Girl Scout Cookie Season!
Who’s ready to indulge in delicious Girl Scout Cookies? We are!
Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) kicked off the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie season nationally, during a challenging time when many Girl Scouts are selling in creative, socially distant, and contact-free ways to keep themselves and their customers safe.
Even in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, girls are adapting their sales methods to share the joy of Girl Scout Cookies through the largest girl-led entrepreneurship program—including taking contact-free pickup and delivery orders through a new national collaboration with Grubhub. Additionally, online cookie ordering is available so consumers who don’t know a Girl Scout can still purchase cookies from a local troop for direct shipment to their homes or donation to local organizations and first responders. Read on to see how.
Innovative Girl-led Sales Methods
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in the middle of the 2020 season and girls were faced with the same challenges as other small businesses, girls in Alabama quickly pivoted their sales methods. From running virtual cookie booths on social media to setting up drive-through locations, to facilitating orders that ship directly to customers’ doors, 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. And, the proceeds from each purchase stay local with the troop and its council to power Girl Scouts’ essential leadership programming.
“Even though our world looks different this year, our Girl Scouts are resilient, adaptable, and are looking forward to reaching their goals in new ways,” said Karen Peterlin, CEO of the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama. “Girl Scouts provides a unique opportunity for girls as young as five to tackle real-world challenges with innovative solutions.”
New collaboration with Grubhub
This season, Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama 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.
Starting in March, 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. This method will be available in Birmingham, Florence, Huntsville, and Tuscaloosa areas.
As always, the proceeds benefit the troop and council while providing another innovative way to safely run the cookie program virtually.
How to Safely Purchase Girl Scout Cookies This Season
You can support Girl Scouts by purchasing Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Trefoils, and more in a few different ways:
- 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, email us at email@example.com to purchase from a local Girl Scout troop online for shipment to your door or to donate cookies to first responders and local causes. You can pay for shipping and get your order in two weeks or select contactless delivery and get your order delivered the last week of February.
- Booth sales will begin March 5. You’ll be enter your zip code into the Girl Scout Cookie Finder at girlscoutcookies.org or by using 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.
- Starting in March, visit grubhub.com/food/girl_scouts to order via contact-free delivery from Grubhub (available in Birmingham, Florence, Huntsville, and Tuscaloosa areas).
For more information, to volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama, visit www.girlscoutsnca.org or call 800-734-4541.