Girl Scout cookies are an integral part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, built around financial literacy. With every season of Girl Scout cookies, another generation of girls learns to set goals, make a plan, and manage money. And most of all, girls gain a tremendous amount of confidence—it’s not easy to ask a stranger to buy something. You have to speak up, look them in the eye, and believe in what you’re doing. These skills are key components of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, which engages girls in discovering themselves, connecting with others, and taking action to make the world a better place.
In fact, the Girl Scout Cookie sale is the leading entrepreneurial program for girls. No university has produced as many female business owners as has the Girl Scout Cookie Program.
The proceeds from the cookie sale fund 85% of troop activities. In addition, the cookie sale provides for more than 50% of the council operating income. The council proceeds from the cookie sale help provide support to volunteers, supply troop advisors with sets of resource books to use with girls in their troop, subsidize council program activities like summer resident camp by more than 60%, and provide financial assistance to girls and adults in need.