G.I.R.L. Cookie Entrepreneurs Are Smart, Creative, Bold, and Unstoppable—It’s the Girl Scout Way!


Yes, Girl Scout Cookies are absolutely delicious, but there’s so much more to them than that. Selling cookies gives millions of girls across the United States the chance to participate in new, unique, and amazing experiences while also learning crucial life skills and taking the lead (like a Girl Scout!) to change the world—for themselves and for all of us.

Creating goals? She sets ‘em and slays ‘em. Making decisions? No problem! Managing money? Check! Perfecting her people skills? She’s always ready to speak up and get things done. Maintaining business ethics? It’s at the center of everything she does.

In true Girl Scout style, safety, learning, and adventure are central to the tenets of the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Because the well-being of the girls we serve is always top of mind. That’s why each of Girl Scouts’ 112 councils oversees its local cookie business operations and establishes protocols to meet the needs and norms of its community. As long as girls are staying safe, Girl Scouts of the USA celebrates every girl who flexes her business skills by seizing opportunities to meet her goals and grow into a bold, successful entrepreneur.”

So whether it’s taking a life-altering trip across the Atlantic, building meaningful solutions for homeless communities, or supporting a girl’s Gold Award project, when cookie bosses get together, there are no limits to what they can accomplish.

This season, stock up on all your favorite Girl Scout Cookies knowing you’re helping build the next generation of female entrepreneurs and powering amazing experiences and projects—like these real-life examples shared by parents and troop leaders on Girl Scouts’ Facebook page!

Travels and Explorations
Taking action on a 15-day mission trip to Costa Rica to save baby turtles
Reveling in summer travels to Ireland, England, and France
Enjoying educational airport tours and fire department trips
Going on camping trips and overnight stays at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago
Visiting Savannah, Georgia, the birthplace of Juliette Gordon Low
Experiencing the Michigan Science Center
Embarking on a day trip to New York City
Attending an out-of-state surf camp in San Diego, California
Spending the night at the Phoenix Zoo

High Adventure 
Going rock climbing
Trying out zip-lining

Donations and Service to Others 
Donating items to a local organization that opens a “spirit store,” which allows parents in need to buy new items at reduced prices or volunteer to earn store credit
Making a $1,000 donation to a local elementary school for a new playground
Adopting a local soup kitchen
Completing service projects for the military, local schools, and a special family that lost its Girl Scout daughter to cancer.

Sponsoring Girl Scout Memberships and Funding Important Projects
Purchasing lifetime memberships for girls aging out of Girl Scouts
Sponsoring another Girl Scout’s membership
Buying badges and vests for troops
Funding girls’ Silver, Bronze, and Gold Award project

And that’s just the tip of the powered-by-cookies iceberg! Our cookie entrepreneurs come up with hundreds of different, exciting, and meaningful ways to invest their cookie earnings across the country every year. The best part? Troops decide how they will use their hard-earned cookie cash as a team—everyone gets a say!

Support girls’ success. This year, it’s easier than ever to find cookie booths in your area, or even order cookies online!

Here’s how you can find a cookie booth near you.


Entrepreneurship in Action—The Four Badges Ambassadors Can Earn During Cookie Season


As a Girl Scout Ambassador (grades 11–12) taking part in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, you’re helping lead the largest entrepreneurial program for girls in the world. You’re learning essential life skills, setting (and crushing!) impressive goals, and using your cookie earnings to go on epic adventures and make the world a better place!

Many of these incredible skills and accomplishments start with a Girl Scout badge—and we’re about to explore all of the badges Ambassadors can earn during cookie season.

By earning the On My Own badge, you’ll learn how to avoid financial pitfalls while exercising independence as you achieve your dreams. This badge takes budget planning to the next level—from setting yourself up for your future dream home (and learning the importance of location, location, location) to your retirement years (seriously!). You’ll budget for daily needs and fun adventures like traveling or hobbies, and even prepare for unexpected expenses—because you never know when you’ll need to fix something in a flash. And because Girl Scouts know how to give back, you’ll learn about ways to set funds aside for those in need. Earn this badge.

