Selling Girl Scout cookies? There's an app for that Bria and Shirell practice selling cookies on one of two new digital platforms (AP photo / girlscouts.org)
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The Girl Scouts are going digital to sell you cookies.

For the first time since sales began nearly 100 years, Girl Scouts of the USA will allow its young go-getters to push their wares using a mobile app or personalized websites.

But only if their scout councils and guardians say OK.

"Girls have been telling us that they want to go into this space," said Sarah Angel-Johnson. She is chief digital cookie executive for the organization. It covers about 2 million girls. "Online is where entrepreneurship is going."

Now the cookies can be shipped directly to your doorstep.

More than 1 million scouts were expected to opt in as cookie-selling season begins this month. Digital sales are intended to enhance, not replace, the paper spreadsheets. They have been used to generate an estimated $800 million in cookie sales a year. Cookies cost anywhere from $3.50 to $5 a box.

There are important e-lessons here, scout officials said. They include tracking goals, learning to handle customers and money in a new way, and more efficiently processing credit card information.

"A lot of people have asked, 'What took you so long to get online?' said Kelly M. Parisi. She is chief communications executive for Girl Scouts of the USA.

Councils were offered one of the two platforms but not both. For web-based sales, scouts customize their pages. They use their first names only, and email prospective customers with links to click on for orders. They can also put up videos.

The mobile platform can be used on a phone or tablet.

"They can get them quicker than waiting for me to deliver them because sometimes it takes me a long time to deliver," offered 11-year-old Priscilla. The adults at a preview event asked that only first names of scouts be used.

Added 7-year-old Anna: "My favorite part is that now I can sell more Girl Scout cookies." She pulled down about 200 boxes last year. This year, she has upped her goal to 600.

Girl Scouts use their cookie money to pay for community service work or troop activities such as camping and other trips.

The websites will not be accessible without an email invitation. They will require the girls to build client lists. And personal information is as protected as any digits out there, for both the scouts and customers.

Critical thinking challenge: Why do you think it took Girl Scouts so long to start selling cookies online?

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COMMENTS (113)
  • ateyal-Orv
    12/09/2014 - 04:36 p.m.

    the=at is so not fair they finally figure how to do that and i am in 8Th grade that is so messed up. you know ca int to buy cookies

  • senecar-Fit
    12/09/2014 - 04:39 p.m.

    I think it took girl scouts so long to start selling cookies online because they wanted to keep a tradition by selling them manually. The girl scouts also had to know how to get orders and deliver them from online. Many girls do not know how to program that type of stuff. Also in paragraph nine it says that the girl scouts had to choose between selling the manually or online. They can only do one of the other.

  • TrinityARainbow
    12/09/2014 - 05:34 p.m.

    I think it took girl scouts so long to get online because making a website costs a lot and is a hard process. I love that they made a website so I can by cookies online.,

  • KalebDBabyBlue
    12/09/2014 - 05:34 p.m.

    I really enjoyed this article that now you can buy it off the Internet and it is safe to buy and you can get some if you never find girl scouts to buy hem this was a smart idea.

  • mollyb-Orv
    12/09/2014 - 05:48 p.m.

    Its funny because I thought they would have already done this. People sell things for other fundraisers online, so I thought that Girl Scout would have done this before. I actually think this is a good idea, it is an easy way to get money for your girl scout group.

  • Ndemucci-3
    12/09/2014 - 06:47 p.m.

    I always see girl scouts trying to sell cookies in front of a store but i never would have thought you could buy them from an app.People sometimes say that theirs an app for everything and hears one. I find it so fascinating that some of them want to even want to go up into space. The app is supposed to make things faster. Honestly i think its good that they made an app just for girl scouts.

  • APangaro-1
    12/09/2014 - 07:11 p.m.

    For those who are in love with the famous Girl Scout cookies, you can now order them from your mobile device! More than 1 million scouts were excepted to help sell because cookie-selling season begins this month. Estimated sales come to about $800 million a year. Individual cookie boxes range from $3.50 to $5. Now that there is an app for selling these cookies, more and more boxes can be sold. Girl Scout goals are increasing since it has become much easier to sell cookies. I think that forming this app was a great idea because Girl Scouts can now sell twice as many cookies as their previous year.

  • John0724-YYCA
    12/09/2014 - 08:35 p.m.

    Now people are going to do everything on internet these days like school because the government is going to trying to make most of the school stuff in technology. I do not know if this is a good thing but I hope it is because if not some major mistakes could happen. But girl scout cookies on online are pretty impressive so the girls do not have to go to other people's house and ask if they want cookies and the people order it online.

  • GregS-mai
    12/09/2014 - 08:52 p.m.

    Thought question:
    The reason it took so long for girl scout cookies to be sold on line is because according to the article, "Councils were offered one of the two platforms but not both." They were not allowed.
    Thoughts:
    I feel like this isn't helping. Girl Scouts should be selling cookies the old fashioned way. With parent supervision of course. But this is just proving that the digital age will take over. On the other hand, this will help more boxes be sold, implying that the girls will be more motivated. I'm kind of in the middle.

  • BrandonT-4
    12/09/2014 - 09:26 p.m.

    Girl Scouts are making an online account that you can buy from and the cookies go straight to your door. This is gonna up sales for Girl Scouts. Americans are gonna get bigger and this is why Americans are fat buying food from home to home.

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