The New York Times has reported important game-changing news for Girl Scout Cookie fans everywhere: starting next year, Girl Scouts will be able to sell their cookies online for the first time ever via a platform called Digital Cookie.

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We’re pretty sure this is the best news for cookie fans since the Girl Scouts launched their official Cookie Finder app for smartphones.

But don’t get too excited just yet—according to the official Girl Scouts webpage, not every local Girl Scout council will be participating in the first year of Digital Cookie.

Digital Cookie director Sarah Angel-Johnson told the NYT,

“Girls across the country now can use modern tools to expand the size and scope of their cookie business and learn vital entrepreneurial lessons in online marketing, application use and e-commerce.”

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Here’s how it works: Girl Scouts in participating councils can each develop their own cookie website using Digital Cookie. You need to have an invitation from that Girl Scout to gain access to her cookie website. No identifying information for individual scouts will be posted online, and Digital Cookie is also offering a mobile app so Girl Scouts can process credit card transactions and handle shipping where necessary.

A test version of the Digital Cookie program is currently underway in some areas where Girl Scout cookies are already for sale in December. The program will be rolled out nationally in January, but you’ll still need to be in contact with a Girl Scout to order cookies online.

The national Girl Scouts organization has worked hard to find ways to ensure that Girl Scouts selling digitally can continue to learn the entrepreneurial skills that the cookie program is supposed to teach. They also simultaneously wanted to ensure online safety for the Girl Scouts, so parents of scouts must approve everything that is posted on any individual scout’s cookie sales website.

Time quoted chief communications executive for Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., Kelly M. Parisi, as saying at a recent demonstration for select media:

“A lot of people have asked, ‘What took you so long to get online?’ We spend a lot of time thinking how do we make this safe, scalable and smart.”

To find out more about Digital Cookie, you can check out the official website here. The official website suggests that you tell Girl Scouts you know that you’re interested in purchasing cookies via the Digital Cookie program.

[via the New York Times, Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.]