Girl Scout Cookie Program that is more than raising money has a lasting impact on girls by building life skills such as leadership, money management, decision-making, teamwork and goal setting, Susan Thompson with the Black Diamond Girl Scout Council says.

Individuals can purchase cookies starting Friday through January 25 from a Girl Scout. Dulce de Leche is a new addition this year featuring gooey caramel drizzled over a crunch, caramel-filled cookie, with original favorites like Thin Mints, Do-Se-Dos and Trefoils.

All proceeds will be used to benefit girls, some amount remaining directly in the Girl Scout troop treasuries, and indirectly by funding Council-led programs for Girl Scouts.