Like any other business, selling Girl Scout cookies requires finesse, responsibility and a handy app to track your sales. What was (at least, in your author's day) a mess of paper, piles of order forms, sticky notes and bits of half-nibbled Thin Mints has been sensibly simplified to an iPhone/iPad app. The 'Cookie Tracker
' doesn't exactly help those with a cookie craving get quicker access to the myriad flavors of Girl Scout treats, but it does allow savvy Scouts to enter sales data in order to ensure smooth snack delivery
. By creating a profile, a Scout can see who hasn't paid, what hasn't been delivered and how her goals are being met. She can also send e-mails to her cookie devotees, thanking them for gorging themselves on Samoas. Sweet, sweet Samoas....
Don't decry the Scouts for relinquishing the old-school Radio Flyers and cookie stands, because this app helps develop the skills required in real businesses: supply management, goal tracking and inventory maintenance. While the app itself is developed by a third party, and, for a short time, is $0.99, it instructs girls on ways to use programs to stay organized. Also, a nice e-mail from your neighborhood Girl Scout is always charming, especially when it means your cookies are on their way. (P.S.: The Switched staff badly needs a GS hookup. Anyone got a kid with access to desserts?)