Gone are the days of hunting down cookie booths inside subway stations and outside of supermarkets. This year, Girl Scout troops are going high-tech. Starting Dec 12, New Yorkers can order online and get boxes delivered to their doors.
The digital cookie program, which rolls out nationally in January, will run through the regular selling season ending in April. Here’s how it works: Each scout gets a website to personalize with video pitches and promote as an online store. They’ll also have a mobile version of that site within the Girl Scout app. You do have to know a Scout or her parent to receive an email invitation to the page, but it’s not as limiting as it seems. The system syncs with Facebook, so you’re likely to find someone in your circle who is selling.
Online you’ll have access to all of the treats, which run about $4 per box, including two newcomers rolling out this year: The gluten-free Toffee-tastic, a buttery biscuit loaded with bits of crunchy toffee, and the Rah Rah Raisin, an oatmeal cookie packed with raisins and Greek-yogurt–flavored chunks.
The girls are trying to up sales to pay for camps and trips, plus learn ecommerce skills, so feel free to order a box (or six) of Samoas. But if you still want to buy ‘em the old-fashioned way, you can search for cookie stands on the Girl Scout site.