Michiana Girl Scouts to begin annual cookie sale

2018 Girl Scout Cookie Season underway in Abilene

Cookies will be sold at traditional booths, door-to-door and online. Almost 1 million Girl Scouts participate in the cookie program each year, generating nearly $800 million in sales during the average season.

After last year's 100th anniversary of cookie sales, troops across Nebraska will kick off this season with the return of Girl Scout S'mores. The program runs through March 25. The act of selling cookies is not just about fundraising but also learning skills based in responsibility and independence. Girls and their troops use their cookie proceeds for community service projects, leadership development, camping and outdoor experiences, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs.

"Much of the cookie money goes to Columbus for our council for programming for the girls", said Parsons.

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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.

The popular S'mores cookie was unveiled in the 2017 sale and will be available for purchase again in 2018.

Gallia Girl Scout Troop 201 stands outside a store on a cold day selling cookies.