls learn five key skills through the sale: goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics, and the art of communicating with people.

“Girls will use these key skills throughout their lives,” Kammann said.

Troops have spent months preparing for the sale, and every penny earned stays within the council area. Girls use their profits to fund educational activities, trips, community service projects, and more. The council’s proceeds provide essential services to girls and volunteers.

The iconic cookie boxes have been redesigned for the first time since 1999 to capture Girl Scouting’s role as the nation’s premier leadership experience for girls. Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Kennerly captured images of girls working together, traveling, and volunteering for the new boxes.

Also new this year, all customers may purchase and donate cookies to members of the Army National Guard and Air National Guard from Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia through the “Building a Mountain of Hope” program. All cookies remain $3.50 per box, meaning no increase over last year’s price.

Girl Scouts will take orders Jan. 11 through Feb. 10. Cookie deliveries and booth sales are March 1-24. For more information, visit girlscoutcsa.org or call 1-800-474-1912.

About the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians: The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians’ mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. The council serves more than 15,000 girl and adult members in 46 counties stretching from Southwest Virginia, through East Tennessee and into Northwest Georgia.