Girl Scout Cookies go digital

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The first Girl Scout cookie season was in 1917, and after nearly 100 years, Girl Scout Cookies have gone digital.

Maria Gregorio, communications coordinator at Girls Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains, said the technologically savvy generation prompted the addition.

“We have a phrase in Girl Scouting, keeping up with the speed of girls," Gregorio said. "We heard girls and families say we want to be able to sell online, but we had to find a way to do it safely. Digital Cookie is the way to do that.”

With the use of smart phones and online applications, Girl Scouts can now ship cookies to friends and family across the country.

The organization is structured so all consumers must have contact with a Girl Scout, whether online or through a cookie booth.

“You have to know a girl," Gregorio said. "We are keeping the girl in the Girl Scout cookie program."

Through Digital Cookie, girls can take orders through a mobile app and the order can be shipped directly to the customer, Gregorio said.

A Girl Scout can also send an E-card directly to customers through the app. The customer can then purchase cookies and have them shipped. A minimum of six boxes must be ordered. Shipping is an additional cost of $11.95.

Some troops in the area have not been active in the online sales due to the shipping cost and minimum amount.

"The booth sales have been the best for us," said Tonya Purdom, a troop mother. "We try to be out in the public so people don't have to buy online."

However, by breaking into a box of cookies, consumers support a big organization.

“The cookie program is the world’s largest girl-led business,” Gregorio said.

Through the organization, the girls learn several important lessons.

“The girls are learning what we call the five skills, which are goal setting, business ethics, decision making, money management and people skills,” Gregorio said.

Presley Purdom, who has been involved in Girl Scouts for five years, said that working toward goals is what she enjoys most.

"The goals are my favorite part of being a Girl Scout," Purdom said. "If you sell 1,200 boxes, you can go to summer camp."

From now until March 1, people can participate in what Gregorio calls “a delicious way to support girls.” By entering a zip code on this webpage, all nearby cookie booths will show up.

“I think it’s a great experience for girls,” Gregorio said. "When you’re purchasing the cookies, it's an investment in girls and the Girl Scout experience.”

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