Girl Scouts of Central Maryland are hoping that a dash of technology will augment this year's winning recipe for Girl Scouts cookies — or at least for selling them.
As the Scouts enter the booth-sales phase of the annual drive, people desperate for a Thin Mint, Do-si-do or Trefoil can use their smartphone devices to download a "Cookie Finder" app and track the nearest site where Scouts are selling cookies.
"We know that lots of people want to find cookies, so the app was developed to help people find them," said Denita Terry, director of communications and media relations for the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, which serves some 30,000 girls in central Maryland in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.
"If you don't know a Girls Scout or if there doesn't happen to be Girl Scouts in your area, there's now an app that you can use," she said.
Anyone with a Droid or iPhone can use their phone's GPS function to find local Girl Scout cookie booths, with the phones even providing directions to the nearest location — sort of a high-tech trail of cookie crumbs.
To download the free application, users can all **GSCOOKIES (**472665437) on their Droid or iPhone.
For those without smartphones, there's a "Cookie Locator" function available at the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland website, gscm.org. By entering a ZIP code, a calendar and list of sites pops up to help users find the object of their cravings.
(For instance, typing in 21204 reveals that sales in Towson this weekend will take place Saturday, Oct. 29 outside of Graul's Market, 7713 Bellona Ave. Troop 613 will sell cookies in front of the store from 9 a.m. until noon and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., while Troop 4959 will step in between and sell from noon to 3 p.m. We're just saying.)
Girl Scouts will be selling cookies at locations across the county through Dec. 3.