HUDSON VALLEY, NY — There is no way to be certain Thin Mints are your favorite Girl Scout cookie, unless you’ve tried each kind of Girl Scout cookie and with a new cookie being introduced this year, your mission is clear.
In addition to the usual lineup of cookies – Thin Mints, Samoas, and Tagalongs, Lemonades, Do-Si-Dos, and more – the scouts have introduced a new cookie: Adventurefuls. The Girl Scouts say that they are “indulgent brownie-inspired cookies topped with caramel flavored creme with a hint of sea salt.”
Girl Scout cookie season doesn’t officially start until Feb. 11, but it’s never too early to start planning.
“The Girl Scout Cookie Program is an outstanding opportunity for girls to hone their business and interpersonal skills, not to mention the resilience, creativity, and flexibility our Girl Scouts have displayed throughout the past two years,” Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson CEO Marie Reger said. “We are so excited to kick off GSHH’s Girl Scout Cookie Season on Friday, February 11 and to see how girls throughout the Hudson Valley meet their goals this year.”
Every Girl Scout Cookie purchase helps to fund local Girl Scouts’ adventures throughout the year. The fundraising allows the scouts to explore what interests them, discover their passions and take action on issues they care about, according to the organization.
“Whether they’re using their STEM skills to solve a problem, changing a law to help their community, having a courageous outdoor experience, or starting an innovative nonprofit, Girl Scouts build a better future for themselves and the world,” the organization said. “And through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, including earning new Cookie Business badges, girls get a taste of being entrepreneurs and learn important online and offline business skills that set them up for success in life.”
This year, the Girl Scouts will again face some unwelcome challenges to getting cookie boxes in the hands of an adoring public. As the third calendar year into a global pandemic opens, the young entrepreneurs are well-practiced at selling cookies in creative, socially distant, and contact-free ways to keep themselves and their customers safe.
Girl Scouts will still run outdoor cookie booths that follow local, state, and CDC guidelines, but if you know a Girl Scout, ask how she’s selling cookies via the Digital Cookie online platform for direct shipment or local delivery. In addition, beginning February 18, cookie aficionados can enter their zip code to purchase cookies online from a local troop for direct shipment or donation to local causes.
There is also an app for that.
Beginning Feb. 11, a new collaboration with DoorDash kicks off. In the Hudson Valley, local Girl Scouts will track and fulfill orders, manage inventory in partnership with DoorDash. In Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, and Sullivan counties, consumers can order Girl Scout Cookies for pickup or delivery on DoorDash.com or the DoorDash app.
All proceeds benefit Girl Scout troops and Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, Inc., powering amazing experiences for girls and facilitation of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
How To Safely Purchase Girl Scout Cookies This Season:
- If you know a registered Girl Scout, reach out to her to find out how she’s selling cookies in ways that meet local and state safety protocols.
- Visit DoorDash.com or download the app to find out if and when on-demand delivery is available in Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson by searching for “Girl Scouts.” If not immediately available, continue to check back in to find a local troop nearby.
- Beginning February 18, enter your zip code into the Girl Scout Cookie Finder at www.girlscoutcookies.org to find a booth near you, to purchase cookies from a local Girl Scout troop for delivery, or to donate cookies to first responders and local causes.