Girl Scout cookie booths return
–Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast has officially extended this year’s Girl Scout Cookie Program from March 14, 2021, until April 18, 2021. After reviewing the latest research and CDC guidelines, Girl Scouts have also decided to reopen traditional troop cookie booths. Loyal cookie customers will be delighted to see Girl Scouts selling cookies once again in locations such as outside of their local grocery and convenience stores. Troops that elect to participate in in-person booths will follow guidelines such as a reduced amount of girls and volunteers, safety precautions including facemasks, and a focus on electronic payments.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program challenges girls as they learn the important skills required to run a business. Troops often use their funds towards exciting experiences like a weekend at camp or towards innovative and impactful community service projects. With each delicious cookie purchase, consumers directly support the betterment of their neighborhoods!
Recent support from other community organizations, small businesses, and individual donors has made all the difference in the success of this year’s cookie program. Those interested in supporting a cookie booth buyout can elect the buy-out level they plan to purchase and if they would like to donate the cookies to a cause of their choice through their “care to share” donation program.
Local business owners can now support Girl Scouts in reaching their cookie goals by allowing girls to set up a booth in front of their business. This free opportunity is an easy way to help local Girl Scouts achieve success in their cookie business while bringing new customers into yours.
“Girl Scouts are incredibly resilient and business savvy, and even with all of the COVID-19 pandemic challenges thrown at them this year, Girl Scouts always find a way to thrive,” says council CEO Tammie Helmuth. “One of the many ways our community can help support Girl Scouts during their most challenging cookie season to date is to allow girls to set up booths outside of your local business. Business owners will be aware of how hard this year has been. One can only imagine how difficult it has been for our girls to start their businesses virtually then be able to open in-person. However, we are struggling to locate businesses that will support our girls with the ability to booth. I hope you can offer your support in allowing Girl Scouts to set up in front of your store and let them thrive.”
In addition to cookie booths, customers will still be able to purchase their favorite treats directly from a Girl Scout virtually through their digital cookie platforms. Delivery options such as contact-free pickup and local delivery are available. Council retail locations across California’s Central Coast also have cookies for sale, with proceeds benefitting local troops. Additionally, customers can order cookies and get them delivered the same day through a national collaboration with food ordering platform Grubhub. Orders can be placed on Grubhub.com or the Grubhub app, and all proceeds benefit Girl Scouts while providing another safe and innovative way to run the cookie program virtually.
Cookie-lovers can still try our new addition to the lineup this year, Toast-Yay! This French-toast-inspired cookie dipped in delicious icing has been a hit among girls and customers alike. Fans of the Girl Scout S’mores cookies have until April 18, 2021, to pick up an extra box or two, as they will be waving goodbye to this fudge-coated favorite after this season.
Visit www.girlscoutsccc.org/findcookies to find Girl Scout cookies near you or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, free on iOS and Android devices.