Battling pandemic, Girl Scouts are getting creative with cookie sales
STEVENSVILLE — Girl Scout Service Area Unit 88, in Queen Anne’s County, has gotten their supplies of Girl Scout cookies out to the county troops, and cookies are being sold differently this year. No outdoor booths in front of stores, a method which has been immensely successful for many years.
This year, the only way to get the cookies is if you know a local Girl Scout personally, or to go online to the Girl Scout Council, or call the Council office directly to have them put you in contact with a Girl Scout who lives in your immediate area.
Girl Scout troop in-person meetings stopped when the pandemic began, but meetings have continued via ZOOM. They held three separate meetings to determine the variety of marketing practices the girls could use to advertise that the cookies were available for the public to buy. Each scout was encouraged to choose their own method as long as it complied with Girl Scout CDC guidelines for public safety.
Troop 446 Scout Ryleigh Gary, of Stevensville, decided to canvas her neighborhood, placing door hangers on her neighbors front doors. The door hanger provided her name, all eight selections of cookies, and a phone number the neighbors could text her grandmother, Donna Beck, to place their orders. Ryleigh has since been delivering the ordered cookies placing them outside her neighbors doors where they left her a check for payment. This service is providing “contactless delivery” to each patron.
Other Girl Scouts. also from Troop 446, Delaney Norris, and Savannah Landon, took to producing digital websites to the community offering cookies. All of the girls in Troop 446 are 11-year old “Juliette” Girl Scouts. Their adult leader is Mandy Landon, who also serves as Adult Training Leader and Events Coordinator for Service Area 88. She said, “Some of our girls have posted on Facebook that they’re selling cookies and have received orders that way. Even people who don’t eat the cookies can order them to be donated to local food pantries. The girls still get credit for orders like that to help finance troop activities, as limited as those activities are, right now. We had someone order 40 boxes that were delivered to Haven Ministries to assist in helping feed the homeless in our immediate area.”
Girl Scout Ryleigh Gary of Troop 446 places door hangers on her neighbors front doors advertising cookies for sale this year. Girl Scouts were told they couldn’t sell cookies in front of area stores due to the pandemic to keep everyone as safe as possible, so the girls took to other methods in letting people know they could still have cookies this year.
Landon added, “The past few years, our troop has sold over $10,000 in cookies. The pandemic is going to put a
damper in doing that this year. At this point, the middle of February, we’ve only sold $2,000 worth. We won’t have
as much money this coming year to do activities like we’ve done in the past with the girls. One big activity is
donating to Queen Anne’s County Animal Services in Queenstown. However, cookie sales will go on until the first Sunday in March.”
The great selection includes the traditional favorites: Trefoils, Samoas, Thin Mints, Do-si-dos, Tagalongs, Lemon-ups, Girl Scout s’mores, and Toffee-tastic. All cost $5 per box, except
the GS s’mores and Toffeetastic are $6 per box. Contactless delivery of the cookies is available — just tell your Girl Scout that’s what you want.
If you don’t know a individual Girl Scout to place an order with, the local Girl Scout Council phone number is 302-456-7150, or go online at http://www.gscb.org/findcookies.org.