Come rain or shine, Utah Girl Scouts are out selling cookies again this year.

Lisa Anderson, 16, a Senior Girl Scout in Troop 266 and the Utah Girl Scout Council's top cookie seller for the past four years, has begun her seventh year of sales, joined by hundreds of other girls.A junior at Granite High School, Anderson sold 4,200 boxes of cookies last year. What's her personal favorite Girl Scout cookie? She says it's a tie between the Thin Mint and the Tagalong.

Scouts began taking orders Thursday, Feb. 21, and will take them through March 6. Cookies at $2.50 per box will be delivered April 8-22. Cookies also may be purchased at booths throughout the state April 13-20.

A portion of the proceeds from cookie sales is used to support Girl Scout troops in a variety of activities and councilwide programs such as the national "Right to Read" service projects, scholarships for summer camp and math and science workshops.

For each box sold, Girl Scouts receive credits that can be used to pay for camping and council-event fees.

This year five favorites - Samoas, Thin Mints, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs and Trefoils - team up with the new Chalet Cremes, a variety pack of lemon and vanilla creme-filled sandwich cookies, and the Trail Mix cookie, a blend of chocolate chips, oatmeal, seasame seeds, raisins, sunflower seeds and almond and apple pieces.

Brownie, Junior, Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts are participating in the cookie sale. Leaders will help girls learn responsibility, sales techniques and money management as they demonstrate the council's cookie sale theme, "Growing with Pride."

Last year Utah Girl Scouts sold an average of 179 boxes per girl. Sales totaled 720,000 boxes of cookies. Proceeds from the sale provide almost 70 percent of the council's income. The council serves nearly 14,000 girls, who are led by 3,000 adult volunteers throughout Utah and in Fredonia, Ariz., and Wendover, Nev., according to Kathryn Bise, the council's public relations director.

With a girl-adult membership of 3.2 million, the Girl Scouts of the USA is the largest voluntary organization for girls in the world.

Tim Ross, KUTV weatherman and honorary cookie sale celebrity, urges Utahns to support the Girl Scouts during the annual sale. For more information call council headquarters, 265-8472.