It’s Girl Scout Cookie time on the South Plains.
Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains kicked off the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie season Saturday, with area scouts and their parents picking up thousands of boxes of Thin Mints, Caramel deLites and other favorites during a socially distanced event at Indiana Avenue Baptist Church.
The girls went through a drive-through, contactless pick-up line to get their first 12 cases of cookies to sell. More than 500 girls were registered for pick up as of Friday, according to Katherine Curtis with Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains.
“The cookie sale takes place now through March 7,” Curtis said. “Girls do have the opportunity to sell at booths this year, as well as sell online and through Grubhub. Many of our girls are learning to shift their business model to succeed in today’s pandemic environment.”
The new Girl Scout Cookies sales season comes during a challenging time when many Girl Scouts will be selling in creative, socially distant, and contact-free ways to keep themselves and their customers safe, according to a news release from the Girl Scouts.
This year, the Girl Scouts are also launching a new cookie variety.
The Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains will offer the new Toast-Yay! cookie, a French toast–inspired cookie dipped in icing and full of flavor in every bite.
Innovative Girl-led sales methods
This year, girls as young as 5 years old are being encouraged to embrace their entrepreneurial spirits, stay connected to their communities, and have fun by participating in the cookie program. Proceeds from each purchase stay local with the troop and council to power Girl Scouts’ essential leadership programming.
“Our Girl Scouts are ready to take the lead in this year’s cookie program by using their flexibility and ingenuity to create a safe environment for their cookie businesses. We are thrilled we have a variety of community partners helping to ensure this year’s cookie program is a success for our young cookie entrepreneurs,” Becky Burton, CEO of Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains, said in a statement.
This year, Girl Scouts is also providing new materials as part of their cookie badge program to support girls as they run their cookie business online and via social media, helping them be best equipped to sell during these times.
This season, Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains is participating in a national collaboration with food ordering and delivery platform Grubhub so girls have an additional way to facilitate contact-free cookie orders. Consumers can order Girl Scout Cookies for pickup or delivery on Grubhub.com or the Grubhub app. A hands-on experience in managing e-commerce, local Girl Scouts will track and fulfill orders, manage inventory, and more, all using Grubhub’s back-end technology. Check the Grubhub app for additional details.
As always, the proceeds benefit the troop and council while providing another innovative way to safely run the cookie program virtually, reads the release from the Girl Scouts.
“Girl Scouts is grateful to Grubhub for waiving all fees for the organization to make this new delivery option feasible for sales without reducing troops’ and councils’ proceeds,” reads the release.
How to get cookies
If you know a registered Girl Scout, reach out to her to find out how she’s selling cookies in ways that meet local and state safety protocols.
If you don’t know a Girl Scout, 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 to find socially distant or contact-free cookie booths if they are available in your area.
Visit www.grubhub.com/food/girl_scouts to order via contact-free delivery from Grubhub to see if its available in your area.
Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains is grateful to Walmart, Kroger, United Groceries, and other local businesses for opening space outside their retail locations for Girl Scouts to sell cookies in a safe and socially distant manner.
Beginning Feb. 1, enter your zip code into the Girl Scout Cookie Finder at www.girlscoutcookies.org to purchase from a local Girl Scout troop online for shipment to your door or to donate cookies to first responders and local causes.