TYLER, TX (KLTV) - It's a big day for a lot of girls in East Texas -- it's Girl Scout cookie day.
Starting today, you can order your favorite cookie from your favorite Girl Scout.
The Girl Scouts are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year, and to do so, they're introducing a new cookie -- the Savannah Smile.
But for some local Girl Scouts and their troop moms, their Girl Scouts' experiences are about so much more than selling cookies.
"The girls that are involved in Girl Scouts are very eager. They want to learn, they want to explore," said Nicole DeBusk, a Membership Specialist for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. "We want them to learn to be leaders. So many of our Congresswomen have been Girl Scouts. It's an amazing program."
These girls say being a Girl Scout has taught them valuable lessons.
"I've learned a lot of how to help others and how to take care of the earth, and making the world a better place," said 7th grader Rebecca DeBusk, a Cadet.
Third-grader Kaitlyn Elmore says she enjoys helping the troops overseas -- by selling cookies.
"If they want to donate some cookies to them, they put how many cookies they want in a column and off they go," she said.
The Girl Scout cookies are a fundamental part of the Girl Scout program. That's why 5-year old Morgan DeBusk became a Daisy.
"Because I like to sell cookies and I wanted to be a Girl Scout really bad," she said of why she joined.
These girls say the cookie program is rewarding.
"I like to sell cookies because you get to go places, like last year, I sold 1,000 boxes of cookies and I got to go to Great Wolf Lodge, and you get a lot of prizes and stuff," said third grader Teallie Tatum, a Brownie.
And these leaders say the skills they learn from selling cookies help them throughout their lives.
"It teaches people skills, it teaches them how to talk with people, how to get comfortable talking with people. It teaches them to learn about your products, because most of my girls will be able to tell you about all 8 types of cookies and what's good about them," said Troop Cookie Mom Nancy Elmore.
You can start ordering cookies today from your favorite Girl Scout -- they'll be taking orders through early February, and then they'll be out in booths all over the area starting in late February.
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