it's cookie time
If you're craving Thin Mints but there's nary a Girl Scout in sight, just head to your computer.
The Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. has decided to embrace the internet, letting scouts use the new Digital Cookie platform to sell and ship those $4 boxes of deliciousness across the country. Online sales had previously been prohibited, as the goal was to teach girls how to sell directly to people and learn how to handle money, but the organization has found ways to incorporate those skills into the Digital Cookie platform.
"Girls across the country now can use modern tools to expand the size and scope of their cookie business, and learn vital entrepreneurial lessons in online marketing, application use, and e-commerce," Sarah Angel-Johnson, director of the digital cookie program, told The New York Times.
There are 2 million Girl Scouts, and more than 80 percent sell cookies every year, bringing in almost $800 million annually. Each scout will be able to create her own website, which can only be accessed by invitation and will not include any personal information. The online program is being tested in some marketplaces now, and is set to start nationally in January.