Girl Scouts get creative to continue cookie sales

Girl Scouts in Troop 1039 selling at Muscatine Hy-Vee in 2020.

MUSCATINE, Iowa–Despite its reputation as a cold and gray month, many people look forward to February because it heralds the start of Girl Scout Cookie season. This year, Girl Scout troops across Muscatine County will continue their annual fundraiser using a variety of creative strategies to make it safer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

From Feb. 5 through March 14, local Girl Scouts will sell cookies in several different ways. For those looking for a contactless delivery option, many scouts will utilize the Digital Cookie platform. This option will allow people to purchase cookies online and have the Girl Scout selling them drop them off without ever having to have in person contact. “We are encouraging online ordering as much as possible to promote contactless sales,” emphasized Melissa McNally, a volunteer with Girl Scouts in Muscatine County. She elaborated, “customers order and pay online, then the scout delivers cookies to customers’ doorsteps.”

Girl Scouts will also host two drive through cookie locations, allowing shoppers to choose and pay for their cookies from their cars. Located in the Jefferson and Mulberry Elementary School parking lots, scouts will operate these locations from 4 to 7 p.m. each Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. At both locations, girls will wear masks and practice social distancing and also make a point of sanitizing their selling area frequently.

Along with these new options, scouts will continue to use time honored selling methods with some updates to make them safer. Girls will have socially distanced booths set up at Blain’s Farm and Fleet, Fareway, the Muscatine Mall main entrance, and Shoe Sensation. These booths will operate on the same schedule as the drive through locations, and will follow the same sanitation and safety protocols. Additionally, Girl Scouts will continue to sell door to door with their classic order cards while wearing masks and maintaining social distancing as much as possible to keep themselves and their customers safe. Girl Scouts will also have the option to open smaller cookie booths of their own in their neighborhoods.

As Muscatine County’s Girl Scouts of all ages gear up to begin selling cookies this season, McNally believes they will rise to the challenge and keep their cookie sales as successful and safe as in previous years. “Scouts are very adaptable and creative when it comes to navigating obstacles and problems,” she said: “The pandemic is no different, and we have come up with some creative solutions to help make cookie sales safer for both the scout and the customer, including drive through booths and contactless delivery. Scouts are up to the challenge, and will strive to make this cookie season not only a success, but safe for all those involved.”

If you would like to learn more about cookie sales in Muscatine County and what varieties scouts will sell, you may ask a scout or visit the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois website.