Many people have a special place in their heart for Girl Scout Cookies. Not only because they’re delicious, but because purchasing Girl Scout Cookies helps girls fulfill their dreams, follow their passions, and change the world.

A century ago, girls started participating in what would evolve into the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world: the Girl Scout Cookie Program, through which girls learn the essential skills they need to become effective leaders, manage finances, and gain self-sufficiency and confidence in handling money.

To commemorate this banner year for the organization, the highly-anticipated Girl Scout S’mores cookie, including crunchy graham sandwich cookies with chocolate and marshmallowy filling, will now be available.

Traditional and online cookie sales for troops in the Girl Scouts – Diamonds Council began Jan. 21. There are three ways to buy:

* Order from a Girl Scout.

* Have a Girl Scout send you her digital cookie link. You can order online and have the cookies shipped to you.

* If you need help finding a Girl Scout to order from, email productsales@girlscoutsdiamonds.org and the Girl Scouts – Diamonds cookie professionals will connect you with a girl in your area.

Girl Scout Cookies not only help Girl Scouts earn money for fun, educational activities and community projects, but also play a huge role in transforming girls into G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders) as they learn essential life skills that will stay with them forever. As the Girl Scout cookie program developed and evolved, it became a vehicle for teaching five essential skills — goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

Today there are two commercial bakers who make the popular confections, including ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers. If you order from a Girl Scouts – Diamonds Girl Scout, you will enjoy cookies made by Little Brownie Bakers, based out of Louisville, Kent..

This year, the new S’mores cookie will join the classics including Thin Mints, Trefoils, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-si-dos, Savannah Smiles and the gluten-free Toffee-tastic. The Thin Mint has kept its spot as the top seller in the nation, while the Samoa is the most popular cookie in the Girl Scouts – Diamonds regions.

Cookie delivery will begin at the end of February or you can keep an eye out for booth sales in March. You can use the Cookie Locator app for iPhones and Androids to find a booth sale near you.

For more information about cookies, visit http://girlscoutsdiamonds.org/cookies/find-cookies/. To learn more about joining or volunteering, visit www.girlscoutsdiamonds.org.