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Those devious little dessert-hawking munchkins who normally park their green-clad butts outside your local Vons are now going to start selling Girl Scout cookies online, USA Today reports. Which will make it that much more convenient to order way too many boxes of Samoas, Do-si-dos, Tagalongs and Thin Mints.
The Girl Scouts of the USA's new program, adorably called Digital Cookie, allows Scouts to take orders via email. Participating Scouts will have a personal cookie web page where people can place orders. The page will also track cookie sales, days remaining and percentage of goal reached. The content of the page must be approved by the Scout's parents — as if a Girl Scout would post anything untoward!
The digital development allows Scouts to reach customers they would not otherwise — including family and friends in other states who previously could have begged off. A mobile app, used in some areas, will allow the Scouts to swipe your credit card and ship the cookies to you directly.
But after almost 100 years of awkward in-person transactions, you'll still see the forest-hued females going door-to-door and stationed outside retail stores. Digital just adds a “new layer,” Kelly Parisi, chief communications executive of GSUSA, told USA Today.
Would that be a delicious caramel layer?
Some things won't be changing, however: All of the net revenue from cookie sales will stay with the Scout council that sponsors the sale. Girls decide how to spend the money raised from their troop's cookie sales and reinvest it in their communities. The cookies still go for just $5 a box.
“And did you know that Girl Scout Cookies are SO much more than just delicious treats? Every time you buy a box, you help girls learn five essential skills – goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics – all while helping them better themselves and their communities,” according to the Girl Scout Cookies website. “How cool is that? They learn, earn and have tons of fun – and they couldn't do it without you!”
The majority of the 112 Girl Scout councils across the nation are testing the new digital program during this cookie season, which starts in early February in Los Angeles. More councils are expected to be on board by the end of 2015, according to the Girl Scouts.
Lord help us all.