We all know that buying
Girl Scout Cookies does a world of good, but where exactly does the cookie
One hundred percent of the money that a council and its troops
raise through the Girl Scout Cookie Program stays with that council and its
troops. Again, let there be no question: all of the revenue from cookie
activities—every penny after paying the baker—stays with the Girl Scout
council. Girl Scout councils offer a wide variety of recognition items,
program- and store-related credits, and travel experiences that girls are eligible
to earn individually based on their sales. Girl Scout councils do not provide
any portion of their cookie revenue to Girl Scouts of the USA.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program is an important program for
girls. Through this program, girls not only learn goal setting, but
decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—aspects
essential to leadership, to success, and to life. Girl Scouts selling
Girl Scout Cookies set their own money-earning goals for the season. They may
decide to donate troop proceeds to a local animal hospital or use their
hard-earned money to help fund a back-to-nature wilderness adventure. Whatever
the specific goals and outcomes, we assure you that selling cookies does great
things for girls…
Should people be concerned about where the money goes?
As we’ve made clear, absolutely not! Girl Scout cookie sales fund
the amazing work that Girl Scouts do to improve communities
nationwide—including yours. Through Girl Scouting, including our beloved Girl
Scout Cookie Program, girls discover the fun and friendship that life holds,
developing to their full potential and gaining values that will guide their
actions along the way.
More background: in the United States, Girl Scouts serves 3
million members as part of a worldwide girl-serving family consisting of 10
million girls and adults in 145 countries. More than 59 million American women
were Girl Scouts as girls, and through our 100-year-plus history, our mission
has remained constant: to build girls of courage, confidence, and character,
who make the world a better place.
Psst, here’s a tip: if you want to know more about where the money
goes, ask a Girl Scout! She would probably love to give you the full scoop.
Why do some people voice concern about Girl Scout Cookies?
In short, it’s because
they've been fed false information about the Girl Scout Cookie Program, which
frankly is nothing new. As such a large organization, Girl Scouts is
occasionally a target for outside entities with clear agendas. A fundamental
piece you should know is that Girl Scouts does not advocate one way or another
with regard to what we perceive as private issues best handled by families.
Personal matters are just that—personal and private—and should be addressed
And hey, let’s let the girls have fun! We ask that adults keep
adult conversations to themselves. Approaching girls with salacious materials
at a cookie sale is not acceptable.
Should I buy Girl Scout Cookies?
For all the great reasons above, we certainly think so! Following
a diet that looks less than favorably on sweet treats? You should know that
Girl Scouts have the option of participating in a council-approved "Gift
of Caring" or "Cookie Share" program that allows them to collect
cookie box donations for military personnel serving overseas. Ask us more about
To drive our point home: when a Girl Scout sells you cookies,
she's building a lifetime of skills and confidence. Through Girl Scouting and
the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls learn they can be and do anything they set
their minds to. And why wouldn't you want to be a part of that?
Via Girl Scout Blog