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Chilton County Girl Scouts preparing to kick off cookie season

Chilton County Girl Scout Troops will travel to Birmingham Friday night to kick off the 2015 cookie season.

Residents throughout the county will have the opportunity to order cookies beginning Jan. 16, and the girls will have cookies on hand for delivery and cookie booth sales beginning Feb. 7, according to Terrie Childress, who is involved with Jemison Girl Scout Troop 7012.

Childress said Chilton County residents can locate the nearest cookie booth by downloading a “cookie app” available on Android and iPhones.

Alabama is divided into two different areas including the North-Central Girl Scouts and Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama.

Troops in Chilton County fall under the North-Central Alabama Girl Scouts.

The five Girl Scout Troops in Chilton County are located in Clanton, Jemison and Thorsby.

This year, for the first time in Girl Scout history, gluten-free cookies will be available nationwide from most Girl Scout councils.

Childress said the new variety available for those living in Chilton County will be the “Rah-Rah-Raisin” which is a “hearty oatmeal cookie with plump raisins and Greek yogurt flavored chunks.”

The newcomer will join the “legendary” classics such as “Thin Mints,” “Trefoils,” “Tagalongs,” “Do-si-dos,” “Savannah Smiles (100th anniversary cookie),” “Dulce de Leche,” and “Thank U Berry Munch,” and “Samoas” (which turns 40 this year).

Each box sells for $3.50.

The Girl Scout organization started more than 100 years ago with Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low, who believed in the power of every girl.

She organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Ga., and every year since, the organization seeks to help girls discover their strengths, passions and talents.

Today, the organization continues the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who help make the world a better place, according to the Girl Scout organization.

For more information about finding a local Girl Scout Troop, contact Robyn Tucker at (205) 453-9530.