New York, N.Y. — The famous Thin Mints remain, but Girl Scouts are giving their cookie boxes an overhaul to highlight the real purpose of the $790-million cookie program, which is to teach girls five essential life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics, and people skills. To celebrate such a monumental program, this year Girl Scouts has named February 8 National Girl Scout Cookie Day. Girls will be asking 50 million cookie fans across the nation to buy or order more boxes in honor of their success in running the largest girl-led business enterprise in the world.
” Everyone knows how tasty Girl Scout Cookies are, but many customers don’t realize that they’re also helping girls build money management and people skills,” said Girl Scouts of the USA Chief Executive Officer Anna Maria Chávez. “The girl who sells you Thin Mints today may be running a business, reversing the deficit, and improving your community within a matter of years. Just ask our 59 million Girl Scout alumnae, including 70 percent of the women now serving as U.S. senators.”
When it comes to skill building, statistics show the Girl Scout Cookie Program works. According to a survey from the Girl Scout Research Institute, 85 percent of Girl Scout “cookie entrepreneurs” learn money management by developing budgets, taking cookie orders, and handling customers’ money. Eighty-three percent build business ethics; 80 percent learn goal setting; 77 percent improve decision making; and 75 percent develop people skills.
All the revenue earned from cookie activities—every penny after paying the baker—stays with the local Girl Scout council that sponsors the sale. Councils use cookie revenue to supply essential services to troops, groups, and individual girls, such as providing program resources and communication support, training adult volunteers, and conducting events. As part of their experience in any Girl Scout product activity, girls can earn official Girl Scout awards at every level of Girl Scouting, including cookie and financial literacy badges and the annual Cookie Activity Pin.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma’s social media team is making the most of National Girl Scout Cookie Day on February 8. The main focus will be a #onemorebox social media drive encouraging the community to pay it forward by donating one more box of their favorite Girl Scout cookies. Customers can participate by purchasing a box from their local Girl Scout to deliver to the charity or person of their choice or online using the virtual Gift of Caring program, which enables people to order their cookies online and have them delivered to servicemen and women at home and abroad. @newsGSEOK will be tweeting throughout the day with photos of customers and their favorite boxes of cookies, as well as updates from Girl Scouts of the USA, cookie trivia, and more.
“Giving back to the community is an integral part of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, which is why we’re so proud to use National Girl Scout Cookie Day as a catalyst to not only make a difference in the day of our families, neighbors, and community, but to also help girls develop skills that will serve them the rest of their lives,” said Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma’s Chief Executive Officer Roberta Preston.
Customers can find their Girl Scout Cookies by visiting www.girlscoutcookies.org, calling 800-707-9914 and press 7 for the cookie line, or downloading the Cookie Locator App by dialing ***GSCOOKIES.
About Girl Scouts: Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls' healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma serves approximately 12,000 girls and volunteers in 30 eastern Oklahoma Counties and is a United Way agency. For more information on how to join, volunteer or reconnect with, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 800-707-9914 or visit online at www.gseok.org.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma
About Girl Scouts: Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls, with 3.2 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development, and builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma serves approximately 13,000 girls and volunteers in 30 eastern Oklahoma counties and is a United Way agency. For more information on how to join, volunteer or reconnect with, or donate to Girl Scouts, call 800-707-9914 or visit www.gseok.org. Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma is a proud 2013 recipient of the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium’s Community Impact Award and Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Social Justice and Human Rights Award.