A pandemic-friendly guide for how to buy Girl Scout cookies in Colorado

A pandemic-friendly guide for how to buy Girl Scout cookies in Colorado

Girl Scouts sell cookies as a winter storm moves in on Feb. 8, 2013 in New York City. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Girl Scout cookies are on sale, even during the pandemic — how sweet.

COVID-19 forced changes to traditional sales tactics but the Girl Scouts adapted by creating virtual cookie booths, drive-throughs and a GrubHub partnership. The Girl Scouts hope these new ways to sell cookies help them avoid financial losses since cookie sales fund troop camping trips and other activities.

“The pandemic has absolutely impacted the Girl Scout Cookie program on many levels,” AnneMarie Harper, Girl Scouts of Colorado public relations director, said. “Just from the availability of the places that girls are able to sell. Some of our major retail partners can’t allow girls to sell in as many locations as they have been in the past.”

So here’s how to find Girl Scout cookies in Colorado this year:

  • If you know a Girl Scout, ask for a link to her virtual cookie booth.
  • If you don’t know a Girl Scout, you can text COOKIES to 59618 or download the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app.
  • The food ordering company GrubHub has teamed up with Girl Scouts for pick-up or delivery through Feb. 14 with a $15 minimum order.
  • You can visit the Girl Scouts’ website, enter your zip code to find a troop to order your cookies from.
  • You still may be able to grab cookies leaving the grocery store with more than 9,900 booth sites across Colorado.
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Girl Scout cadet Cara Sullivan-Driver of Troop 60375 in Ken Caryl is still on track to reach this year’s goal even with COVID-19 affecting sales strategies. Sullivan-Driver has sold 400 boxes, which is lower than previous years, but is well on her way to her 1,000-box goal. She anticipates some of the online selling opportunities introduced this year will stick around after the pandemic.

“There are a lot of customers, I’d say some people probably don’t want contact due to COVID, but there are still quite a few customers,” she said.

Interim Girl Scouts of the USA chief executive officer Judith Batty said in a news release that she is proud of the resourcefulness troops have demonstrated through running their cookie businesses safely amid the pandemic.

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“This season, our girls will continue to exemplify what the cookie program taught them — how to think like entrepreneurs, use innovative sales tactics, and pivot to new ways of doing business when things don’t go according to plan,” Batty said in the release.

In Colorado last year, there were over 4.5 million packages sold. This year, sales are projected to be around 3 million boxes, Harper said.

She remains hopeful the impact won’t be severe.

“We’ve always been very fiscally responsible and use our resources wisely, so maybe just one year won’t have a dramatic effect as someone might think,” Harper said.

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The profit girls make from cookie sales goes toward their service projects, camp fundraising and other activities within their troop. If the revenue is lower for troops this year, they may have to “rethink some of their plans,” Harper said.

“We know some things are so different this year, but what’s better and more normal than a box of Girl Scout cookies?” Harper said. “We really hope the community can come out and support the girls, help them reach their goals and at the same time, have a little bit of normalcy in their own lives as well.”

Girl Scout cookies will be available until March 7.

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