A new look at this year's Girl Scout cookie packages highlights what girls learn while participating in the world's largest girl-led business.

Local Girl Scouts began selling door-to-door on Saturday, Feb. 2. This year eight varieties of cookies are available for $4 a box. They include Do-si-dos, Dulce de Leche, Samoas, Savannah Smiles, Tagalongs, Thank U Berry Munches, Thin Mints and Trefoils.

The six-week sale ends Sunday, March 17.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is a comprehensive business course centered on five specific and valuable life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. This year's new packaging highlights these skills and the badges girls earn by participating and learning.

In 2012, River Valleys' Girl Scouts earned more than $2.9 million in troop proceeds to support local Girl Scout efforts. Money earned each year supports programs such as outdoor living adventures, financial management activities, local and worldwide travel and local community service projects. Local proceeds help fund hundreds of programs and activities that build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

In addition to earning troop proceeds, each girl has the opportunity to earn individual rewards related to her personal success. Rewards range from necklaces and half-off camp coupons to bikes and laptops.

Call local Girl Scout leaders in your area to place an order if you are not contacted directly.

Cookie booths open across River Valleys on Monday, Feb. 11. An online cookie booth locator is available at GirlScoutsRV.org.