During the 2016 Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls and troops earned more than $1 million in proceeds for local use within our communities. After we cover our product costs, every penny our Cookie Program generates goes to directly or indirectly benefit the girls and communities GSCSA serves.
2. And it helps the girls do and see incredible things!
Troops set goals of how much money they’d like to earn in the Cookie Program, and how they’d like to save, give, and spend it. Troops use cookie funds to do things like plan Gold Award projects, take incredible trips, go to camp, participate in awesome community service projects, and work on badges and Journeys!
We’ve added another cookie to the lineup: Girl Scout S’mores! It’s a s’mores-inspired crunchy graham sandwich cookie with creamy chocolate and marshmallowy filling. The last new Girl Scout Cookies, including the gluten-free Toffee-tastic, were introduced in 2015.
4. They’re delicious!
Whether you’re a chocolate-lover, a peanut butter-aficionado, or more of a cookie purist – there’s a Girl Scout Cookie for you! They contain zero preservatives, trans fats or high fructose corn syrup!
5. Things that happen only once a year are always great.
The Super Bowl. Your birthday. The Fourth of July. These anticipated annual events are so special because they only happen once a year! Enter the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Coming to a community near you on January 13.
6. You won’t have to bake them yourself.
Have a sweet tooth, but also hate the preciseness and patience required to bake a perfect batch of cookies? Perfect! A box or three of your favorite flavor are great to keep in the freezer for when that sweet tooth comes a-calling!
Even if you are on a diet that restricts cookies, you can still buy boxes to donate. Troops might be donating to a charity of their choice, or they might be participating in the Operation: Appreciation program. Our council delivers them to National Guard posts in our three major metro areas.
8. Girls learn important skills from the selling process.
It’s not easy to talk to someone you don’t know, or to sell a product you aren’t sure if they want. Girls learn confidence, how to be assertive and direct when talking to people, as well as how to give good customer service!
This year marks 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies, isn’t that crazy?! The first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts occurred in 1917, when the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project. As the Girl Scout Cookie Program developed and evolved, it not only became a vehicle for teaching five essential skills—goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—it also enabled collaboration and integration, as early as the 1950s, among girls and troops of diverse backgrounds, as they worked together toward common goals.
10. You believe in girls!
At the end of the day, whether you like cookies or not, you believe that girls are our future and you want to see them reach their goals!