The Girl Scouts are set to begin their annual cookie season. Soon young girls will be, knocking on doors, setting up tables, and gaining entrepreneurial skills to lay a foundation for their future.

The pre-order window for cookies runs Jan. 15 through Jan. 28.

Cookie booths will start selling at various locations Feb. 23 through March 11.

“The girls are super excited,” said Gwen Haliburton, Troop 143 leader. “This is one of the main things that they love to do. The girls love selling the cookies, they even make up songs and sing them together about cookie season.”

Behind-the-scenes preparation is key to a smooth cookie season. “Every troop does a cookie rally where we have a booth set up and we teach the girls about the cookies and how to sell them,” Haliburton said. “We get the uniforms ready and the cookie costumes that the girls really have fun wearing.”

Girl Scouts of the Louisiana Pines to the Gulf (GSLPG) CEO Rachel Broussard says the goal is to prepare girls to succeed not just in cookie selling but in their lives in general. “Whether it’s goal-setting, business ethics, money management, decision making, or people skills – we are committed to giving girls the skills they need to excel at whatever they put their minds to accomplishing, and impacting the world in the process,” Broussard said.

Girl Scouts of Louisiana Pines to the Gulf is a chartered council with Girl Scouts of the USA, supporting nearly 6,000 girls in partnership with close to 2,000 volunteers in 42 parishes in Louisiana west of the Mississippi River through council-sponsored girl program and activities, local resources and support, and adult learning opportunities. The headquarters is in Lafayette as well as locations in Alexandria, Lake Charles, Monroe and Shreveport.