Staff Photo: Michelle Floyd The Girl Scouts are ready to take your cookie orders for the year. Pictured, from left, is Tory Bouchillon, a fourth-grader at the Newton County Theme School at Ficquett; Ryan Henderson, a kindergartener at the theme school; Hunter Ferrell, a seventh-grader at Cousins Middle School; and Liane Bouchillon, a fourth-grader at the theme school.
COVINGTON -- It's time to make room for your favorite Girl Scout cookies.
Area Girl Scouts are busy taking cookie orders and soon they will be outside of local stores selling Thin Mints and Samoas.
This is a special year for the Girl Scouts -- they will be celebrating 100 years of scouting.
To help celebrate, the Scouts have introduced a new cookie, Savannah Smiles, which is a crisp, zesty, lemon cookie.
"It's in honor of Savannah, where the Girl Scouts started," said Kathy Osborn, a cookie manager for a Newton service unit.
Other favorites for sale are the usual Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, Tagalongs and Do-Si-Dos.
Girl Scouts currently are taking orders, and from Feb. 11 through 17, cookies will be delivered. Beginning on Feb. 17, booths will open up across the greater Atlanta region.
Osborn said most of the girls in Newton County will be at the Covington Walmart and Kroger on U.S. Hwy. 278 on weekday afternoons and weekends.
"It's like running our own business," said Hunter Ferrell, a seventh-grade Girl Scout from Cousins Middle School.
Tory Bouchillon said selling cookies helps her open up to people and meet new people.
"The whole purpose of the cookie program is to give them tools for down the road," Osborn said.
These tools includes leadership, entrepreneurship, goal-setting, self-confidence and early business skills.
Cookie sale funds benefit the scouts by paying for camps, scholarships, travel programs and local service projects.
Cookies are $3.50 per box, as usual. Also this year, cookie buyers can donate money at the booths to ship boxes of cookies to soldiers.