It's Girl Scout Cookie time.
Le Mars scouts started selling boxes of cookies Friday afternoon.
Cookies will be sold from Feb. 1 through March 17, according to Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa CEO Jamie Boersma.
Julie Hurt, of Le Mars, and her daughter, Danielle, a second year Brownie, went out in their neighborhood Friday afternoon.
Hurt is leader for her daughter's troop.
"In about 1 1/2 hours, she sold more than 60 boxes of cookies," Hurt explained.
On Sunday, the two sold another 20 boxes.
Hurt said the Scouts have options on which way they want to sell the cookies.
"Last year it started where we had cookies in hand when we went to the houses," Hurt explained. "In some ways it makes it a lot easier, you go to the house one time, hand over the cookies and get paid."
Other troops do the traditional method of taking an order card, collecting orders and then delivering cookies.
Hurt said her daughter's troop initially had each scout pick up 84 boxes of cookies.
"Once they have sold their boxes, the scouts can take orders, and I will place orders throughout the six-week sale time," Hurt said.
Boxes of cookies sell for $3.50 each.
Claire Olsen, who leads a troop of sixth grade girls in Le Mars, said her scouts are doing a combination of cash-and-carry and taking orders for the cookies.
"Last year was a learning experience for us on selling the cookies directly," Olsen said. "I think we're off to a good start."
She added a number of people asked Girl Scouts about cookies Saturday during the Supermarket Saturday food collection sponsored by the scouts.
"The scouts collected food for the Christian Needs Center in Le Mars," Olsen explained. "The Center got a lot of food from us."
All Girl Scout troops from Le Mars participated in the Saturday food gathering event.
Jill Hansen, cookie manager for Le Mars Girl Scouts, said booth sales for cookies will start Feb. 15.
Booth sales involve a troop setting up a table in a local business and selling cookies from that location.
"We have at least one troop that does a lot of the cookie booth sales," Hansen said.
She added girls selling cookies door-to-door will be busy in the next two weeks.
"We have a sales combination of the way it used to and the new way. It will be interesting to see who is more successful," Hansen said.
People who are not contacted by a Girl Scout or are unable to get to a booth sale, may still get their cookies.
They may contact Hansen at 546-4664, or go to the website www.girlscoutsiowa.org and clicking on "Booth Locator."
There are eight cookie varieties available for 2013, including a new cookie, Mango Crémes with NutriFusion, a crispy cookie with the taste of the tropics. These are vanilla and coconut cookies filed with a tangy mango-flavored créme.
Other cookie flavors are:
Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Shortbread, Peanut Butter Sandwich, Thanks-A-Lot and Lemonades.
The cookie packaging has also been updated, and features the five financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills that the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.
"Those five skills are the basis for why we sell cookies," Hansen said. "It teaches our girls to become stronger so when they are out in the business world, they can handle those life decisions."
Le Mars Girl Scouts are under the leadership of the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, which serves troops in central and western Iowa, northeast Nebraska and southeast South Dakota.