A year has passed and once again, it’s time for Girl Scout cookie sales. The Heart of Texas Council’s annual Girl Scout cookie sale began Jan. 5. The girls will be taking orders through the month of January with cookies delivered between Feb. 12 and March 5. The cookies will again cost $3 per box, and customers should not pay for their cookies until they actually receive them. Last year, troops used their cookie sale money to do many fun-filled activities and community service projects. The Girl Scouts’ newest cookie, the Aloha Chips, are a buttery delight filled with macadamia nuts. The new cookie is only one of eight kinds offered during the Girl Scouts cookie sale. Other favorites are Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos, Trefoils, Apple Cinnamons and Lemon Drops. There is also a new look for the cookie boxes. Now, every time someone opens a Girl Scout cookie box, they will be reminded of how important their cookie purchase is to girls. The newly designed boxes show real-life Girl Scouts participating in contemporary activities like playing high adventure sports and exploring careers in aviation, fire fighting, broadcast television and veterinary medicine. The boxes also remind everyone that selling Girl Scout cookies affords girls the opportunity to build strong values, minds, bodies, spirits, friendships, leadership and community skills. The Girl Scout cookie sale program helps girls between the ages of six and 17 develop a wide range of skills’skills like leadership, entrepreneurship, money management, decision making, planning, goal-setting, interpersonal teamwork and much more. The girls learn to meet and greet people, keep accurate financial records, and follow through on a promise to deliver the cookies people ordered. Most importantly, girls have fun while building self-confidence and important life skills. For more information, contact the Girl Scouts Heart of Texas Council at 1-800-346-3215.