The beginning of this year ushers in the next century of Girl Scouts selling cookies. Only Girl Scouts gives girls access to an inclusive, safe, girl-led, all-female environment where they can try new things, develop a range of skills, take on leadership roles, and feel comfortable failing, dusting themselves off, and trying again. Area Girl Scouts will begin taking orders for their popular cookies on January 19. It was a celebration special cookie for previous year. This year, the crunchy graham cookies with creamy chocolate and marshmallow filling and natural flavors is back.
For over 100 years, Girl Scouts has been the experts on girls. The act of selling cookies is not just about fundraising but also learning skills based in responsibility and independence. Whether you love their sweet and salty peanut butter sandwich cookies (Do-si-dos) or the chocolate-drizzled cookies topped with toasted coconut and gooey caramel (Samoas), everyone has a favorite that they stock up on when the Girl Scouts start taking orders. Almost 1 million Girl Scouts participate in the cookie program each year, generating nearly $800 million in sales during the average season.
All the net revenue raised, stays with Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland. Councils use cookie earnings to power wonderful experiences for girls through their programming, while girls and their troops decide how to invest in impactful community projects, personal enrichment opportunities, and more. Peterson says their goal with this contest is to engage the public with the Cookie Program. "They're not required to buy cookies but they have to find a girl scout at a booth or through the council to get the code".