Drive-thru booths, contactless delivery: How Girl Scout cookie season works amid COVID-19

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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Girl Scout cookie season is not crumbling.

Cookie sales begin Jan. 31 and Girl Scouts of Colorado has announced a range of pandemic-friendly ways to buy your boxes, from socially-distant porch drop-offs of cookie orders to a collaboration with food delivery service Grubhub.

This year’s cookie options include classics like thin mints, samoas, tagalongs, trefoils, dos-si-dos and lemon-ups, which are all $4 per package. S’mores cookies and gluten-free toffee-tastics will be $5 per package. 

Girl Scout cookie season will end March 7. 

Here’s how to …

… Find a cookie booth

Girl Scouts of Colorado has permission to set up cookie booths at some of their usual spots, including some Walmart, Safeway and King Soopers locations, according to the organization’s public relations director AnneMarie Harper. But in these crazy times, scouts will also be adapting their operations to include virtual and drive-thru booth options. To find a booth, text COOKIES (message and data rates may apply) to 59618. You can also use the Girl Scout Cookie Finder smartphone app to find cookie booths in your area.

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… Order online

Don’t know a girl scout? Starting Feb. 1, you can order cookies and have them shipped to you directly from a local troop. Just head to www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/cookies, enter your ZIP code and place your order.

Starting Feb. 12, Girl Scout troops in select locations — including near Girl Scouts of Colorado’s regional Loveland office — will take part in a national collaboration with food delivery service Grubhub. The public can order cookies for contact-free pickup and delivery through the Grubhub site and Girl Scouts, using Grubhub’s back-end technology, will track and fulfill orders. Proceeds made from this collaboration will stay in Colorado, according to Girl Scouts of Colorado.

Erin Udell reports on news, culture, history and more for the Coloradoan. Contact her at ErinUdell@coloradoan.com. The only way she can keep doing what she does is with your support. If you subscribe, thank you. If not, sign up for a digital subscription to the Coloradoan today.