WACO, TX — Madelyn Rodriguez, a Girl Scout Cadet in Waco, is ready for a challenging girl scout cookie season ahead.
Nonetheless, she's managed to create a plan, staying socially distant and keeping herself and the cookie customer safe.
"I am so excited to sell cookies this year because selling cookies is just a fun activity to do," Madelyn said.
These girls usually are learning how to money manage with this yearly activity, this time around they'll learn how to run a business in a pandemic.
"Of course, we're all going to be taking safety measures, using hand sanitizer, socially distant and doing our best to stay safe," Madelyn said.
This year, many Girl Scouts will be setting up dive-through booths outside their homes, door to door sales are still an option and Madelyn plans to do both.
Her mom, Amanda Rodriguez, said it took a lot more pre-planning this year.
"We had to sit down and kind of as a family and decide what would be best for our daughter and our family," Rodriguez said.
As they were mapping out the best pandemic cookie selling techniques, they realized these cookies mean just as much to the customer as to the girls.
"If these girls can continue selling and continue learning while bringing the customers a little bit of happiness in these crazy times it's well worth it," Rodriguez said.
Madelyn usually sells over a thousand boxes of cookies but this year she's dropped her goal to 500.
"It's hard enough without a pandemic and selling them 6 feet away from people and in a mask, it's going to be really tough," Madelyn said.
No matter how many she sells, she'll still be donating 100 to her local VA and volunteer fire department, because Madelyn has learned the importance of giving back during this time.