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About Girl Scout Cookies

Yes, they’re awesomely delicious. But buying Girl Scout Cookies is about so much more than just handing over money for a box of treats. 

When you buy Girl Scout Cookies, you help fund new adventures and life-changing opportunities for girls—from trips to our nation's capital to community projects, summer camp, and charitable donations. 

It's about having fun and making new friends. And it's about the skills a girl gains from interacting directly with you—the cookie customer! It's about the experience of running her very own cookie business, working with others—and building a lifetime of confidence as she learns five skills essential to leadership, success, and life. The more cookies you buy, the more you help today’s girls develop into tomorrow’s leaders.

Girls learn the "5 Skills"
Goal Setting

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

“We're all about trying new things and having fun. Selling cookies is about both. My friends and I work together to set our team goal for the season; maybe we'll donate to our local animal hospital or go on an adventure. Sure, selling the cookies is great. But what we do with the money we earn is even greater.”

Decision Making

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

“When I sell cookies with my Girl Scout forever friends, we make our own decisions, like how many boxes we want to sell. We all have to agree on what we'll do with the money, which means talking it out and being okay not getting our way sometimes. And we have to figure out how to solve problems, like what to do when one of the girls is sick and can't help out. Our decisions matter.”

Money Management

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

“It's cool that I get to make change when someone buys cookies. I'm really careful about it. I count it out twice, so I know it's totally right. And I know each box sold gets us one step closer to our goal.”

People Skills

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

“I've met so many new people at our cookie booth. And I've gotten really good at chatting with them about how we are doing more than just selling Girl Scout Cookies. We’re earning money to achieve our cookie-season goals and do great things.”

Business Ethics

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

“The other day at the cookie booth I made my friend's mom laugh really hard and she totally forgot her change. I made sure she got it back. She was so impressed she bought another box of cookies. Now I'm even closer to reaching my goal for robotics camp.”

Girls put their “cookie money” to good use.

Did you know the Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-run business in the world? It’s true—and it’s pretty amazing!!

All of the net revenue raised through the Girl Scout Cookie Program—100 percent of it— stays with the local council and troops.

Or they may use the money earned to fund a project that will improve their community, or donate the money to a worthy cause.


Girls earn cookie badges and pins.

The Cookie Activity pin is a big deal for Girl Scouts! It lets the whole world know they’re a real-life Cookie Boss! 

All girls who participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program are eligible to earn the annual Cookie Activity pin. The pin recognizes the “5 Skills" girls learn and practice during the sale, and a differently colored pin can be earned each year. 

Find out more about the Cookie Activity pin for Girl Scout Daisies to Ambassadors (PDF) - English | Español

Plus, Girl Scouts at every level—from Daisies to Ambassadors—can earn badges representing proficiency in skills ranging from financial management to business planning and more. Learn more about the badges a girl can earn by selling cookies.

So, your purchase means a party for your taste buds and life-changing support of girls doing big things. So this year, consider getting “one more box” to help girls reach their goals. 

Together, we can help girls change the world!