Our local Girl Scout council, Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways (GSNYPENN) has had its girls participating in the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program® during the COVID-19 pandemic, but still managing to keep the girls safe from virus exposure by using creative ways to get cookies in the hands of enthusiasts.

Cookies officially arrived across the council’s 26-county territory and just in time for  National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend (February 19-21) which celebrates the learning, excitement and fun selling cookies has powered for girls for 104 years.

According to NYPenn Pathways, "The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world. Girls develop important life and leadership skills—goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—for a lifetime of success. This year, girls are flexing their entrepreneurial and leadership skills even further as they overcome challenges to more traditional face-to-face and walk-up sales in light of the pandemic."

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In order to sell cookies in a contactless way, girl scouts have been doing a few different things:

- using a personal Digital Cookie online order link to connect with friends, family and neighbors, which ship cookies directly to customers.

- utilizing platforms like FaceTime and Zoom to host virtual cookie booths.

- doing drive-thru booths for contactless sales.

Clearly, girl scouts have been learning an important lesson through all of this, that when you get creative and try doing things in a different way, you can still accomplish your goals and be successful.

To learn how to connect with GSNYPENN troops selling cookies and locate local drive-thru booths by visiting buygirlscoutcookiesnow.com.

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