The 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Season has begun and Girl Scouts in Northeast Ohio are excited to use new sales strategies and technology skills that they developed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the pandemic became widespread this year, many girl entrepreneurs experienced the same challenges as other businesses and quickly changed their focus to virtual sales. Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) also offered a new national online platform, Girl Scouts Cookie Care, that enabled customers to safely order cookies for home delivery or to donate cookies to first responders, volunteers, and local causes. Thanks to their customers, Girl Scouts donated millions of cookie packages nationally last season, which brought moments of joy to frontline workers and people in need.
This coming cookie season, Girl Scouts in Northeast Ohio will again embrace their entrepreneurial spirit by selling cookies through online platforms and innovative “virtual cookie booths” on social media (with parental supervision). Additionally, many girls will offer socially distant or contactless sales and delivery options. If local guidelines allow, in-person sales may also be available in certain areas, keeping girls’ safety a top priority. And though social distancing measures may keep families and friends apart, cookie customers can share moments of joy and stay connected with others this season by making cookie donations or shipping cookies directly to others in a gift box via the Digital CookieÂ® online platform.
All purchases of Thin Mints®, Samoas®, Lemon-Ups ®, and other Girl Scout Cookie favorites are an investment in girl leadership in your local community. With every sale, the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls how to think like entrepreneurs as they run their own small businesses and learn skills like goal setting, people skills, and decision making—which are imperative for any leadership role. And girls decide how to use their portion of the proceeds for unforgettable leadership experiences and community projects, while Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) depends on the funds to deliver life-changing Girl Scout programming to over 23,000 girls in North East Ohio.
“We have all experienced unimaginable change and challenges this year, but Girl Scouts have persisted because of our grit and resiliency,” said GSNEO CEO Jane Christyson. “I’m excited for this upcoming cookie season, to see our girl entrepreneurs innovate and take advantage of new technology, and learning new entrepreneurial skills in this digital age.” To learn more about the Girl Scout Cookie Program, visit www.girlscoutcookies.org.
To find a Girl Scout selling cookies in your neighborhood, call 1-888-9-Thin Mint, or download the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app to receive cookie booth alerts beginning March 12, 2021.
For more information about GSNEO and how to donate, join, or volunteer, visit gsneo.org.