Due to the spread of coronavirus, the Girl Scouts of the USA have suspended all in-person activities and events. Unfortunately, this has impacted cookie booth sales. Consumers can still support their local troops through Girl Scouts Cookie Care, a campaign that lets consumers order and donate cookies online.

“For 108 years, Girl Scouts has been there in times of crisis and turmoil,” says Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. “And today we are stepping forward with new initiatives to help girls, their families, and consumers connect, explore, find comfort, and take action.” 

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Consumers can also purchase cookies from Girl Scouts they know who are selling through the Digital Cookie platform, including the Digital Order Card and Smart Cookies. Cookie fans should also watch out for “virtual cookie booths,” as many Girl Scouts are reinventing the cookie booth through virtual means. However you purchase cookies. The proceeds from these sales allow Girl Scouts to give back to their local communities. 

The organization has also launched Girl Scouts at Home, a national online platform where all girls and families, not just Girl Scout members, can access free, self-guided activities from GSUSA’s expert programming. These age-specific activities for girls of all grade levels are delivered through guided videos, text-based instructions and downloadable information, making it seamless for families to incorporate into their daily lives. More program-based options will be added in the coming weeks, allowing girls to earn badges, tune in to live virtual events, and connect online for troop meetings and projects. 

—Jennifer Swartvagher

Featured photo: Girl Scouts of the USA 

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