The Girl Scout Cookie Program is kicking off earlier than ever before in the upstate and midlands of South Carolina. Beginning December 15 cookie customers can order the Toast-Yay. alongside other favorites like Thin Mints and Caramel deLites. Though social distancing measures may keep families and friends apart, cookie customers will be able to share joy and stay connected this season through a gift box option that ships directly to others.

Toast-Yay. is a French toast–inspired cookie. In addition to the Toast-Yay, now is the time to stock your freezer with S’more favorites. This is the last year for Girl Scout S’mores Cookies.

Girl Scout Cookies from girls with Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands will be $5 a box this cookie season. Caramel Chocolate Chip Girl Scout Cookies, a gluten free option, will be $6 a box. With every sale, the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls to think like entrepreneurs as they run their own small businesses and learn skills like goal setting, people skills, and decision making. Girls decide how to use their portion of the proceeds for leadership experiences and community projects, while Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands depends on the funds to deliver Girl Scout programming to thousands of girls in the upstate and midlands of South Carolina.

As the COVID-19 pandemic became widespread during the 2020 cookie season, many girl entrepreneurs quickly changed their emphasis to virtual sales as they experienced the same challenges as other businesses. GSUSA also offered a new national online platform, Girl Scouts Cookie Care, that enabled customers to safely order cookies for home delivery or to donate cookies to first responders, volunteers, and local causes. Thanks to their customers, Girl Scouts donated millions of cookie packages nationally last season. In the 2021 season, Girl Scouts in the upstate and midlands of South Carolina will again embrace their entrepreneurial spirit by selling cookies through online platforms and innovative “virtual cookie booths” on social media (with parental supervision). Many girls will offer socially distant or contactless sales and delivery options.

“The Girl Scout Cookie Program builds confidence and teaches girls about financial literacy, sales, marketing, team building, and more,” said Girl Scouts of South Carolina-Mountains to Midlands CEO Lora Tucker. “For many girls this is their first business and they learn essential life skills.”

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