Girl Scouts Heart of the South is proud to announce that the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Season is upon us! Let your number one resolution this year be to help make sure that the next generation of female entrepreneurs are ready by buying Girl Scout Cookies.
Today’s Girl Scout sets out to sell delicious cookies while also building entrepreneurial and business skills that are imperative for leadership and future success. Almost 1 million Girl Scouts nationally participate in the cookie program each year, generating nearly $800 million in sales during the average season. And all the net revenue raised—100 percent of it—stays within the area. Councils use cookie earnings to power amazing experiences for girls through their programming, while girls and their troops decide how to invest in impactful community projects, personal enrichment opportunities, and more. Further, skills girls learn in the cookie program also influence later success: data shows more than half (57 percent) of Girl Scout alumnae in business say the cookie program was beneficial to skills they possess today, such as money management, goal-setting, and public speaking.
Every level of Girl Scouts from a 5-year-old Daisy to a 17-year-old Ambassador has the chance to earn badges in Financial Literacy and Cookie Business each year during the once-a-year Girl Scout Cookie Season. Daisies (grades K – 1st) can earn their Money Counts Badge with three others. Brownies (grades 2nd – 3rd) can earn up to 6 badges. Juniors (grades 4th and 5th) can earn up to five badges. Cadettes (grades 6th – 8th) can earn up to 6 badges. Seniors (grades 9th – 10th) can earn up to 7 badges and Ambassadors (grades 11th – 12th) can earn up to 4 badges all related to financial literacy
From Memphis to Starkville, Girl Scouts are doing amazing things made possible by each and every cookie sale. Troops can use their profits in a wide variety of ways. They can offset costs of items like vests, badges the girls earn and other Girl Scout related items. They can go to educational events where they can earn more badges and learn about new careers or ideas that affect change in their world. Troops can and have taken trips to places like Savannah, GA, which is the birthplace of Girl Scouts to trips around the world including Japan, France, England and South America. Some troops even decide to take their hard-earned money and use portions of it to give service to causes they regularly volunteer with like homeless shelters or animal shelters. However, girls’ cookie earnings alone aren’t enough to power the Girl Scout Movement—investing in girls is important year-round, not just during cookie season.
“Girl Scout Cookies are a fantastic and fun way for girls to learn essential life skills like goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics,” said Melanie Schild, CEO of Girl Scouts Heart of the South. “It’s not just a chance for them to sell a product and raise funds, it’s a chance for them to learn true entrepreneurship, leadership and financial literacy while providing the public with a tasty treat that after more than a century, has become an American tradition.”
So, beginning January 5th, you’re invited to step up and order some cookies. Don’t know a Girl Scout? Go to www.girlscoutshs.org and click on the Cookies tab. That will help you find a cookie booth or download the app for buying digital cookies or even order cookies online. But don’t wait too long because Girl Scout Cookies only come once a year. (P.S. You can buy them and freeze them, so you can have them all year long.)