What is a Cookie Drive-thru?


It goes without saying that the way we receive product has exponentially altered over the course of these last 12 months. Whether it’s selecting curbside delivery for restaurant orders or having your groceries delivered to your door, we’ve all had to adjust our expectations about how we receive the products we are accustomed to having. The same holds true for how customers will receive their cookie orders during the 2021 Girl Scout Cookie Program. 

What is a Cookie Drive-thru? 

A Cookie Drive-thru is somewhat self-explanatory. Girl Scouts will arrive onsite with Girl Scout Cookies in hand. Customers will be able to drive up to the Girl Scouts station, pay for their order and receive their cookies without having to leave the comfort of their vehicle. Today’s Girl Scouts recognize the importance of creating an effortless experience for the customer, which is why you’ll see many girls utilizing contactless payment features through mobile devices.   

Why is a Cookie Drive-thru Important? 

The Cookie Drive-thru presents a way to keep Girl Scout Troops safe as they participate in the Cookie Program and engage with the customers. The Cookie Drive-thru is not a new concept to the Girl Scout Cookie Program and we anticipate they will become much more prevalent during this year’s program. 


For over a century, the Girl Scout Cookie Program has adapted and persevered in the face of certainty and uncertainty. It is without a doubt that the repercussions of this global pandemic will have a permanent impact on how Girl Scouts sell cookies but if we know anything about these aspiring entrepreneurs, it is that they are up to the challenge and will continue to use courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place for years to come.  


To find where Girl Scouts are selling cookies near you, visit girlscouts.org/findcookies 

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Cookie Season is Upon Us!

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Now, more than ever, the comfort and familiarity of biting into a delicious Girl Scout Cookie is needed. Our Girl Scouts are ready to build their business, reach their goals, and meet the cookie demand! 

Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania will begin selling cookies on January 15th. Girls will have their order cards until February 12th to take orders AND will be creating their cookie website so customers can order online. Customers can even order online and skip the shipping fee by choosing in-person girl delivery until February 12th. (Those cookies will arrive in March) 

Cookies will arrive in mid-March. Girls will fulfill their orders and then can go out into the world, safely of course, to continue reaching their goals! Contactless payment and delivery is an option all season long!  

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The cookie season ends on April 11th. Customers should make sure to stock up! Girl Scout Cookies are great in various recipes (find some hereand they freeze well! 

Here is GSHPA’s Cookie Line Up for 2021:  

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Ready to buy some cookies?! Beginning Friday, January 15th, you can go to our website and found out where to get cookies in your area!

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Cookies- Staff Story

I remember when I was in high school and I took my cookie order card with me to school. None of the other girls in my troop wanted to take theirs, but I loved being a Girl Scout and I loved getting sales! So many people bought cookies from me that I was always the top seller in my troop. I did not mind asking friends, teachers, or anyone I came across if they wanted to help me reach my goals. One year, the cookie mascot was a moose, which is one of my favorite animals, so I was determined to win as many moose themed rewards as possible! Spoiler Alert: I did! And today, I am 33 years old, but I still love cookie rewards and stuffed animals!   

After graduation I moved onto college and while there I wanted to get a job on campus. I saw that the alumni department was looking for students to work on their phonathon, or call donation, team. I had never called people to ask for donations before, but I wanted a job and the hours worked with my schedule. So, I joined the alumni phonathon team!  Surprise, surprise… I was not afraid to pick up the phone, talk to strangers and ask for money to reach our goals. I had been doing this for years! In fact, I was one of the top performers for the alumni phonathon! As a college student, this was very exciting!  

After college I started a job in retail. One of the features of my company was a rewards program, if customers opened a credit card, they would get discounts and special promotions. Since asking customers to sign up for the credit card would intimidate a lot of employees, the company offered bonuses for those who brought in the most sign ups in a week! And again, I flourished! As you may have guessed I had no problem asking customers to open a credit card and I even noticed that my confidence and “pitch” was improving along the way.  

So where did my self-confidence in sales come from? The Girl Scout Cookie Program! I never took business courses in school, but I learned so much by setting goals and building my business as a Girl Scout. And I can see how my hard work and passion has made me successful throughout my life since.  

The GSHPA Girl Scout Cookie Program begins on January 15th, 2021. What will YOU learn this year?  

