Wow! We are so grateful to all of our volunteers and families for supporting girls and troops in their Cookie Program experience. Together, we had a wildly successful (and at times challenging) opening weekend.
If it felt extra, extra busy, at our cookie cupboards that’s because it was. During this weekend’s cupboards, nearly three times the number of cookies were distributed than in the same weekend last year! That is very good news for girls. However, the high volume of large orders (sometimes in the hundreds of cases) affected the timing and wait times for the appointment system on Saturday, as well as inventory levels in some cupboards on Sunday. Thank you for your patience and understanding if you found yourself navigating long wait times or were not able to receive your cookies at cupboards.
We must also recognize that the pandemic continues and could disrupt the program in unpredictable ways. The Rochester cookie cupboard closed on Sunday morning due to a report of a possible exposure of one of the staff who had worked there. The person has since tested negative for COVID, and we are relieved. We take safety precautions and protocols very seriously for the health and safety of members, volunteers, and staff.
Inventory issues and/or closures or changes due to COVID may be a possibility all season. We value your time and will make efforts to reach you about issues that impact your upcoming cupboard appointment, but please be sure to check Cookie Central and the Cookie Cupboards volunteer web page for the most up-to-date information about the cookie program, including cupboards, inventory, closures, or any other news you need.
We appreciate your feedback as we make adjustments and prepare for your future cupboard visits and whatever new challenge or opportunity the season sends our way. And we are truly grateful for the grace that was shown to everyone working in the cupboards this past weekend. Some of you brought snacks and beverages to volunteers, offered to jump in and help, and really lived the Girl Scout promise. As hard as this can be, we are all in this together – making sure that Girl Scouts is there for every girl. Thank you!
The Girl Scout Cookie Program is off to an amazing start. Thank you for embracing new ways of participating in the cookie program and helping girls reach their goals. We got this!