January 21 marks a special day in the world of the Girl Scouts – it’s time to start selling Girl Scout cookies. The scouts are excited, and so are the people who love Girl Scout cookies. February is your time to stock up before they run out.

The scouts are on the ball and have set up shop at these local spots: Fry’s Marketplace, Safeway, AJ’s, Joann Fabric and Craft Stores, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Goodwill – even at ASU and GCU. If you can’t find a booth, download the Cookie Finder app on your phone and it will show you the booth closest to you.

Cookie sales not only provide Arcadia and the rest of the Valley with tasty treats, but also teach the scouts valuable lessons, including decision making, budget creating and confidence building.

All of the proceeds from Girl Scout cookies stay in Arizona and go toward funding local projects and helping councils provide Girl Scout programs in STEM, camps and leadership training.

This year the troops are also bringing back the dessert challenge, where restaurants from central and northern Arizona will attempt to create a winning dessert with one of the Girl Scout Cookie flavors. Fans can visit girlscoutsaz.org/dessert-challenge to vote for their favorite dessert.

The dessert with the most votes at the end of the challenge will be crowned the 2019 Girl Scout Dessert Challenge Champion. Some of the participating restaurants are: Rusconi’s American Kitchen, Aioli Burger, Original Gravity and ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho.

Last year, the Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council sold 2.9 million packages of cookies. This year’s goal is 3 million – Arcadia might be able to help with that.

For more: girlscoutsaz.org.