Written by Theresa Rose on February 4, 2015

More than 13,000 Girl Scouts are gearing up for an unprecedented cookie season.

Cookie sales begin Friday, February 13, 2015.

With the addition of cookie sales online, organizers expect this year to be busy.

“Our online sales are a convenient addition to our traditional cookie booths and door-to-door sales. Our customers will now be able to order their favorite Thin Mints or Caramel deLites from the comfort of their own home, or they can depend on local Girl Scouts to sell cookies at their front door,” said Nikki Habben, Chief Operating Officer at Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.

Girl Scouts aren’t required to participate in the 100-year old cookie program, but more than 13,000 girls in the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois council have chosen to participate in the largest girl-led business in the world.

“Thousands of girls participate in this program because it really challenges them to learn skills they’ll use the rest of their lives like goal setting and money management,” said Habben.

Proceeds from each box are used to support local programs offered within the council.

To find your nearest box of Girl Scout cookies, go to www.GirlScoutCookies.org.