Girl Scout entrepreneurs incorporate creative, socially distant approaches to safely deliver Girl Scout Cookies to the public.
Girl Scouts across Central Florida are not letting the pandemic get in the way of managing their 2021 cookie business, which officially begins January 24. Always resourceful, it is not surprising to see that local girls are instilling creativity in this year’s Girl Scout Cookie Program, the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world.
From setting up online commerce sites and facilitating orders that ship directly to customers’ doors, to filming promotional videos for social media, scheduling virtual and drive-thru cookie booths, and incorporating safe contact-free sales methods at traditional cookie booths – girls are covering all the bases. And, through a new national collaboration, Girl Scouts of the USA is partnering with Grubhub for contact-free pickup and delivery of orders. The program will give girls a hands-on experience in managing e-commerce as they track and fulfill orders placed through Grubhub’s back-end technology. Girl Scouts of Citrus is grateful to Grubhub for waiving all fees to make this new delivery option feasible for sales without reducing proceeds.
Girls learn five essential skills through the Girl Scout Cookie Program – goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. All cookie proceeds stay local, supporting the success of communities in Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Volusia counties, while helping to build the next generation of female entrepreneurs.
Consumers can support Girl Scouts by purchasing Thin Mints®, Peanut Butter Patties®, Shortbread®, and more in a few different ways:
- If you know a registered Girl Scout, reach out to her to find out how she’s selling cookies in ways that meet local and state safety protocols.
- Local Girl Scouts will be holding virtual and drive-thru cookie booths throughout Central Florida.
- If you don’t know a Girl Scout, contact Girl Scouts of Citrus Council to be connected with a local troop.
- Visit www.grubhub.com/food/girl_
scouts to order via contact-free delivery from Grubhub in Central Florida.
- Girl Scouts is grateful to local companies, including Publix and WalMart, for opening space outside their retail locations for Girl Scouts to sell cookies in a safe and socially distant manner, when allowed by local COVID-19 guidelines.
- Beginning February 1, enter your zip code into the Girl Scout Cookie Finder or download the cookie finder app at https://www.girlscouts.org/en/
cookies/cookies.html to find booth locations, virtual booths and drive-thru booths.
- Keeping your New Year’s resolution to limit sugar in your diet? You can still support your local Girl Scout by purchasing cookies through the Care to Share initiative, which will send cookies to various military branches worldwide and to Second Harvest Food Bank, a local nonprofit organization that collects, stores, and distributes donated food to help feed our neighbors who need help.
About Girl Scouts of Citrus Council
Girl Scouts of Citrus is the premier leadership organization for girls, serving nearly 11,000 girls and 7,000 adults in Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Volusia Counties. The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. For more information, visit www.citrus-gs.org