Is this worth Brownie points?

The Girl Scouts of America will be selling cookies online:

[T]he online sales program has only been rolled out in select areas, according to The New York Times, but the plan is to go national come January. So that’s one awesome way to start the new year.

Along with their practice of selling the cookies door-to-door and to your mom at her workplace, Girl Scouts will now be able to use a “Digital Cookie” to sell boxes online. It sounds like a cool mix between a cookie app, and a cookie website, where Girl Scouts can create their own page to reach friends and family.

“Girls across the country now can use modern tools to expand the size and scope of their cookie business, and learn vital entrepreneurial lessons in online marketing, application use and e-commerce,” Sarah Angel-Johnson, who is in charge of the new digital cookie approach, told the Times. That’s actually kind of awesome when you think about the business lessons these young girls will be learning well before they even reach high school.

I can see giving the girls an app to take orders — that piece of cardstock they’ve been carrying since the French and Indian War is as low-tech as you can possibly get without falling back on cuneiform — but I can’t help but think we’re losing something here.


  1. fillyjonk »

    2 December 2014 · 10:20 am

    Next up: drone delivery. (I bet they could earn a robotics badge or something with that).

    I admit I dropped out of Girl Scouts when the cookie-selling thing started up. I HATED selling stuff (for GS, for band, for school in general). It was torture for me and I didn’t have parents who would conveniently take my order form into work and expect their colleagues to pony up….I had to trudge door to door, only to find the more aggressive neighborhood kids had got there first. Hated it.

  2. backwoods conservative »

    2 December 2014 · 10:37 am

    I know what I would be losing. I buy cookies from the same lady every year, which means that once a year I get to lay eyes on one of the most gorgeous ladies I’ve ever met. I think I’ll pass on the online option, at least for now.

  3. Roger Green »

    3 December 2014 · 7:40 am

    Agreed. Actual human interaction losing out again.

  4. Charles Pergiel »

    3 December 2014 · 9:23 am

    I suppose some people buy their cookies because they REALLY like them, and I suppose some people buy them so they can check off the box on their mental list of ‘good things I must do’, but I suspect most people buy them because little girls ask them to. But then I live in a cave. What do I know?

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