Irvine, CA—Today Girl Scouts of Orange County and Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) kicked off a countdown to the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie season with the announcement of a new cookie available in Orange County and other select areas: Toast-Yay!™, a French toast–inspired cookie dipped in delicious icing and full of flavor in every bite. Girl Scouts of Orange County kicks off cookie season on January, 11, 2021 – March 7, 2021.
Amid challenging world events and a global pandemic this year, Orange County Girl Scouts created moments of joy by donating cookies earlier this year to thank frontline workers and using their cookie earnings to support their communities. When Girl Scout Cookie season returns in January, Toast-Yay! will give consumers a delicious new way to celebrate joy, alongside other local favorites like Lemonades®, S’mores®, Thin Mints® and Caramel deLites®. And while social distancing measures may continue to keep families and friends apart, cookie customers will be able to share joy and stay connected this season through a giftbox option that ships directly to their family and friends via the Smart Cookie online platform.
All cookies in Orange County will be available for $5 a package, except for Girl Scouts’ gluten-free Caramel Chocolate Chip, which will be $6 a package. Can’t wait for Girl Scout cookie season? Support your local Girl Scout by purchasing chocolate, nuts, and magazines during our Fall Product Program, Sept 26-Nov 8, 2020. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org to be connected to a local Girl Scout selling Fall Product in your area.
Consumers will also delight in knowing that their cookie purchase is an investment in girl leadership right here in Orange County. With every sale, the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls to think like entrepreneurs as they run their own small businesses and learn lifelong skills, like goal setting, people skills, and decision making—which are imperative for any leadership role. And, girls decide how to use their portion of the proceeds for unforgettable leadership experiences and community projects, while Girl Scouts of Orange County applies funds to help deliver nearly 20,000 girls in Orange County life-changing Girl Scout programs and experiences.
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. Locally, Orange County Girl Scouts sold 2,491,733 packages of cookies in 2020 and donated 46,607 packages of cookies to military troops and food banks.
In the 2021 season, Girl Scouts across Orange County 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 also offer physically distant or contactless sales and delivery options. If local guidelines allow, in-person sales may also be available, keeping girls’ safety top priority.
About Girl Scouts of Orange County
We are the Girl Scouts of Orange County. We are 33,000 strong-- nearly 20,000 girls and 13,000 adults who believe that every girl can change the world. Girl Scouts began over 100 years ago with one woman, Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low, who believed in the power of every girl. Today, we continue her vision of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place, by helping them discover their inner strength, passions, and talents. With programs in every zip code in Orange County, there are opportunities for every girl to do something amazing. We are the Girl Scouts. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit girlscoutsoc.org .