Where Cookie Money Goes
How the Cookie Crumbles
The Girl Scout Cookie Program® prepares girls with the business smarts they need to take on the world!
Did you know the Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world?
When you buy delicious Girl Scout Cookies, you’re helping girls power new, unique, and amazing experiences for themselves and their troops—experiences that broaden their worlds, teach them essential skills, and launch them into a lifetime of leadership.
And guess what? Proceeds stay local!
That means you’re not only supporting girls’ success but also the success of your community, all while helping build the next generation of female entrepreneurs.
Girls Learn Five Essential Skills
Our cookies are on a mission: to help girls learn five skills that are essential to leadership, to success, and to life.
Skill #1—Goal Setting
"I know I can do it!"
Girls learn how to set goals and create a plan to reach them!
Girl Scout Cookie entrepreneurs are always on a mission. Whether it's through an exciting new adventure, a service project to improve their communities, an amazing summer at camp, or an eye-opening STEM activity, the goal is always to power amazing experiences for themselves and their troops all year long, while helping others too!
Skill #2—Decision Making
"I make smarter decisions."
Girls learn to make decisions on their own and as a team!
Girl Scout Cookie entrepreneurs are leaders in the making. They make decisions about how to run and promote their cookie sales, interact with customers, and spend their earnings. And when it comes time to make decisions in their personal lives, they’ll use what they learned selling cookies to make the best choices.
Skill #3—Money Management
"I make change happen!"
Girls learn to create a budget and handle money!
Girl Scout Cookie entrepreneurs are always sharpening their money smarts. By running their own cookie businesses, they learn how to make correct change for customers, count and manage their cash flow, and create a budget to fund the experiences they want to have with their troops.
Skill #4—People Skills
"I get a lifetime supply of confidence in every box."
Girls find their voice and build confidence through customer interactions.
Girl Scout Cookie entrepreneurs are relationship builders. By running their own cookie businesses, they gain valuable practice communicating with customers; talking about their product and goals; and resolving conflict in a positive, productive way—all skills that will help them succeed in school, in business, and in life.
Skill #5—Business Ethics
"Selling cookies is more than just business."
Girls learn to act ethically, both in business and in life.
Girl Scout Cookie entrepreneurs are honest, fair, and responsible.
Through their cookie businesses, they learn to always do the right
thing by their troop members, customers, and communities—lessons that
will carry them for a lifetime of leadership and #winning!
When you buy a box of Girl Scout Cookies, the money stays local. Proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie program supports our programs and it is how girls fund their adventures and service work. Girl Scout Cookies in the Greater Washington Region are $5.00 a box, except the gluten-free cookie Toffee-tastic, and Girl Scout S'mores, which are $6.00. Girl Scouts accept cash and some troops accept checks and credit card payment.
Where Cookie Money Goes
$0.98 Troop's proceeds (average based on various earning opportunities)
$1.25 Cost of product, transportation, promotion, Service Unit proceeds, rewards, administrative costs and debt. ($2.25 is the related costs for specialty cookies retailing at $6.00 per package)
$2.77 Supports direct service to girls and adults
Financial assistance for girls
Camp programs and eight camp properties
Council-wide girl programs
Training for adult volunteers
Marketing, technological, and web support
Six convenient office locations and staff support for our volunteers and troops