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Girl Scouts Selling Cookies Online

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A girl selling Girl Scout cookies. Image: Drmies
A girl selling Girl Scout cookies. Image: Drmies

For the first time, Girl Scout cookies will be available to purchase over the Internet.

Most people are familiar with Girl Scouts (in the United States—”Girl Guides” in Canada) selling cookies in person.

But now in the US, they’re available online through a “Digital Cookie” website.

A media release from the Girl Scouts says that selling cookies helps teach girls about “goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.” Now that they are also available online, girls can also learn about “online marketing, app usage and ecommerce.”

Cookies will still be sold in person by Girl Scouts. But members of the Girl Scouts will also be able to send an email to customers to invite them to visit their personalized cookie website where people can order cookies and have them delivered.

The Girl Scouts offer a dozen mouth-watering flavours including Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Sandwich and Shortbreads.

The Girl Guides in Canada aren’t selling their cookies online yet, but they can be followed on Twitter @girlguidecookie. In Canada, the delicious treats are still just $5 a box.

Related website
The Girl Scouts Digital Cookie website is here: http://www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_cookies/digitalcookie.asp

 

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
By Kathleen Tilly

Writing/Discussion Prompt
The Internet has changed how Girl Scouts sell cookies. Before, Girl Scouts walked from door-to-door asking people if they would like to buy a box. Now people can purchase boxes of cookies online. This is a very big change!*

Think of 10 other things that the Internet has changed.

Reading Prompt: Responding To and Evaluating Texts 
Do you think Girl Guides will learn more by selling cookies to people face-to-face, or do you think they will learn more selling cookies online?

Primary
Express personal opinions about ideas presented in texts (OME, Reading: 1.8).

Junior
Make judgments and draw conclusions about the ideas and information in texts and cite stated or implied evidence from the text to support their views (OME, Reading: 1.8).

Language Feature: Adjectives
What is your favourite cookie? Think of as many adjectives as you can to describe this delicious treat.

 

*In an earlier version this said Girl Guides instead of Girl Scouts. It has been changed; we apologize for the typo.