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GSHPA Holiday Gift Guide

Happy Holidays from Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA! We know this is a busy time of year with school, work, family, and of course Girl Scouts.  We want to help take something off your to-do list this season and have made you the ultimate gift giving guide for your Girl Scouts and adults!   

The four pillars of Girl Scouts, STEM, Outdoor, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship are always on our minds when planning our activities and programs so why not our gifts as well.  We have found items for each of the pillars that will inspire and encourage everyone to try something new or stay comfy with what they love.  

All of these items on our Girl Scout gift guide can be found in the Girl Scout Shop you will find something for everyone on your shopping list.  Click on over and see what you can find! 

Kids Saving the Rainforest

Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSTR) is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 by two nine-year-old girls with the purpose of educating people around the world about the ecological importance of the rainforest.  KSTR has many projects in which they are actively involved in, including a wildlife rehabilitation center!

As part of the wildlife rehabilitation center, we raise baby animals abandoned by their mothers and release them back into the wild. We placed 136 monkey bridges over the roads to prevent harm to wildlife, including the titi monkeys, who have been on the Critically Endangered UN Red List since 1997.  When we started the program in 2000, there were only 1200 titi monkeys left in the world, now there are estimated to be 5700! 

We have a Wildlife Sanctuary for non-releasable animals, this sanctuary has educational tours to teach people of all ages about the rainforest, its destruction, and we then empower them to contribute in saving the rainforest.

We have reforested over 17,400 trees to provide corridors, food, and shelter for the wildlife that we rescue, and have a donated property of 290 acres on which, we plan to naturally regrow 84,000 trees in a period of time.

The KSTR story and efforts to save the rainforest have been featured in many media outlets including Teen Magazine, Teen People, National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic for Kids, National Geographic TV Channel, BBC, Appleseeds, Owl Magazine, Wild Magazine, Nature’s Way, Get Outta Town TV Show, Amazing Kid Of the Month (April 2003, 2004) Young Eco Hero of Action For Nature, and Do Gooder of the Month (April 2004).

Learn more about us at our website. This year, we are excited that GSHPA is partnering with us! Girl Scouts who participate in the Fall Fundraiser Program and who reach the $1200 reward level can Sponsor a Sloth from Kids Saving the Rainforest!

GSHPA Retail is Back!

We are excited to announce that Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA Retail is back! We heard from many of our members and are excited to be back to offer some awesome Girl Scout merchandise! We began revamping our retail efforts earlier in 2020 and we are excited about the items, sales and much more we now have to offer to the members, families, and friends of GSHPA!

You may have even seen some of the recent retail events and sales we have been hosted over the last few months, such as our GSHPA “Girl Scout Strong” shirt sale, our Facebook Live Shopping Event and our GSHPA Neon shirt sale. You may have even seen our GSHPA Pop Up Shop at a recent Adult Enrichment event held at Camp Small Valley. If you have not yet heard about these retail events, or if you would just love more Girl Scout gear, we’ve got you! Expect to see even more sales and events like these throughout the year. We will share information about any upcoming retail sales and events on our official GSHPA social media pages and in various communications. As a reader of this blog post, we will even give you some insider info: be on the lookout for another GSHPA Facebook Live Shopping Event this fall!

In the meantime, don’t forget about the Girl Scouts Official Online Store – GirlScoutShop.com; your one-stop-shop for all Girl Scout-related items. The online store truly has it all, from uniforms and badges to sweatshirts and sleeping bags! As an added bonus, it is offering free shipping on all orders now through the rest of 2020!

As we promote sales and specials, we want to be sure you are aware of all the ways to buy Girl Scout items and make the most of your Girl Scout Retail experience. Additionally, as a reminder, Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania no longer has a brick-and-mortar store, so all purchases can be made online!

We know that the Girl Scout Online Store has a lot to offer! Did you know that your Girl Scout can use her GO! Dough to purchase that extra special item from the online store? Yes, she can! Did she earn GO! Dough from the GSHPA Cookie Program or GSHPA Fall Product Program? If so, she can use her hard-earned GO! Dough to purchase that fun Girl Scout gear she’s had her eye on from GirlScoutShop.com. T To shop with GO! Dough just fill out the form here or call Member Services, at 1-800-692-7816, and our team will be happy to help process her order.

The GSHPA Retail Team is so excited to bring new Girl Scout apparel and items to our members, families, and friends! Be on the lookout for upcoming retail sales and events on our social media pages!