There will be a time, or times, in your life when you’ll have to borrow money, whether through a credit card or a loan. With the Good Credit badge, you’ll learn how to keep good credit (a report card of your financial history), borrow money successfully, and pay back what you owe on time. There are many ways you can borrow money, and this badge will help you tell the difference between each and determine what works best for you! Earn this badge. 

Through the Research & Development badge, you’ll learn how businesses invest in researching and refining new ideas and bringing them to market—then you’ll apply your newfound knowledge to your own cookie business! First, you’ll take a step back to see how well your cookie business is doing and if you notice any sales trends you can tap into. For example, are you getting more sales going door-to-door or through your Digital Cookie platform? If one outweighs the other, you can decide if you want to redirect your time and efforts. You’ll get inspired by companies you like and explore how they change things up for their customers. Earn this badge. 

The P&L badge is all about practicing good business ethics by looking at both the business P&L (profit and loss) and the Girl Scout P&L (Promise and Law). Business ethics are very important for business owners, because they reflect everything your company is about, including how it treats its employees and even the environment. Not to mention good business ethics = the Girl Scout way! With this badge, you’ll create your own Cookie Promise to ensure you provide your customers (and fellow troop members) with high-quality service and products. Then you’ll share your cookie legacy with others, especially younger Girl Scouts. (You are sisters, after all!) You can teach them about being a great cookie boss as you share your skills—and, most importantly, you can help them build the courage, confidence, and character to be just like  you! Earn this badge.

Have you earned one of these awesome badges but don’t know where to place it on your vest or sash? Our new visual guide to Girl Scout Ambassador uniforms can help!

And this cookie season, put your new skills to the test by entering Girl Scout Cookie Pro Contest 2018! Six winners—one per grade level—will be selected to win a trip to New York City for the ultimate Cookie Entrepreneur Experience and a spot on the iconic Girl Scout Cookie box! WHOA. Enter today.


Celebrate Your Faith Like A Girl Scout


Girl Scouts encourages girls to grow their faith and is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law, which includes many of the principles and values common to most faiths. Although a secular organization, Girl Scouts has, since the movement began, encouraged girls to explore their spirituality by earning the My Promise, My Faith pin.

Throughout this journey, girls open up conversations with women in their religious community, research inspiring quotes that resonate with the part of the Girl Scout Law on which they have chosen to focus, and create a work of art to express what they’ve learned with their friends, family, and possibly even the larger community. Girls of all grade levels are eligible once each year to earn the My Promise, My Faith pin. Learn more about how to get started.

Cookie Volunteers: This National “Thank You” Month, We’re Lookin’ at YOU!


It’s National Thank You Month, and this year we want to shout out our amazing lead taking, logistics crushing, mountain moving, make-it-happen-no-matter-what cookie volunteers who work so hard and give so much during Girl Scout Cookie season to ensure girls’ success—you are a BOSS!

Because when you support girls as they run their very own cookie businesses (through the largest entrepreneurial program for girls in the world!), you’re playing a key role in powering unique experiences for them and their troops all year long. You’re also making it possible for them to learn essential life skills that will set them up for a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure. Because success is the Girl Scout way, and the cookie program would not be as effective as it is without your undying passion, dedication, and hard work. That’s a fact!

So the next time you feel tired, a little overwhelmed, or even ready to quit, please know that we see you, we appreciate you, and what you’re doing for the girls in your community is meaningful and long-lasting. It is mentors like you who make sure your girls’ G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ spirit continues to shine bright—not just during cookie season but all year.

