Cookie Finance Myths
Buying Girl Scout Cookies Does a World of good -
So, where exactly does the cookie money go?
One hundred percent of the money that a council and its troops raise through the Girl Scout Cookie Program stays with that council and its troops. Again, let there be no question: all of the revenue from cookie activities–every penny after paying the baker–stays with the Girl Scout council. Girl Scout councils offer a wide variety of reward items, program- and store-related credits, and travel experiences that girls are eligible to earn individually based on their sales. Girl Scout councils do not provide any portion of their cookie revenue to Girl Scouts of the USA.
Should people be concerned about where the money goes?
As we’ve made clear, absolutely not! Girl Scout Cookie sales fund the amazing work that Girl Scouts do to improve communities nationwide–including yours! Through Girl Scouting, including our beloved Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls discover the fun and friendship that life holds, developing to their full potential, and gaining values that will guide their actions along the way.
More background: in the United States, Girl Scouts serves 2.8 million members as part of a worldwide girl-serving family. More than 59 million American women were Girl Scouts as girls, and through our 100-year-plus history, our mission has remained constant: to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
The cookie program is an important program for girls. Through this program, girls not only learn goal setting, but decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics–aspects essential to leadership, to success, and to life. Girl Scouts selling Girl Scout Cookies set their own money-earning goals for the season. They may decided to donate troop proceeds to a local animal hospital or use their hard-earned money to help fund a back-to-nature wilderness adventure. Whatever the specific goals and outcomes, we assure you that selling cookies does great things for girls.
Why do some people voice concerns about Girl Scout cookies? In short, It's because they've been fed false information about the Girl Scout Cookie Program, which frankly is nothing new. As such a large organization, Girl Scouts is occasionally a target for outside entities with clear agendas. A fundamental piece you should know is that Girl Scouts does not advocate one way or another with regard to what we perceive as private issues best handled by families. Personal matters are just that - Personal and Private - and should be addressed accordingly.
And hey, let’s let the girls have fun! We ask that adults keep adult conversations to themselves. Approaching girls with negative materials at a cookie sale is not acceptable.