For cookie sales starting Feb. 13, Brentwood, Oakley and Discovery Bay Girl Scouts are teaming up with Intuit’s GoPayment mobile platform to launch a councilwide pilot program for accepting debit and credit cards on cookie purchases. From Feb. 13 to March 18, local troops will go door-to-door and operate booths across Northern California. Priced at $4 per box, the Scouts offer eight delectable cookies to choose from: Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Dulce de Leche, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Thank U Berry Munch and the new Savannah Smiles, a crisp, lemon wedge centennial specialty named to commemorate the birthplace of Girl Scouts USA in Savannah, Georgia in 1912.
Thanks to the free Girl Scout cookie locator mobile app, smartphone users and cookie-seekers can search for local sales or by ZIP code, share locations with friends, add sale dates to their calendars and discover their own Girl Scout Cookie Personality. The app also provides nutritional details on each cookie and allows customers to sign up for e-mail alerts when cookie booths spring up, fully loaded with locations by Feb. 13. Users can download through the iPhone app store and Android marketplace.
Proceeds from these once-a-year treats inspire girls of all ages to become confident, learn about financial literacy and provide funds for service projects, learning programs and fees for camps and memberships. The Gift of Caring program allows customers to purchase boxes and have them donated directly to the military to bring a taste of home to troops overseas, or to a local food bank to bring cheer to those in need.
To learn more about Girl Scouts of Northern California, visit www.girlscoutsnorcal.org.