The Girl Scouts of NYPENN pathways wrapped up their annual cookie drive on March 28th and although it was less than the goal, the drive did surprisingly well in the midst of a global pandemic.

According to a news release from the Girl Scouts of NYPENN pathway, the annual cookie drive sold 1,260,493 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies.

The drive which ran from December through March fell short of its goal at 88%, with COVID-19 having a significant effect on the usual participation of Girl Scouts during the drive.

Safety was the biggest concern, and everyone who was involved in the drive was given their choice to take part in anyway that was safe for them.

The options included on line orders, and in-person following all the safety protocols, and some opted to take this season off, which is the main reason for the drop in projected sales this past drive.

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The Girl Scouts of NYPENN pathway attribute the community, the organizations and businesses that have generously supported this year’s cookie drive.

The organization says it is proud of the participants, and their leadership and determination during these times.

In the release Girl Scouts of NYPENN CEO Julie Dale said  “Our girls further honed real-world leadership skills that will carry them well into the future,”

Among the creative ways to sell cookies, over 7500 boxes of cookies were sold through the first ever synergy between the Girl Scouts of the USA and Grubhub.

Close to 11,000 boxes of cookies were sold by troops at weekend drive-throughs help at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse, during the months of February and March.

Aside from raising money for programs and services, the main goal of the annual cookie drive is to give young girls a valuable learning experience in marketing, sales, and leadership.

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