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  Thin mints, tagalons and souls, oh, mine! 5,155 boxes of cookies sold by this Girl Scout

A Girl Scout named "Cookie CEO" after selling 5,155 boxes.


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It is an obsession that sweeps the nation every year. It destroys diets, breaks New Year's resolutions and wrecks lose on wallets everywhere. That time has come again: it's the Girl Scout Cookie Season.

Getting the hands of a box of Thin Mints or Samoas has never been so difficult – but the Girl Scouts Cookie program has come a long way in recent decades. The day to wait for the season to start and search your local grocery stores for an active Girl Scout squad is over. Now you can find sales dates, kitchen rooms and even digital cookies on your phone.

Here is the easiest way to find and buy Girl Scout Cookies:

Find out if there are cookies in your area yet

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The Girl Scout Cookie Program is not just a fundraiser, it's a season – and it starts at another time depending on where you live. According to the organization's website, most kitchen sales take place between January and April, but the exact time they become available in your area is determined by the city council.

You can call the City Council to find out when the cake season starts in your area, but there is an easier way: just enter your zip code on the Girl Scout Cookies website and you will see a nice list of Cookie Booth sites and availability date.

Use the Scout Cookie Finder app tab

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Yes, it's really an app for that. Girl Scout Cookie Finder app is available both in the App Store and Google Play, and it does exactly what it sounds like: it tells you where to buy cookies. Using the phone's GPS, the app will give you a list of the nearest Girl Scout Cookie booths and the dates they sell. It also lets you add them to your calendar for you.

Buy Girl Scout Cookies Online with Digital Cookie Program

You want cookies, but you do not want to go out. We understand. So do Girl Scouts – and while it's not as easy as ordering snacks from Amazon Prime Pantry or DoorDash, you can absolutely order cookies over the internet. The only catch is that you must actually know a Girl Scout .

In 2014, Girl Scout launched the Digital Cookie program as a way to help girls expand their cake sales in the modern age. It basically gives every girl the opportunity to create a personalized cookie site or app that lets you order cookies directly from local scouts. If you do not personally know a Girl Scout and there are no nearby booths, try to find your local Girl Scout advice.

A big step forward

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The Girl Scouts are not strangers to the technology – the organization has brands for game development, space science and computer science – but cake sales have not always been so modern.

In 2009, Girl Scouts banned a North Carolina girl from selling cookies on her YouTube channel (but not until after selling 700 boxes). In 2013, the organization fought against girls who paid over PayPal and said on Twitter that the payment would happen in person to help build "people's skills". These days, online sales and digital payment methods are just a natural part of the Girls Scout cookie season, and are as common in cookies as safes.

It's hardly a surprise, either – innovative girls have found ways to sell Girl Scout Cookies online since 1998 . Here is the future. And Cookies


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