Today, no matter what your role is at Girl Scouts, take the time to celebrate everyone in our unstoppable Movement. Let the cookie volunteers, leaders, and parents you work with know:

  1. How their work makes a difference to you and the girls they serve
  2. One thing you appreciate most about their efforts during cookie season (and beyond!)
  3. One time they really helped you or one of your girls out of a bind
  4. A unique story about a girl who they might have had an extra special effect on through their mentorship during this super busy time of the Girl Scout year

Write them a thank-you note (have the girls in your troop join in on the fun too!); bring a special treat to your next troop meeting for them; or shout them out, loud and proud, on social media with #NationalThankYouMonth. Make sure to tag @girlscouts, and let us know your favorite way to show thanks for the Girl Scouts who make a difference in your life every day. We can’t wait to hear your best thank-yous and fill up on all that heart-warming, life-changing, bond-forming appreciation!

Happy National Thank You Month!

5 Athlete Badges That Change Girls’ Lives


Did you know there are five Legacy Athletic badges?  With these badges, girls learn how to be a valuable member of a team by becoming familiar with the rules of the game and how to play so that everyone feels included. The take away is that girls learn what it takes to be a part of a team and support others on and off the field.

These badges connect girls to health, leadership, learning, and teamwork through sports. While having fun, staying active and leading a healthy lifestyle, girls earn five age-appropriate athlete badges that teach them about fair play, practicing with a purpose, good sportsmanship, cross-training, and coaching.


Fair Play – Brownie
Playing fair means that everyone has the same chance to play, because everyone follows the same rules. That’s what this badge is about. You’ll learn to work together to have the most fun possible. That’s fair play!




Practice with Purpose – Junior
Even the best athletes weren’t born great at sports: They had to practice with purpose. Have fun with these activities as you learn to improve a skill—no matter what track, court, rink, pool, slope, or field you like to play on. Game on!




Good Sportsmanship – Cadette
It’s good to be an athlete, but the greatest athletes agree it’s just as important to be a good sport. When you make good sportsmanship a habit in games and in life, others want to play with you, hang out with you, and generally live up to your example. So whether you’re a dedicated athlete with a chosen sport or you just like to enjoy an occasional game among friends, this badge will help you have more fun on the field—and off.



Cross-Training – Senior
Whether you’re a competitive athlete, new to exercise, or want to improve your skills in surfing, hiking, or even throwing a Frisbee, this badge will help you customize a cross-training fitness program that’s effective and, most important, fun! The idea of cross-training is to incorporate a variety of cardio, strength, and conditioning exercises into a routine that trains your whole body. Grab your sweatband, and create a plan that’s perfect for your body, mind, and goals.

Coaching – Ambassador
What does it take to motivate a team to accomplish its goals? The best coaches put their answers into action at every practice. In this badge, find your answers and share them! Coaching is an opportunity to share your love of a sport, demonstrate your athletic skills, and to inspire and empower athletes to realize their potential.

Learn more about how Girl Scouts is preparing girls for a lifetime of leadership!


How Girl Scout STEM Programs Benefit Girls


Over 160,000 Girl Scouts participate in STEM programs annually, and a majority of
councils offer their members more than ten STEM programs each year.
These programs serve to engage young women in STEM topics and scientific reasoning, and allow them to apply concepts learned in school in new ways. When situated within the context of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), these programs also afford girls the opportunity to combine STEM learning with leadership development, growth mindset development, and other socially desirable skills in a flexible, informal environment that supports student-driven exploration and experimentation. While the content and intensity of STEM programs vary, they are often developed with the same impact goals in mind—increasing girls’ interest in STEM, increasing girls’ confidence in their STEM-related abilities, educating girls about STEM careers, and exposing girls to STEM professionals, to name a few.

Though these outcomes are often considered “soft” and less valuable than academic performance goals, research has found that factors such as STEM interest and perceptions of relevance of STEM to one’s life provide the necessary foundation for successful STEM learning and careers.

stemHow Girl Scout STEM Programs Benefit Girls is a collection of findings from evaluations of nationally funded Girl Scout STEM programs conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) from 2010 to 2015. These findings illustrate just some of the benefits to girls when they participate in STEM programming through Girl Scouts, particularly in relation to the social and emotional impact goals described above.


The Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) is built on three core implementation strategies, or processes, that support girls’ leadership development: girl led, cooperative
learning, and learning by doing. Research by the GSRI has shown that program engagement through the processes is strongly associated with achievement of key leadership skills and academic outcomes. The hands-on and inquiry-based nature of STEM disciplines make them a natural fit with the GSLE, and our evaluation
research shows that Girl Scout STEM programs rely significantly on these practices and consider them important program components.

Girls engage in cooperative learning as they work together to solve problems. Girls work with one another, as well as their adult leaders, to conduct experiments and plan and implement projects in Girl Scout STEM programs. Girls in the Imagine Your STEM Future program indicated that they learn by working with other girls (70%) and work with others to learn things I would not be able to do on my own (66% & 81%), while 84 percent of girls who participated in the evaluation of GSUSA’s 2012-2013 Robotics program achieved the Cooperation and Team Building GSLE outcome.stempecent

Girls lead their own explorations in Girl Scout STEM programs. A majority of girls in STEM programs agree that they have many opportunities to decide what we do and how we do it (66% & 81%) and that they have more of a say than they do in other
programs (74% & 72%). Girls in Imagine Your STEM Future have the opportunity to drive their own learning—74 percent of them agreed that in this program, we learn more by doing things ourselves than by being told things by an adult.

Girls take on leadership roles more often and in different contexts. Eighty-one percent of robotics evaluation participants agreed that because of Girl Scouts, I’ve been a leader in more activities with friends, class or community, and 86 percent of evaluation participants from GSUSA’s Journey and Connect Through Technology program agreed that Girl Scouts prepared me to be a leader.

stem_leaderGirls are most satisfied with program components that manifest the Girl Scout processes. Robotics participants consider working with others on a team (77%) and building things with their hands (73%) the most important components of their STEM programs.

Girls receive support and inspiration from STEM professionals. Adults help girls learn about the program content and serve as role models, providing real-life insights into how girls can prepare for successful careers in STEM. The Imagine Your STEM Future program, for instance, integrates career presentations by working STEM professionals into the series and many councils partner with local colleges and universities to provide girls with opportunities to visit campuses and meet with scientists and their students. More than three-quarters (83% & 91%) of Imagine participants agreed to some extent that in Imagine, there is at least one adult who has helped me think about my future.

Adult leaders provide emotional support by making girls feel valued. A majority of girls across programs consistently agree that in their STEM program there is at least one adult who makes me feel like I am valuable (82–93%), and that those adults listen to girls more than they do in other places (67–87%).


Girls learn about STEM careers and professions. Girl Scout STEM programs place a strong emphasis on introducing girls to STEM careers, demonstrating what STEM professionals, such as engineers and scientists, do in their work and how they do it. These programs also offer the opportunity to meet successful female STEM professionals which, in turn, helps girls understand what opportunities are open to them with hard work and a strong STEM education, and to visualize themselves in similar careers.


Learn more about the Girl Scout Research Institute’s report on the benefits of girls in STEM programs.



Contributed by Lauren Wallace and The Girl Scout Research Institute


Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Juniors Go for Bronze

Digging Post Holes
Addison Hill & Kayma Galloway, Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council, Juniors.

Every day around the country, Girl Scout Juniors go Bronze, completing incredible service projects that help make their communities and the world a better place. The Bronze Award is the highest honor Girl Scouts in grades four and five can earn. Their daring efforts show just how much it means to them—because going Bronze isn’t really about winning an award, but about changing others’ lives and inspiring others to do the same.

Here is a great example of how a Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Girl Scout is making big things happen our community.

New Trail Signs

The girls posing with the new signage.

Addison Hill of troop 1035 in Garrard County, Kentucky completed her Bronze Award this year by improving the walking trails at Girl Scout Camp Shawano. Addison noticed during one of her stays at the camp that the trails needed to be cleaned up and accurately marked, so she took it upon herself to develop a plan and assemble a cleanup team. With the help of fellow Girl Scout, Kayma Galloway, and many adult helpers, Addison was able to successfully clear the trails and mark them with creative signage.


