FORT WORTH -- Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains -- including troops in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake -- are "covered in cookies" as the 2013 Cookie Program introduces a new cookie, new cookie box packaging and new technology."These new elements will further enhance the world's largest girl-led business" which began Jan. 11 in the Fort Worth area and will run through Feb. 24, said spokeswoman Maria Gregorio.Counties in the Fort Worth Area include Hill, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Somervell and Tarrant.As the Southlake cookie chair, Lily Tapp works with about 30 troops."It's so much more than cookies," she said. "It is an amazing experience. You get to see the girls grow up and mature. It's very rewarding."Cookie chair Greer Shannon, who is based out of Grapevine, said she enjoys "being a service unit cookie chair because I love to volunteer and work in the community."Coley Canter of Colleyville is the mother of three girls: Allie, 10, Audrey, 8, and Avery, 6. Her two oldest daughters are selling cookies this year and Canter, a veteran cookie seller, has a strategy."We sell to a lot to friends and family," she said. "We also set up a cookie booth at the end of the block and moms and dads coming home from work stock up on desserts for the night."Said the harried but happy mother: "I'm covered in cookies right now. I love it. It's a great experience for my girls."Becky Burton, Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains chief executive officer, stressed how important the experience of selling cookies is to a girl and her troop."Selling cookies helps girls learn skills that they will need to become successful leaders, such as goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics," Burton said.Burton also offered a few tips for buying cookies: "Ask girls where the money goes. Many troops use the proceeds to fund trips and community service projects. Ask why they are Girl Scouts. Many girls join for the leadership experience and to make great friendships. And most importantly, let the girls know how they did. Selling cookies is hard work and feedback helps them get better and grow into leaders."Mango crème with Nutrifusion is a new cookie added to the lineup this year.According to a news release, the cookie is "a tangy, refreshing tropical treat: a crunchy vanilla and coconut cookie with a mango-flavored crème filling that contains nutrients and vitamins from fruit such as cranberries, pomegranates, oranges and grapes."And for the first time since 1999, cookie boxes have a new look. The iconic Girl Scout Cookie package showcases the five financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills that the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls. The new packaging also highlights the bronze, silver and gold awards, awards that mark the progression and achievement of a girl through her Girl Scouting career.Don't have cash? Girl Scouts now take credit cards. Girls can use Sage Mobile Devices to take credit card payments on the spot, making buying cookies easier.For more information on the Girl Scout Cookie Program or how to join, volunteer or donate to the Girl Scouts, call 800-582-7272 or visit www.gs-top.org.