MERIDEN – Girl Scouts are selling cookies again amid the uncertainty caused by the ongoing pandemic.
Meriden Girl Scout troop leader Leigh Neumon said that despite the challenges, the Girl Scouts were able to bring a sense of normalcy to the girls involved.
“When it comes to the pandemic, it’s been a bit of a challenge,” she said. “But we really try to do things as safely as possible. We get the girls out as much as possible, they wear masks and social distance. »
Neumon has a troupe of six girls who, in the past, sold cookies in front of Stop & Shop and inside the Boscov department store.
She is currently working out the details of when and where her troop will be able to sell cookies this spring.
The Girl Scouts introduce a new cookie – the “Adventurfuls” – a brownie-inspired cookie with caramel creme and a hint of sea salt.
It joins the other eight offerings, including “Thin Mints” and “Samoas.”
According to a press release, the Girl Scouts will continue to sell cookies in a socially distanced way as “Digital Cookie” – an online platform that allows anyone to place an order and have it shipped to them for an additional fee.
“What I’ve noticed is that girls are making a lot more digital cookies this year than ever before,” Neumon said.
According to the Girl Scouts of Connecticut 2019-2020 Annual Report, the number of boxes purchased through Digital Cookie increased by 64%.
Selling Cookies teaches Scouts about money management, goal setting, decision making, business ethics and interpersonal skills.
“It’s no surprise that 80% of female entrepreneurs have been Girl Scouts,” said Diana Mahoney, CEO of Girl Scouts of America, in a press release. “Having the opportunity to run their own cookie business gives them the essential tools to achieve their dreams today and in the future.”
If you don’t know of a Girl Scout, call 800-922-2770 to find cookies in your area.
“When you buy the delicious cookies you crave directly from a Girl Scout,” Mahoney said. “You’ll appreciate them more knowing you’re helping them gain the business intelligence and confidence to take on the world, one cookie at a time.”