Handing Tree Markers 2
Marking the newly cleared trails at Camp Shawano.



Addison and Kayma also used an app called Map My Run and images from Google Earth in order to gain knowledge of the distance of the trails, and create a more accurate map of Camp Shawano.



Not only did Addison provide an amazing service to her community, she discovered that, “pushing myself to always do my best is better than only doing the minimal requirements to complete as task of project.” She also discovered that she really enjoyed working as part of a team in order to accomplish her goals.



We are very proud to have Addison Hill, and her teammate Kayma Galloway, represent our Council as leaders in our community. Congratulations Addison Hill for completing your Bronze Award Project, and being a 2018 Bronze Award recipient.


Learn more about being a Bronze Award Girl Scout!






The Bronze Award Report deadline is March 15th, 2018. Download the Bronze Award Report.



Contributed by Lauren Wallace

What Our Country Needs Right Now Is You


In a time when politics are extremely contentious, your girl might be anxious, scared, or just have questions about what she’s seeing and hearing, and as a parent you want to help. So where do you start?

“Now more than ever, we have to stand together as one people, one nation—regardless of our opinions, race, religion or beliefs, gender, who we love, what language we speak, or where we come from,” says Girl Scouts’ developmental psychologist, Dr. Andrea Bastiani Archibald. “But unity doesn’t mean abandoning the things that make us different from one another, and it doesn’t mean standing by or looking the other way in the face of bigotry and hatred. Real unity is what you get when a lot of very diverse people come together to form one complex yet seamless whole. It’s about equality, inclusiveness, and dignity—values I think we as parents all hope to instill in our children.”

Your inclination might be to avoid the topic, but it’s incredibly important to take her concerns seriously. Address them in an age-appropriate way. It’s even okay to share that you’re feeling uncertain as well—both adults and kids often do during times of transition and change.

Moving forward together takes leadership, and not just from one person. We all have a role to play. Here are a few ways you and your girl can lead:

1.     Practice Empathy and Promote Inclusion
Because of who you are, what you look like, where you come from, and what you believe, you might not have a problem being accepted in your town or community. But that’s not true for everyone. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes—perhaps the neighbor who practices a religion different from yours or the new girl at your girl’s school who moved here from a different country. Are they made to feel welcome in your community? Do they have the same sense of belonging that you do? If you don’t think so or aren’t sure, reach out in kindness. Encourage your daughter to invite a classmate who gets picked on to eat with her at lunch. Knock on your neighbor’s door and invite them to an upcoming block party or holiday event. It’s about being big-hearted, and it’s easier than you might think.

2.     Be a Friend or Advocate to Those Who Need One
You or your girl might feel alone in wanting to bring people together, but chances are, there are many people around you who feel the same. So be brave and challenge yourself to speak up when you witness an act of injustice or hear people speaking disrespectfully of others. Let your girl see you doing so. Chances are, once you’ve vocally supported what’s right, others will quiet or perhaps even join you in speaking up. And you’ll feel good about having stood up for your beliefs.

3.     Sign Up to Help
Everyday acts of kindness go a long way toward making unity a reality, but there’s a lot more we can do. With your girl, find an organization that supports the rights and wellbeing of a group that might be marginalized. Donating money is a great way to contribute if your family has room in the budget—but giving your time and presence can be just as, if not more, meaningful. It’s also a tangible demonstration of your values to your daughter. You and your girl will feel empowered knowing you’re supporting change and addressing a crucial need, with the added pluses of making new friends and learning about your community. And the group you volunteer with will certainly appreciate having you on its team.

4.     Don’t Get Discouraged
Remember, doing the right thing is rarely synonymous with doing the easy thing, and taking a stand for unity will be hard at times. There are people who feel threatened by those who are different from themselves. There are individuals who think only their way matters, or that some people should be valued over others. Tell your girl that it’s absolutely okay and understandable to feel fearful, anxious, and sad when faced with hateful, exclusionary language and ideas. Those emotions are what make us human, and she shouldn’t be embarrassed to let people know she’s feeling them.

