Cookie Program

There's more to Girl Scout cookies than what's in the box!


Why Girl Scout Cookies?


Everyone knows how tasty Girl Scout Cookies are, but a lot of the people who buy them don’t realize what a Girl Scout learns from selling them. By creating a plan, interacting with customers, and working as part of a team, girls learn five skills:

  1. Goal setting
  2. Decision making
  3. Money management
  4. People skills
  5. Business ethics


All aspects essential to leadership, to success, and to life.

During cookie activities, girls are members of a team working towards a common goal, with each girl striving to do her best. Every local troop/group is encouraged to set realistic goals, such as planning field trips and community service projects, to accomplish during the year. The money earned from cookie activities helps the troop/group achieve its goals. GSSEM also makes provisions for individual members to participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program.

Making It Count


All of the proceeds—every penny—from a local council's cookie activities remains in the area where the cookies are sold. This revenue is used to benefit girls, some of it directly by remaining in the Girl Scout troop/group treasury and some of it indirectly by subsidizing the cost of providing the Girl Scout program in the local area.

Money from Girl Scout Cookies helps local GSSEM:

  • Recruit and train volunteer adults to work with girls.
  • Provide the financial assistance needed to make Girl Scouting available for all girls.
  • Improve and maintain camp and other activity sites.
  • Keep event/camp fees for all members to a minimum.
  • Sponsor special events and projects.