The Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri began their annual cookie sales Saturday, Jan. 5, after a Cookie Kickoff dance Friday, Jan. 4, at Hannibal's Calvary Baptist Church.

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri began their annual cookie sales Saturday, Jan. 5, after a Cookie Kickoff dance Friday, Jan. 4, at Hannibal's Calvary Baptist Church.

The girls will be selling cookies door-to-door and by other methods until the end of January, according to Cathy Riley, leader of both troops 9010 (middle school girls) and 9217 (elementary school girls), who also is a troop organizer.

Riley's Troop 9010 hosted the Cookie Kickoff dance. Scouts in Troop 9010 serving punch and cookies included Laini Shepherd, Victoria Williams and Patience Thompson.

Riley may be contacted at (573) 795-6452 for more information or to order cookies.

The cookies will be delivered by the girls beginning Feb. 15, Riley said.

Also on Feb. 15, the individual troops will begin selling cookies at Walmart, Lowe's and perhaps other stores in Hannibal.

Although the Scouts have announced a new flavor has been added this year — the Toffee-tastic®, a gluten-free cookie — it is not being sold in this area, Riley noted, because the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri get their cookies from a bakery in St. Louis, which is not baking the new flavor this year.

Flavors offered locally are Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, Savannah Smiles, Tagalongs, Do-si-dos and S’mores.

Jamie Jones, District 17 neighborhood 3 cookie manager of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, attended the kickoff dance. She also may be contacted to order cookies at (573) 603-4134 or by email at jonesfam5209@gmail.com.

One special dance at the Cookie Kickoff was announced for the girls and their dads. Among this group were Beau Viehomann and his daughters, Ainsley and Landry.

Also dancing were Javaris Jones and his daughters, Jhamyla and Jocelynn.

Clinton Duppong and his daughter, Cayley, paused during their dance to note that Cayley's favorite G.S cookie is the thin mint, and her dad named S'more and the peanut butter cookie.

Another father and daughter duo, Stephen Dearing and his daughter, Eva, both said they favor thin mints.

See photo gallery for more pictures of dancing Girl Scouts.

bev.darr@courierpost.com