Encourage your girl to own her feelings and channel them into courageous and compassionate action—for action, both small and large, brings real change. Remind her how much courage her favorite heroines from books and movies had to have in order to create a better world. For example, in Harry Potter Hermione was afraid—the Death Eaters specifically hated people like her—but even in the darkest of times, she never stopped fighting for others who were also being treated badly. If your girl needs a little motivational boost, pick a book or movie to share with her that demonstrates the everyday or historic courage and heroism of its characters. Seeing how others have overcome challenges will help your daughter see that she can do the same.

While none of us can snap our fingers to create instant unity, we can—we must—take action and stand together for what’s right. It will take time and a lot of work to bring people together, but we can and must start today. Small changes and gestures add up, bridging divides and strengthening communities.

We all have voices, and now is the time for us to raise them—together.

Learn how Girl Scouts can benefit your girl.

Girl Scout Cookies Throughout History


For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts and their enthusiastic supporters have helped ensure the success of the iconic annual cookie sale—and they’ve had fun, developed valuable life skills, and made their communities a better place every step of the way.

Girl Scout Cookies had their earliest beginnings in the kitchens and ovens of our girl members, with moms volunteering as technical advisers. The sale of cookies as a way to finance troop activities began as early as 1917, five years after Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouts in the United States, when the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project.

In July 1922, The American Girl magazine, published by Girl Scouts of the USA, featured an article by Florence E. Neil, a local director in Chicago, Illinois. Miss Neil provided a cookie recipe that had been given to the council’s 2,000 Girl Scouts. She estimated the approximate cost of ingredients for six- to seven-dozen cookies to be 26 to 36 cents. The cookies, she suggested, could be sold by troops for 25 or 30 cents per dozen.

Throughout the decade, Girl Scouts in different parts of the country continued to bake their own simple sugar cookies with their mothers and with help from the community. These cookies were packaged in wax paper bags, sealed with a sticker, and sold door to door for 25 to 35 cents per dozen.

1930cookiesIn 1933, Girl Scouts of Greater Philadelphia Council baked cookies and sold them in the city’s gas and electric company windows. The price was just 23 cents per box of 44 cookies, or six boxes for $1.24! Girls developed their marketing and business skills and raised funds for their local Girl Scout council. A year later, Greater Philadelphia took cookie sales to the next level, becoming the first council to sell commercially baked cookies.

In 1935, the Girl Scout Federation of Greater New York raised money through the sale of commercially baked cookies. Buying its own die in the shape of a trefoil, the group used the words “Girl Scout Cookies” on the box. In 1936, the national Girl Scout organization began the process of licensing the first commercial bakers to produce cookies that would be sold nationwide by girls in Girl Scout councils.

Enthusiasm for Girl Scout Cookies spread nationwide. By 1937, more than 125 Girl Scout councils reported holding cookie sales.

Girl Scout Cookies were sold by local councils around the country until World War II, when sugar, flour, and butter shortages led Girl Scouts to pivot, selling the first Girl Scout calendars in 1944 as an alternative to raise money for activities.

After the war, cookie sales increased, and by 1948, a total of 29 bakers were licensed to bake Girl Scout Cookies.

In 1951, Girl Scout Cookies came in three varieties: Sandwich, Shortbread, and Chocolate Mints (now known as Thin Mints). With the advent of the suburbs, girls at tables in shopping malls began selling Girl Scout Cookies.

Five years later, flavors had evolved. Girl Scouts sold four basic types of cookies: a vanilla-based filled cookie, a chocolate-based filled one, shortbread, and a chocolate mint. Some bakers also offered another optional flavor.


By 1966, a number of varieties were available. Among the best sellers were Chocolate Mint (now known as Thin Mints), Shortbread, and Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies.

