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For the first time ever, Girl Guide cookies will be available for online purchase in Canada.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Girl Guides across the country had to find ways to sell their cookies, as it’s a huge source of fundraising for them.

But now, boxes of their classic cookies or chocolatey mint cookies will be available to purchase online, from a specific Girl Guide or from the organization itself.

Previously, Canadians were able to go online, purchase cookies and donate them to an organization that may be struggling during the pandemic.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Girl Guides across the country had to find ways to sell their cookies, as it's a huge source of fundraising for them.

U.S. Girl Scouts to sell cookies online, but Canada’s Girl Guides won’t follow

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It’s not economically feasible to sell cookies online, organization says

Girl Guides of Canada will not be following its U.S. counterpart, Girl Scouts, by selling cookies in cyberspace.

Girl Scouts says its members will be going digital, but the Canadian organization claims its girls are better off keeping it old school and sticking to the streets.

Girl Scouts unveiled Digital Cookie today, a platform where girls can push cookies online. They can invite customers via email to buy the goods from their personal marketing website. Or they can take in-person orders using a mobile app that accepts credit cards and arranges direct shipping. Customers can also buy online from a general site.

Online opportunities

Girl Scouts will continue to knock on doors with boxes in hand. But the organization says the online platform will help girls become the technological leaders of tomorrow. Girl Scouts points out that only a small number of women are CEOs of technology firms.

“Digital Cookie has the potential to help change this reality,” claims a Girl Scouts news release, because it will “help girls learn 21st-century skills grounded in technology.”

“Digital Cookie is a game-changer for Girl Scouts,” said Girl Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chávez in a statement. She adds that it, “If you buy Girl Scout cookies online this year, you could be helping to prepare the next female leader of a global tech giant who changes our world forever.”

Girl Guides sticks with tradition

But Girl Guides of Canada is not buying in to the technological cookie revolution. In a statement, spokesperson Mike Sheeler told CBC News, “Girl Guide Cookies are currently not sold online as we do not want to lose the face-to-face interaction between girls and the supporting public.”

He also said the organization has deemed the venture would not be economically feasible.

Sheeler said Guides are not allowed to sell online on their own initiative “due to safety concerns.”

Girl Scouts said its cyber site emphasizes safety for both customers and the girls. The organization mandates that parents monitor the online cookie ventures and that both girls and their parents take an “internet safety pledge.”

The organization believes Digital Cookie will only get bigger in the future as it works to perfect its platform.

No need here say some

But no matter how high tech Girl Scouts gets, Jill Burgin doesn’t believe her two Girl Guide daughters will be missing out by not peddling their wares online.

“They get more than enough online experiences. They don’t need to have it in their Girl Guides as well,” said the Toronto parent.

She believes an emphasis on online sales could eventually end the tradition of girls going door to door, calling that sad.

“It’s important for the kids to get out and talk to people,” Burgin said.

Her daughter, Samantha, agrees. The eleven-year-old is currently selling Girl Guide cookies in her neighbourhood. She says she wouldn’t sell any online, even if she had the option.

“I would probably have more fun just selling door to door where you get to go outside and do it instead of just going on your computer,” she said.

She adds that some girls don’t have computers at home and might feel left out.

In the U.S., some regions will start selling cyberspace cookies in mid-December. Cookie season, including digital sales, for most Girls Scouts councils will begin in January.

Girl Guides are selling their chocolatey mint cookies this month. They will take their classic chocolate and vanilla sandwich version to the streets in the spring.

Girl Guides of Canada will not be following its U.S. counterpart, Girl Scouts, by selling cookies in cyberspace. ]]>