Since 1917, the Girl Scout Cookie Program has been the largest girl-led business in the country. When you buy Girl Scout Cookies, you make adventures and experiences of a lifetime possible with every box.
After the cost of the cookie, every penny stays right here in New York City!
- 55% of each box sold stays within the Council and helps fund girl programs throughout the year, maintain Camp Kaufmann and other activity sites, providing financial assistance to make Girl Scouting available for all girls city wide, offset program/camp fees so they are kept minimum for our membership, sponsor local events, projects, and fund our incredible Girl Leadership Experience Program.
- 17% is given directly to the troop. Troops often use their funds for attending programs, camping, funding service projects or save it for a future troop trip somewhere exciting. The troop experience is essential to the 5 skills the Cookie Program teaches.
- 3% goes towards girl recognitions, allowing them to have excellent rewards for the achievements.
- 25% covers the cost of the cookies.
The five essential business skills
When girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they get more than new adventures and experiences. They develop important life skills — goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics — that will set them up for success beyond anything they can imagine.
- Goal Setting: Establishing a goal can include the number of boxes she wants to sell, a project or trip planned, or a reward or experience she hopes to earn. When a girl sets a goal, it teaches her to establish a standard of her own to do her best to achieve. She can apply this goal setting skill to school, work and life.
- Decision Making: Running a business is all about working with a group to make smart decisions. Decisions might include how the troop will use its money, how the troop will decorate the booth, or what role each girl will take at a booth. This practice of problem solving teaches girls to make decisions based on the input of the troop and is a key skill of a good leader.
- Money Management: Learning to budget and understanding the value of a dollar is a life skill girls need to make smart financial decisions in the future. They begin by taking orders, handling customers' money, and tracking sales goals. These hands-on lessons in financial literacy and business & entrepreneurship are what makes the Cookie Program so successful for girls.
- People Skills: Learning how to talk to, listen to, and work with all kinds of people while selling cookies is important. These experiences allow her to develop healthy relationships and conflict resolution skills she can use throughout her life. This is a true example of how Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character.
- Business Ethics: “I will do my best to be Honest and Fair…” Her Cookie Program business ethics reinforce the positive values she is developing as a Girl Scout and this becomes second nature to the girls as an individual, a troop member and as an integral part of their community. The standard of ethics the girls learn in the Cookie Program is what makes this all girl business an essential part of Girl Scouting.