In 1978, the number of bakers was streamlined to four to ensure lower prices and uniform quality, packaging, and distribution. For the first time in history, all cookie boxes—regardless of the baker—featured the same designs and depicted scenes of Girl Scouts in action, including hiking and canoeing. And in 1979, the brand-new, Saul Bass–created Girl Scout logo appeared on cookie boxes, which became even more creative and began promoting the benefits of Girl Scouting.

Girl Scout Cookies for sale during the 1970s included Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Sandwich/Do-si-dos®, and Shortbread/Trefoils® cookies, plus four additional choices.

In 1982, four bakers still produced a maximum of seven varieties of cookies—three mandatory (Thin Mint®, Peanut Butter Sandwich/Do-si-dos®, and Shortbread/Trefoils®) and four optional. Cookie boxes depicted scenes of Girl Scouts in action.

In the early 1990s, two licensed bakers supplied local Girl Scout councils with cookies for girls to sell, and by 1998, this number had grown again to three. Eight cookie varieties were available, including low-fat and sugar-free selections.

1990cookiesGSUSA also introduced official age-appropriate awards for Girl Scout Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, and Seniors, including the Cookie Activity pin, which was awarded for participating in the cookie sale.

Early in the twenty-first century, every Girl Scout Cookie had a mission. New cookie box designs, introduced in fall of 2000, were bold and bright, capturing the spirit of Girl Scouting. Two licensed bakers produced a maximum of eight varieties, including three that were mandatory (Thin Mints®, Peanut Butter Sandwich/Do-si-dos®, and Shortbread/Trefoils®). All cookies were kosher. And, much to the excitement of our youngest Girl Scouts, Daisies started selling cookies!

2010cookiesWith the announcement of National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend (the next one is February 23–25, 2018) and the introduction of our very first gluten-free Girl Scout Cookie, the decade was off to a big start. But the really big news was the launch of the Digital Cookie® platform in 2014. A fun, safe, and interactive space for girls to sell cookies, Digital Cookie takes the iconic cookie program digital and introduces Girl Scouts to vital 21st century lessons about online marketing, app usage, and ecommerce. But most importantly, Digital Cookie retains the one-to-one personal approach to selling that is essential to the success of the program and the girls who participate.


Who can forget the amazing moment in 2016 when Girl Scouts took the stage at the Academy Awards to sell cookies to Hollywood’s A-list? It was a stellar beginning to the nationwide celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies. The centennial festivities continued with the introduction of Girl Scout S’mores. Paying homage to an iconic Girl Scout outdoor tradition— Girl Scout S’mores quickly became the most popular new cookies to launch in our history. As the largest entrepreneurial program for girls in the world, the Girl Scout Cookie Program is powering the next century of girl entrepreneurs toward greatness.

Image Source: Getty / Kevin Winter

For more cookie fun, take a look at these vintage Girl Scout Cookie TV commercials!


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Everyday Ways To Bust Gender Stereotypes

stereotypesWant to make sure the girls in your life know they can do and be anything they want? Then it’s time to flex some muscle and start busting gender stereotypes! Girl Scouts’ Developmental Psychologist Andrea Bastiani Archibald, Ph.D. puts it this way: “Kids have this amazing, natural ability to see the world as limitless, but when adults signal that certain things or behaviors are off limits for kids based on their gender, their worlds get smaller and smaller—and that’s not just sad, it can be damaging as well.”

Obviously, every parent has the best intentions, but sometimes it’s possible to unknowingly promote stereotypes that can fence your girl in. To make sure she understands she can accomplish anything she wants in life, try these six easy tips and encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same!

1.       Let toys be toys—for girls and boys!
Make sure your children get a wide variety of toys to play with. You never know what they’ll gravitate toward or why. “Maybe your son will love the mini kitchen playset, because he sees you cooking every day and wants to be like you,” says Dr. Bastiani Archibald. “On the other hand, your toddler daughter might like toy trucks because she sees them drive through your neighborhood and likes to create scenarios around the things she encounters in her everyday world.” The point is that you won’t know what your child might really be into unless she’s given options and encouraged to seek out what interests her most. And if she prefers dolls over dump trucks? So be it! “There’s nothing wrong with a girl who loves playing tea party while wearing a dress, as long as it’s her choice and not the only option presented her.”

