Girl Scout cookie sales will begin in southeast Louisiana on Jan. 16 with a new twist: a Digital Cookie platform for online sales.

“Through Digital Cookie, we are bringing the Girl Scout Cookie Program fully into the 21st century,” said Alisha Moore, vice president of sales at Girl Scouts Louisiana East, which covers 23 parishes of southeast Louisiana. “Digital Cookie tailors the traditional Girl Scout cookie program to fit the modern world, helping give more girls an important foundation in technology.”

The Digital Cookie program is intended to enhance, not replace, traditional sales made door-to-door or during booth sales. The new platform will allow local Girl Scouts to market their online cookie businesses by inviting customers to visit their personalized cookie websites through a link sent via email. Customers who buy cookies from girls will be able to have their order processed, paid for and confirmed at point of sale, with the option of having cookies shipped directly to them or delivered by the Girl Scout.

The Digital Cookie experience upholds the same safety standards as any door-to-door or booth sales: Adult supervision is required, and parents approve all Digital Cookie deliveries. In addition, parents and girls must sign a Digital Cookie safety pledge to educate themselves about Internet safety.

Last year, southeast Louisiana Girl Scouts sold over 1 million boxes of cookies with 211 girls selling at least 500 boxes each. All proceeds remain within the council’s jurisdiction, funding troop activities with the remainder helping the council to maintain properties, train and recruit volunteers, and support council initiatives.