The Girl Scouts
The ordering season for Girl Scout cookies has officially begun, and this year, the girls will have access to Digital Cookie 2.0, a digital platform built with help from Dell and Visa that allows the Scouts to build custom websites and gain a better understanding of business and technology.
This year, two gluten-free cookie flavors will also return to market — Toffee-tastic (buttery cookies with toffee bits) and Trios (peanut butter, chocolate chips, and whole grain oats), alongside classics like Thin Mints and and Tagalongs.
“This cookie season is a landmark one for our iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program,” Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, said in a statement. “In responding to an important consumer trend, we’ve brought back our delicious gluten-free cookie varieties, allowing even more cookie customers to indulge while supporting girls and their communities. And with Digital Cookie 2.0, Girl Scouts are able to further explore STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), while still engaging in more traditional, including door-to-door, sales and giving back to their communities.”
Among the new features of Digital Cookie 2.0 are interactive tools like a goal-setting calculator and a section that will teach girls how to run their own business.
From February 26 to 28, the Girl Scouts will celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, during which individual councils will sell cookies and host special community events. Each council gets to keep 100 percent of the funds raised during cookie season, and past earnings have gone to purchasing a bulletproof vest for a female police officer, and creating care packages for young cancer patients.