NORTH LITTLE ROCK — It is Girl Scout Cookie time all across the state right now and cookie lovers everywhere are seeking out those ever-famous cookie booths to satisfy their hankering for Thin Mints, Samoas, Dulce de Leche, Do-si-dos, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Thank U Berry Munch, and of course, get their hands on the new Savannah Smiles.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK — It is Girl Scout Cookie time all across the state right now and cookie lovers everywhere are seeking out those ever-famous cookie booths to satisfy their hankering for Thin Mints, Samoas, Dulce de Leche, Do-si-dos, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Thank U Berry Munch, and of course, get their hands on the new Savannah Smiles.

Though the initial order-taking is over, cookie booths began Saturday in each region across the Girl Scouts – Diamonds Council’s jurisdiction. Each year around this time, Girl Scout cookies pop up for sale online, at area businesses and by individuals – sometimes not connected with the Girl Scout organization. Girl Scouts wants to remind everyone that for the girls in the program to benefit, all Girl Scout Cookies must be purchased from a Girl Scout. Girl Scouts do not benefit from cookies sold in online marketplaces, such as ebay, Amazon, etc., nor do girls benefit when individuals not associated with the organization sell cookies.

On occasion, individuals will sell cookies from a personal stash and often they are from a previous year. Girl Scout Cookies purchased from anyone other than a Girl Scout not only take valuable opportunities away from the girls, but the cookies can be old or otherwise unfit for optimal consumption. One way to tell if the cookies you are purchasing are from this year’s program is by the Use or Freeze by date on the cookie box. This feature is new to the 2012 Cookie Program and can help ensure that you are purchasing fresh cookies. If you missed the initial order, you can look for Girl Scouts at cookie booths across the region to purchase your favorite cookies. Download the free Cookie Locator app in your smartphone market to help you locate a cookie booth near you. All Girl Scout Cookies are $3.50 a box and proceeds support girls in the program.

Girl Scouts has been empowering girls to make the world a better place for 100 years this year, and Girl Scout cookies have been providing girls with the resources to create a positive impact for more than 80 of those years.

While Girl Scout Cookies have become a familiar part of American culture, the sale of cookies has helped girls have fun, develop valuable life skills and make the world a better place by helping to support Girl Scouting in their communities. The value of Girl Scout Cookies extends far beyond what you see – these cookies can help provide aid to flood victims, small comfort to the terminally ill and lifetime bonds for girls in the program. Girl Scout Cookies help girls discover, connect and take action in their community.

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Girl Scouts – Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas serves close to 18,000 members and encompasses all counties in Arkansas except Crittenden, includes Adair, LeFlore and Sequoyah counties in Oklahoma as well as Bowie and Cass counties in Texas. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.