December 2, 2014 9:48:16 AM
Your next Girl Scout cookie craving could be satisfied at the click of a button. Cookie sales in the Golden Triangle are going digital.
Beginning Jan. 10, 2015, Girl Scouts of America will sell their cookies online, according to Kristen Posey Russell, director of communication and creative services with Girl Scouts Heart of The South. An app for smartphones has also been created.
Posey Russell said the new online sales feature is a way for the organization to stay relevant, as well as teach the scouts life lessons.
Selling online is a way to "keep up to the times and make sure the girls are prepared for their future in the digital age," Posey Russell said Monday.
In order to buy online, consumers must still know a Girl Scout and use her information to complete the sale. By taking sales digital, friends and relatives in other parts of the country can support a scout they may not have been able to otherwise, Posey Russell said. Consumers can purchase the cookies for $4 a box and are responsible for shipping costs. However, scouts can still deliver the boxes to those who purchase online with their parents permission. In order to ensure the girl's safety, parents have to sign off on all deliveries, Posey Russell said.
Girl Scout favorites will be on the online menu, as well as two new cookies: "Rah rah raisin" and gluten free addition "Toffee Tastic."
Although sales are available online, Scouts will continue the tradition of selling in front of stores. Cookie Locator is an app for smartphones that provides information about where scouts are selling and what days. All money raised by the girls stays with their local troop, Posey Russell said. In 2013-2014, there were 39 troops and 762 scouts in the Golden Triangle. For those girls, the scout's annual cookie sale means more than just selling cookies, Posey Russell said.
"The Girl Scout cookie program teaches girls valuable skills, confidence and character to make the world a better place," she said. "By buying a box of cookies, you're investing in a girl and the possibilities that she can become in the future. It's so much more than just a cookie."
Cookie sales continue until March 22. To buy a box, visit girlscoutshs.org.
Sarah Fowler covered crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.
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