Girl Scout troops selling cookies has long been a tradition. But in the time of COVID, one local group adapted in a creative way.
The Girl Scouts of NY Penn set up a drive-thru cookie table Saturday at Sangertown square in New Hartford. The scouts would normally be going door to door with the cookies or setting up a station inside, but they have adapted with the times, and organizers say this gives their scouts real world experience.
"The goal is for them to get the experience selling, for them to accomplish their goals," said Girl Scout organizer Stephanie Schram-Colon. "They still set goals like any other troop. They still plan service products, still earn badges. So they're still working on money skills, they're still working on communication."
One challenge was for the scouts to avoid the wind and cold outside.
"We brought a canopy this time and put some walls up to block some of the winds, and they're in their snow here to break the cold," Schram-Colon said.
The scouts will be back selling cookies at Sangertown Square on Sunday from 12-6 p.m.