TINA L. SCOTT
Girl Scout cookie season will kick off in our area on Jan. 22 and run through Apr. 4, according to a press release from Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes (GSNWGL). However, you may not see as many Girl Scouts going door to door as in years past. “… In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, girls are adapting their sales methods,” the press release stated. Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) is making online cookie ordering available nationwide on Feb. 1, which will enable people to purchase cookies from a local troop for direct shipment to their homes without any direct contact.
In addition, on Mar. 6, select areas throughout Northern Wisconsin can utilize Grubhub.com or the Grubhub app to order Girl Scout cookies. According to the press release, this method will still provide Scouts with “a hands-on experience in managing e-commerce,” which is consistent with the way real businesses have had to respond when the COVID-19 pandemic hit last year. Using this app, local Girl Scouts will still “track and fulfill orders, manage inventory, and more, all using Gubhub’s back-end technology,” the statement emphasized. And for this year at least, Grubhub is waiving all of their fees for the organization, so their fundraising efforts and sales receipts won’t be impacted by adding extra costs to their overhead.
The Girl Scouts are also introducing a delicious new cookie this year called Toast-Yay!™ which was inspired by French toast. It is described as a toast-shaped cookie full of French toast flavor, dipped in icing, and stamped with the signature Girl Scouts trefoil on the top. But not to worry, if you already have a favorite Girl Scout cookie, Thin Mints®, S’mores ®, Caramel deLites ®, Peanut Butter Patties ®, Shortbread, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Lemonades™, and gluten free Caramel Chocolate Chip are all still available this year, as well.
Selling may look a bit different this year – to include online sales, virtual cookie booths on social media, drive-through cookie sales, and maybe even some traditional door-to-door sales. But no matter what the method, “girls as young as five years old are continuing to embrace their entrepreneurial spirits, stay connected to their communities, and have fun by participating in the cookie program,” the release stated. And, it reminded us, “the proceeds from each and every purchase stay local with the troop and its council to power Girl Scouts’ essential leadership programming.”
If you don’t personally know any Girl Scouts, but want to buy cookies and support your local Girl Scout troops, visit www.girlscoutcookies.org; text COOKIES to 59618 (message and data rates may apply; text STOPGS for STOP, HELPGS for help); or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app for free on iOS or Android devices .
Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes (GSNWGL) partners with 5,000 volunteers, serves approximately 16,000 girls, covering 58 counties across northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate, call 888.747.6945 or visit gsnwgl.org. Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low organized the very first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, and the organization has grown ever since.