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Battling pandemic, Girl Scouts are getting creative with cookie sales

- By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@chespub.com

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.

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 ?? PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP ?? From left; Juliette Girl Scouts Ryleigh Gary, and Delaney Norris, both age 11, of Troop 446, deliver a box of Girl Scout cookies to neighbor Debbie Fogle of Stevensvil­le. Girl Scout cookies are still being sold, though only following CDC guidelines to keep everyone safe during the pandemic. Orders are being taken individual­ly, through the first Sunday in March. Both girls are wearing ‘cookie masks’ they made themselves!
PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP From left; Juliette Girl Scouts Ryleigh Gary, and Delaney Norris, both age 11, of Troop 446, deliver a box of Girl Scout cookies to neighbor Debbie Fogle of Stevensvil­le. Girl Scout cookies are still being sold, though only following CDC guidelines to keep everyone safe during the pandemic. Orders are being taken individual­ly, through the first Sunday in March. Both girls are wearing ‘cookie masks’ they made themselves!
 ?? BY DOUG BISHOP/DBISHOP@KIBAYTIMES.COM ?? Members of Girl Scout Troop 152 of Centrevill­e, presented this virtual message about staying home to protect people during the pandemic. Girl Scouts have not been having in person troop meetings since the pandemic started last March, 2020.
BY DOUG BISHOP/DBISHOP@KIBAYTIMES.COM Members of Girl Scout Troop 152 of Centrevill­e, presented this virtual message about staying home to protect people during the pandemic. Girl Scouts have not been having in person troop meetings since the pandemic started last March, 2020.
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PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

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