ABILENE, Texas - It is difficult to resist the temptation of biting into a Girl Scout cookie. But it is not just the taste that is rewarding -- each box of cookies sold helps the scouts fund their activities.
Each box costs only $3.50 and the newest cookies introduced this year are the Mango Crèmes--a coconut and vanilla cookie filled with mango crème.
"The Girl Scout cookie program teaches our girls decision making, goal setting, money management, people skills and decision making," said Gay Ganske, representing Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains. "We believe that as we teach the girls these skills, these are leadership life skills that they will learn and be able to take through life."
Those life lessons struck a chord with former Girl Scout Barbara O'Connor.
"I was a Girl Scout leader," O'Connor said. "I think it's important for little girls to have money to do the special things that they're allowed to do that they raise from their cookies."
Ganske said Thin Mints, Caramel Delights and Peanut Butter Patties are the best-sellers.
Judy Pfluger said she looks forward to buying from her granddaughter.
"She just joined she's six so she's just doing it to be doing it and having a good time," Pfluger.
The girl scouts will be going door-to-door until February 24 and will be at booths in local retail stores on Friday nights and all day on Saturday's and Sunday's.
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