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The Girl Scout Cookie Program is a seasonal, optional activity in which Girl Scouts voluntarily participate as a way to raise money for troop activities. For many girls, the Girl Scout Cookie Program is their first entrepreneurial venture and helps foster a sense of achievement. Girl Scout cookies are only sold for three short weeks, but the benefits for girls last throughout their entire lives!
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What does a girl learn through the Girl Scout Cookie Program?
Selling cookies teaches girls essential skills for leadership, success and life!
GOAL SETTING - Girls set cookie sales goals and, with their team, create a plan to reach them. This matters because girls need to know how to set and reach goals to succeed in school, on the job, and in life.
DECISION MAKING - Girls decide where and when to sell cookies, how to market their sale, and what to do with their earnings. This matters because girls must make many decisions, big and small, in their lives. Learning this skill helps them make good ones.
MONEY MANAGEMENT - Girls develop a budget, take cookie orders, and handle customers’ money. This matters because girls need to know how to handle money—from their lunch money to their allowance to (someday) their paycheck.
PEOPLE SKILLS - Girls learn how to talk (and listen!) to their customers, as well as learning how to work as a team with other girls. This matters because it helps them do better in school—on group projects, on sports teams, and on the playground—and, later, at work.
BUSINESS ETHICS - Girls act honestly and responsibly during every step of the cookie sale. This matters because employers want to hire ethical employees—and the world needs ethical leaders in every field.
Where does the money earned from the Cookie Program go?
The best way to understand where the money goes is by picturing a cookie. A piece of the cookie goes to pay the baker for making the product. Another piece goes to the local Girl Scout council to support Girl Scouts in its area, and a third piece goes directly to the group selling the cookies.
All our Cookie Chart numbers are based on data from 2013. Girl Programs include:
Summer Camp, STEM programs, Girl Scout Days, Girl Scout travel, Silver and Gold Awards, year-round troop support and more!