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The Girl Scout Cookie Program

The 2015 Girl Scout Cookie Program runs from February 1-March 8.

An icon of American culture, the annual Girl Scout Cookie Program evolved from a local event in Oklahoma in 1917. It is now the leading business and entrepreneurial program run by girls. Learn more about the cookie program hereReady to join the fun? Talk to your troop or service unit cookie program chair about participating today!

 



Watch the 

"I Can't Wait" Video


 

 

 

What do girls learn 
from the Cookie Program?

 

How does $5/box support Girl Scouts?

 



 

Gift of Caring Program

Donate cookies to 
military and nonprofit partners

 

 

How can all 
Girl Scouts participate?
(troop, Juliettes, 
Journey Girls, etc.)

 

 

 

How do girls use their proceeds?

 

Program updates for 2015

 

 


5 Skills Girls Learn from the Cookie Program

 

GOAL SETTING: A goal can include the number of boxes she wants to sell, a trip or project she hopes to fund, or a cool reward or experience (Club 500!) she hopes to earn. When your girls sets a goal, it teaches her to plan ahead and set high standards for herself. This ambition can teach her to aim high in school, her career, and in 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 you will decorate your table, or what role each girl will take at a booth. This practice of problem solving teaches girls to think on their feet, a key skill of a good leader.

 

MONEY MANAGEMENT: Taking orders, handling customers' money, and tracking on sales goals, are all hands-on lessons in financial literacy. Learning to budget and understanding the value of a dollar will help her make smart financial decisions in the future, like saving for something big she really wants versus spending her money often on little things.

 

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 relationship and conflict resolution skills she can use throughout her life. She can learn to ask a teacher for help, work with others on school projects, or become part of a sports team.

 

BUSINESS ETHICS: Your Girl Scout is honest and responsible at every step of the cookie sale. Her business ethics reinforce the positive values she is developing as a Girl Scout. Because she is honest, her friends, classmates, and teachers count on her and think of her as trustworthy. Everyone likes knowing and working with someone that is honest and responsible.

 


 

How Does $5/box Support Girl Scouts?


Gift of Caring Program

The Gift of Caring program is a council-wide service project that gives the community the chance to donate cookies to military troops overseas and other nonprofit partners. The program provides Girl Scouts the opportunity to learn philanthropy.


To participate:

  • Troops collect monetary donations from customers (many customers prefer to donate money, rather than purchase products).

  • The donations are then used by the council to purchase boxes of cookies.

  • Those products get donated to our nonprofit Gift of Caring partners, such as the L.A. Regional Foodback, Operation Gratitude, Goodwill, Blue Star Mothers, or the USO.

It's the perfect way for customers to give back to Girl Scouts and their community, even if they choose not to buy products for themselves!

Gift of Caring Program Info for Troops

When your troop sells product through Gift of Caring, the product is not physically picked up by the customer or the troop. This is why it is described as a virtual donation. Here are the steps for participating in Gift of Caring:

  • Girls collect the donation and complete the Gift of Caring Receipt if the customer requests it.
  • Give one copy to the customer and keep one for the troop records. 

  • Record the quantity sold in eBudde under Gift of Caring (GOC).
  • Recording in eBudde lets GSGLA know how many boxes to purchase and gives girls credit for boxes sold. 

  • Girls are eligible for the Gift of Caring Rocker Patch for selling 10 or more boxes. A special charm bracelet is also available this year for 24+ boxes sold.

The troop receives their proceeds and the donor can feel good that their tax deductible donation is supporting Girl Scouts AND our nonprofit partners!

Cookie Program GOC Partners

All Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles Gift of Caring Partners are registered 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. 

LA Foodbank The Los Angeles Regional Foodbank is a charitable food distribution network that includes nearly 900 charitable agency sites throughout Los Angeles County such as food pantries, shelters, senior and childcare centers, and others. 
Bob Hope Hollywood USO The Bob Hope Hollywood USO at LAX provides a “touch of home” to all veterans and service men and women by providing morale, welfare and recreation support services. This home away from home serves as a comfortable private reception area for service men and women to be with their family before deployment. In addition, it is a welcoming reception area when they return from tours of duty from around the world. 
Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude seeks to lift morale and put smiles on faces by sending care packages addressed to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed in harm's way. Care packages contain food, hygiene products, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation, all wrapped with good wishes of love and support. 

Goodwill

Goodwill of Southern California enhances the dignity and quality of life of individuals, families and communities by eliminating barriers to opportunity and helping people in need reach their fullest potential through the power of work. The organization seeks to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities or other disadvantages by providing education, training and job opportunities to assist them in becoming more self-sufficient and productive members of society. Girl Scout cookies are utilized at Goodwill’s Worksource & Job Service Centers who provide mentoring, counseling and educational programs for at-risk youth in five LA locations. These services are meant to keep kids in school, focused and on track with their lives.

BSM

Blue Star Mothers (BSM) is an organization comprised of mothers who now have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military. The organization’s mission is to support Veterans in a tangible, thoughtful way.

BSM members volunteer their time to visit service personnel in VA hospitals during long rehabilitative procedures. Members also commit to attend the military funeral for all local fallen heroes. Cookies donated through GSGLA’s Gift of Caring program will be sent to United States' military personal in care packages and delivered to those facing long hospital stays to brighten the soldier’s day.

Troops may donate leftover product to an organization of their choice, but cannot solicit donations for any other organization. This is per GSUSA’s Safety Activity Checkpoints. The Gift of Caring council-wide service project is the only activity of this type approved by Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles and follows both GSUSA and the US Department of Defense Guidelines.


How can all Girl Scouts participate?

Any Girl Scout can participate in the cookie program including troops, independent girls, Journey Girls, series girls, or anyone who is registered as a Girl Scout.

Troops should contact their service unit cookie program chair to participate. Girls who are not currently in a traditional troop (Juliettes, Journey Girls, camp or travel pathway girls) can also sell cookies and join the fun! Contact your service unit manager to learn more. 

What do girls do with their proceeds?

This year, girls are thrilled to launch their very own cookie enterprises that help them reach their goals. Whether girls plan to use their proceeds to go camping, serve underprivileged children or adventure to Europe, the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches them they have the power and resources to achieve. Much more than a fundraiser, the cookie program is a fun way for girls of all ages to earn the money that fuels their dreams and develop skills that will last a lifetime.

 

The cookie program can lead to bigger things in business, in society, and in life.