You Can Now Buy Girl Scout Cookies Online – And You Don’t Need to Know a Girl Scout

This year, it will be easier than ever to get your hands on a box of Thin Mints, Samoas or Tagalongs.

January 12, 2021

Photo by: Photo courtesy of Girl Scouts

Photo courtesy of Girl Scouts

If you’re not lucky enough to have a Girl Scout in your immediate social circle, Girl Scout Cookie season can feel like an annual mad scramble to make sure you find the colleague’s cousin’s friend’s daughter who can take your order. Who wants to let a year go by without a box (or … uh … 20) of Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Trefoils or Samoas?

On top of that, the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie season — which kicked off across the country today and generally runs through April, although local timing and availability vary — seemed sure to bring particular logistical cookie-procuring challenges, but the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has proven true to its motto: “Be prepared.” The organization has taken precautions to make sure you will safely get your Girl Scout Cookie fix, even in these socially distant times, with new nationwide online cookie ordering options — especially for those who don’t personally know a Girl Scout.

Photo by: Photo courtesy of Girl Scouts

Photo courtesy of Girl Scouts

The organization has teamed up with Grubhub to coordinate contact-free pickup and delivery for orders placed on Grubhub.com or the Grubhub app, starting today, in select markets, with a wider rollout to additional markets as cookie season progresses. Using Grubhub’s back-end technology, local Girl Scouts can track inventory and fulfill orders — with the proceeds benefiting their troops and councils, as usual. Grubhub has waived its fees for the organization, so GSUSA will not see any reduction in proceeds for orders placed through its system — and the platform is offering customers free delivery on Girl Scout Cookie orders through February 14 with a $15 minimum purchase.

What’s more, starting February 1, GSUSA will offer another online ordering option for those who don’t know a Girl Scout. Customers nationwide can enter a zip code into the Girl Scout Cookie Finder to locate a local troop from which to purchase cookies via the Digital Cookie platform and have them shipped to their homes or donated to first responders or other local organizations.

Photo by: Laura Molina/Photo courtesy of Girl Scouts

Laura Molina/Photo courtesy of Girl Scouts

“Like other people running small businesses, Girl Scouts are growing their cookie sale online to connect to consumers who may be harder to reach during the pandemic, all while staying resilient and learning skills such as money management, goal setting and customer service,” Judith Batty, interim GSUSA CEO, said in a news release. “We are excited to open virtual cookie booths beginning February 1 to customers who don’t know a Girl Scout so they can still support girls during this challenging time for all of us.”

Bottom line: In 2021, no one will need to miss out on their Girl Scout Cookie faves or the new-this-year toast-shaped, icing-dipped, French-toast inspired cookie, Toast-Yay!

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