Girl Scouts will sell cookies online – but not in some parts of Minnesota


Here's the news all sweet-toothed people have been salivating for: You'll soon be able to buy boxes of Thin Mints online.

Well, unless you're in some parts of Minnesota.

After years of prohibiting online sales of their famous cookies, Girl Scouts of the USA announced troops are allowed to sell the treats online nationwide or in-person through a mobile app as part of the Digital Cookie program.

Excitement over this news spread across the Internet Monday:

But there's some bad news for Samoa-crazed Minnesotans: Not all troops will be joining the Web sales effort.

The Girl Scouts River Valleys (GSRV) council, which serves 40,000 girls in the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota, as well as western Wisconsin, opted out of the national program this year, after testing the Digital Cookie concept last year.

Reasons for doing so include: the cost of shipping ($11.25 minimum) is "non-competitive; credit card processing fees eat into revenue; there is uncertainty over customer privacy; and more, according to the council's website. The council says it may consider online sales for the 2016 cookie season, however.

The Digital Cookie program is available in other parts of Minnesota however. The Girl Scouts Minnesota and Wisconsin Lakes and Pines council (which serves girls in central and northern Minnesota and northeastern Wisconsin), and the Girl Scouts Dakota Horizon council (northwestern Minnesota and North Dakota), plan to use the new program.

How it works

It's important to note the Digital Cookie isn't an online store to buy Thin Mints and other goodies anytime you want.

Cookie seekers won't be able to order the treats online unless a Girl Scout contacts them during their council's cookie season (which is February and March for most of Minnesota – find your cookies here). Think of it as going door-to-door like the good ol' days, but via the Internet, Girl Scouts of the USA says.

In the past, the 3.2 million-member organization, sent girls door-to-door or had them set up a stand outside a grocery store as a learning experience for the scouts. But now the national organization has changed its tune, noting Internet sales could also teach valuable 21st Century skills, CNN Money notes.

“Girls across the country now can use modern tools to expand the size and scope of their cookie business,” Sarah Angel-Johnson, who directs the Digital Cookie effort, told the New York Times, “and learn vital entrepreneurial lessons in online marketing, application use and e-commerce.”

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