Girl Scout Cookie season is here
CHARLESTON — Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council officially launched the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie season Friday, Jan. 4. This annual event celebrates the largest financial investment in girls annually in the United States and a powerful entrepreneurship incubator for the next generation of female leaders.
At a time when girls’ needs and issues collect fewer than eight cents of every dollar granted by philanthropic foundations in the country, each and every Girl Scout Cookie purchase is key to supporting these change-makers of today and tomorrow.
Girls are taking orders from friends, family and neighbors through January, and will begin Cookie Booth sales on Feb. 22.
Research shows that female-founded start-ups generate more revenue over time and per dollar than male-founded start-ups, but only 17 percent of start-ups are female-founded. Given that over half (53 percent) of female entrepreneurs and business owners are Girl Scout alumnae, supporting Girl Scouts as they make sales and learn essential business skills is imperative to ensuring a future strong workforce.
Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls not only discover their inner leadership potential but also use their earnings to power amazing experiences for themselves and their troop. Funds from sales are able to help with travel, outdoor adventures, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming. Many girls put the money towards making community projects right in their own backyards. These impacts can be seen as they help in supporting animal shelters and food banks to working with local and state legislators to change laws.
The cookie program’s benefits are wide reaching. A recent Girl Scout Research Institute study found that two out of three girls who participate in the program learn five crucial skills — goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. The proceeds from these sales stay local. This means when consumers purchase the cookies that come from a registered Girl Scout only, they’re giving back to their wider community.
Black Diamond is celebrating a way to support young female entrepreneurs with the return of the Toffee-tastic cookie to the 2019 lineup. Toffee-tastic, which joins classics like the Thin Mint, Samoa and Trefoil varieties, provides a gluten-free option introduced in 2015.
Girl Scouts who participate in the cookie program this season will have the opportunity to win the Cookie Entrepreneur Experience of a lifetime featuring the DC Super Hero Girls by entering the Cookie Pro contest, which will highlight and reward exceptional cookie bosses who take the lead, set high goals for themselves, bring positive change to their communities, and learn valuable entrepreneurial skills.
To learn more about the contest and to enter, visit www.girlscouts.org/cookiepro.
To find Girl Scouts selling cookies near you, visit www.girlscoutcookies.org or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, free on iOS and Android devices.