2.       Plan meaningful meet-ups
Expose your children—boys and girls!—to women who’ve followed all sorts of paths in life. Your local fire department just hired a female firefighter? Stop by the station to say hi and thank her for her service. The woman next door is a computer programmer? Fantastic! Encourage your children to ask her about her career. “Women, even those with very successful careers in male-dominated fields, are still too often seen by children only as the ones who fix the snacks for the weekend soccer game,” says Dr. Bastiani Archibald. “Helping your little ones understand that the women in their lives have interests, passions, and careers outside of the family life they see will expand your children’s horizons and show them all the things women can be and do.” And don’t stop there! Look for kid-friendly biographies and autobiographies that showcase the amazing and wide-ranging achievements of girls and women all over the world. “She may not have the opportunity to meet a Supreme Court Judge or an astronaut in her neighborhood,” says Dr. Bastiani Archibald, “but that shouldn’t keep her from meeting the phenomenal women in those roles through books!”

3.       Watch, then talk
After watching a movie or TV show with your girl, set aside some time to talk about what you’ve just seen, making sure to discuss how different genders were portrayed. Was the “smart” girl portrayed as nerdy or not as cool as the others? Was the main character male or female, and if he was male, would the story have made sense if they’d reversed that character’s gender? Explain that because TV shows and online videos have a short period of time to tell a story, they too often rely on visual cues—often stereotypes—to quickly communicate ideas about their characters. As Dr. Bastiani Archibald notes, “the more we help our girls look critically at the media and come to understand the negative impact of gender stereotypes, the better equipped they’ll be to defy them throughout their lives.”

4.       Think before you speak
The way you speak about the women in your life (and yourself!) has a huge impact on the way your girl views herself. Be honest: When you give compliments to your girlfriends, your sisters, or your female coworkers, are they mainly about the things they wear or how they look? Try broadening what you praise in other women by noting the smart comment they made in a meeting, her ability to stay calm under pressure, or even her thoughtfulness for calling you during a busy day. “We need to do more to show girls all that they’re valued for,” says Dr. Bastiani Archibald. “Of course you think your girl is beautiful, and there’s no reason to not tell her so sometimes, but she—and all the women in your world—need to know they’re valued for so much more than just their looks.” And the same goes for negative comments. When your daughter hears you talking negatively about the way you or another woman looks, she’s learning to pick apart her own looks and judge others based on appearances. She’s looking to you as a role model in life, so if you want her to be kind to herself, you can show her how by being good to yourself first.

5.       Remember that chores have no gender
When it comes to household responsibilities, families so often assign tasks in a very old-fashioned way without even realizing it. If you have a girl and a boy, does your daughter typically take care of domestic things like washing the dishes and setting the table, while your son is doing more physical tasks like mowing the lawn or climbing ladders to replace lightbulbs? “Put household responsibilities on a rotating schedule, so that everyone gets to try their hand at everything,” says Dr. Bastiani Archibald. “Having mastered these skills will benefit both your girls and your boys, showing them that there’s no such thing as men’s work or women’s work—it’s all just work!”

6.       Embrace Adventure
Have an open weekend where you and your girl could do pretty much whatever you wanted? There’s nothing wrong with getting your nails done for some quality time, but make sure that’s not what you’re doing every time (or even most of the time) when you have a chance to bond. Change it up! Grab a basketball and head to the courts in your local park. Check out the new laser tag place in town to see what the fuss is all about. Heck, grab some wheels and cruise on over to the skate park. Engaging girls in active sports, especially those not traditionally seen as “ladylike” helps her see her body as strong and capable, and not just “pretty.” Plus, it’ll teach her from an early age that the fun of sports isn’t just something for boys to enjoy—she belongs in these places and on these teams, too.


Contributed by Lauren Wallace and Girl Scouts of USA