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2019 Cookie Time

Cookies Power Amazing Adventures for Girls

When you buy a box of delicious Girl Scout Cookies, you’re powering amazing, year-round experiences for every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) extraordinaire in your community who sells them—that’s right, proceeds stay local and are reinvested in girls!

Big picture: as a cookie customer, you’re actually helping the next generation of female entrepreneurs get an important taste of what it takes to be successful—teamwork, planning, and a positive outlook. Beyond that, you’re actually narrowing the gender gap in entrepreneurship by nurturing girls’ skills early and often. How awesome is that?

Whether it’s a trip to a breathtaking place she’s never been, a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) project that will change the way she thinks about the world, or an opportunity to attend Girl Scout camp and revel in the power of the great outdoors, at Girl Scouts every experience helps her unleash her  G.I.R.L. spirit to do amazing things for herself and her community and grow into the incredible woman she’s destined to become.

But wait, there’s more! By selling cookies, girls develop five essential skills—goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—all of which help them succeed today and in the future. They grow their confidence and practice leadership, too.

What an experience! That’s why the Girl Scout Cookie Program focuses on her—because it’s about so much more than delicious treats. It’s about supporting girls’ success through the biggest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world—SWEET!

Meet the Cookies

  • Girl Scout S'mores
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    Crispy graham cookie double dipped in yummy crème icing and finished with a scrumptious chocolatey coating.

    Girl Scout S’mores details


  • Thin Mints®
    Crispy chocolate wafers dipped in a mint chocolaty coating.

     

    Thin Mints details


  • Caramel deLites®
    Vanilla cookies topped with caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut, and laced with chocolaty stripes.

    Caramel deLites details


  • Peanut Butter Patties®
    Crispy vanilla cookies layered with peanut butter and covered with a chocolaty coating.
     

    Peanut Butter Patties details


  • Shortbread
    Traditional shortbread cookies.

     

    Shortbread details


  • Peanut Butter Sandwich
    Crisp and crunchy oatmeal cookies with creamy peanut butter filling.

    Peanut Butter Sandwich details

  • Lemonades™
    Savory slices of shortbread with a refreshingly tangy lemon flavored icing.

  • Thanks-A-Lot®
    Shortbread cookies dipped in rich fudge and topped with an embossed thank you message in one of 5 languages.

  • Caramel Chocolate Chip
    Rich caramel, semisweet chocolate chips, and a hint of sea salt in a chewy cookie. Gluten free.

    Caramel Chocolate Chip details

Support Girls' Success

 Girls Learn Five Essential Skills

Our cookies are on a mission: to help girls learn five skills that are essential to leadership, to success, and to life. 

Skill #1—Goal Setting
"I know I can do it!" 

Girls learn how to set goals and create a plan to reach them!

Girl Scout Cookie entrepreneurs are always on a mission. Whether it's through an exciting new adventure, a service project to improve their communities, an amazing summer at camp, or an eye-opening STEM activity, the goal is always to power amazing experiences for themselves and their troops all year long, while helping others too!

Skill #2—Decision Making
"I make smarter decisions."

Girls learn to make decisions on their own and as a team!

Girl Scout Cookie entrepreneurs are leaders in the making. They make decisions about how to run and promote their cookie sales, interact with customers, and spend their earnings. And when it comes time to make decisions in their personal lives, they’ll use what they learned selling cookies to make the best choices.

Skill #3—Money Management
"I make change happen!"

Girls learn to create a budget and handle money!

Girl Scout Cookie entrepreneurs are always sharpening their money smarts. By running their own cookie businesses, they learn how to make correct change for customers, count and manage their cash flow, and create a budget to fund the experiences they want to have with their troops. 

Skill #4—People Skills
"I get a lifetime supply of confidence in every box."

Girls find their voice and build confidence through customer interactions.

Girl Scout Cookie entrepreneurs are relationship builders. By running their own cookie businesses, they gain valuable practice communicating with customers; talking about their product and goals; and resolving conflict in a positive, productive way—all skills that will help them succeed in school, in business, and in life. 

Skill #5—Business Ethics
"Selling cookies is more than just business."

Girls learn to act ethically, both in business and in life.

Girl Scout Cookie entrepreneurs are honest, fair, and responsible. Through their cookie businesses, they learn to always do the right thing by their troop members, customers, and communities—lessons that will carry them for a lifetime of leadership and #winning!

Cookie History

Most people have a special place in their heart for Girl Scout Cookies. Not only because they’re spectacularly delicious but also because the Girl Scout Cookie Program helps girls fulfill their dreams, follow their passions, and change the world!

It all started in 1917, when Girl Scouts in Muskogee, Oklahoma, did what Girl Scouts everywhere always do: they had a great idea, got together, and took action to make it a reality. The girls of Mistletoe Troop hit on the clever idea to fund their projects by selling cookies they made at home in their own kitchens. So simple—and so smart! Other troops took note, and the idea of Girl Scouts selling cookies took off.

The program, which is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program for girls in the world, helps Girl Scouts earn money for fun, educational activities and community projects while also playing a huge role in transforming them into a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) as they learn essential life skills that will stay with them forever. And although fun is part of the experience, giving back to communities has been a hallmark of the Girl Scout Cookie Program since the beginning.

For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts has used cookie earnings to build everyday leaders who make positive changes in our world. And there’s no doubt: U.S. society today is better because of the girls who have taken part in the program! 

Girl Scout cookies Fuel a Century of Adventure for Girls

 Have a Great Girl Scout Cookie Story to Share? 

Have a parent or troop leader submit it today for a chance to see your story featured in our Powered by Cookies gallery, on the Girl Scout BlogFacebookTwitterInstagram, and more—so cool! 

Got an awesome, press-worthy cookie story on your hands? As we gear up for another incredible cookie season marked by showing the world what a Girl Scout entrepreneur can do, send your incredible story directly to media@girlscouts.org