Booths: Sales are happening online and in person. Matthew Hall

It’s Girl Scout Cookie Season and while the annual booths are missing from local grocery stores and street corners, the entrepreneurial spirit remains strong with local girls who are adapting their sales techniques to the pandemic era.

Customers can enter their zip code into the Cookie Finder app on Android, Apple, or at to order cookies online from a local troop for shipment to your door or to donate cookies to first responders and local causes. Visit the Cookie Finder at

Individual scouts also have QR codes and direct links to support their sales efforts.

Standard cookies are $5 per box and specialty items are $6. Troops keep $1 of each sale and use the money to fund activities like overnight camps, international trips or to support their ongoing service projects.

“Girls are innovating new ways to market their cookie businesses and sell virtually while still giving their customers that classic buying experience. The cookie bosses of today are the business leaders of tomorrow and are getting a master class in real-world entrepreneurial skills,” remarked Theresa Edy-Kiene, Chief Executive Officer of GSGLA.

Piper Bolan, age 7, from troop 71625 said her troop plans to use the money for a camping trip and while she particularly enjoys counting the cash from her sales, the experience has also helped her with her math skills.

“Whenever we were opening the boxes and we still have to get the boxes, you had to figure out how many each of the people got and because each box has 12 and if somebody needed 11 you have to take one out and that was a lot of the stuff I did,” she said.

Bolan said she made some tags to put on neighboring houses that included a QR code so residents could implement contactless ordering directly from their phones. She also made a video advertising her sales.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program evolved from an event in Oklahoma in 1917 and, according to the local Girl Scout council, is now the nation’s leading business/entrepreneurial program run by girls. Organizers said the program has tremendous benefits to the scouts, including funding their year-round activities and providing an opportunity to develop a host of valuable life skills.

Winefred Peterson, age 6, said she has made several also made videos to support her sales efforts and while she had recorded some messages for family, learning to stick to a script was a lesson learned during this process.

“I think I had to do it four or five times,” she said. “Because I kind of got it wrong and my mom cut off some.”

When making her pitch to potential customers, Bolan said she sticks to the facts.

“I say Thin Mints are good and the and the other cookies are good too,” she said.

This year, customers can purchase, Tefoils, Do-si-dos, Samoas, Tagalongs, Thin Mints, Lemon-ups, Girl Scout S’mores and Toffee-tastics.