The Cranberry Citrus Crisps are new to the cookie lineup this year.

The Cranberry Citrus Crisps are new to the cookie lineup this year.

More than 250 Girl Scouts will gather for Cookie University from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Plaster Free Enterprise Center at Missouri Southern State University.

The workshop is designed to hone sales and customer service skills prior to the kick-off of the 2014 cookie sale. The Girl Scouts have partnered with Missouri Southern Business Students to design a program to help girls earn their 2014 cookie pin, and financial and sales badges. Activities will include counting money and setting up online marketing tools.

It will be followed at 3 p.m. by the annual Cookie Crunch-Off. The competitive cookie eating contest will feature teams from Mars Petcare, Navy Recruiters, Walmart, General Mills, The Joplin Globe, KOAM-TV and Big Dog. Girls will also be able to sample the Cranberry Citrus Crisps, which are new to the cookie lineup this year.