Annual Girl Scout Cookie Program Begins: Girls Become Young Entrepreneurs

It’s a much-anticipated time of year – Girl Scout cookie time. Through mid-March, girls will go
door-to-door and set up booths at local merchants to sell eight delicious varieties of Girl Scout
cookies to eager customers. All proceeds from Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland’s Girl Scout
Cookie Program benefit girls in the area; girls earn troop proceeds and Girl Scout Cookie Credit
that can be used to pay for Girl Scout camp, leadership programs, uniforms, and more.
Additional proceeds help to fund needs such as financial assistance, volunteer training and
support, and program resources.

More long-lasting than monetary proceeds are the leadership skills that girls learn through the
Girl Scout Cookie Program, which is the leading entrepreneurial program for girls in the United
States. By managing their own cookie sales, from initial goal-setting at the beginning to
evaluation at the end, girls have a hands-on experience in business. They decide how many
boxes of cookies they want to sell, and are then responsible for managing their own resources
of time, energy, and family support in order to reach their goals.

The tangible business and life skills that girls learn through the Girl Scout Cookie Program
include goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.
“As we enter our one hundredth year of Girl Scouting in 2012, the Girl Scout Cookie Program
reminds us of the great potential of girls” says Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland interim CEO
Anne Soots. “Since 1912, Girl Scouts has taught self-sufficiency, independence, and service.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program is a fantastic way for girls to learn those skills and more.”
New in 2012 is a council-wide Girl Scout Cookie Share program, in which customers may
purchase cookies to donate. Many troops throughout Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland’s 68-
county jurisdiction will select a local organization that is special to them, such as a food shelf,
family shelter, or military unit. Others will give customers the option to donate cookies to military
troops and military family groups, which are this year’s council-designated Cookie Share
beneficiary.

Girl Scout Cookies will be sold through mid-March this year, with eight cookie varieties
available: Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwich,
Shortbread, Thanks-A-Lot, Lemonades and Shout Outs. The shortbread cookies will feature a
special-edition 100th anniversary box. Cookies are $4 per box, with all proceeds benefitting the
Girl Scout Leadership Experience. For information about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience
or the Girl Scout Cookie Program, please visit www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org or call 877-312-
4764.

 

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2 thoughts on “Annual Girl Scout Cookie Program Begins: Girls Become Young Entrepreneurs

  1. I was just reading the summer camp guide for 2012. I was very disappointed to read the following,
    *Please note that Girl Scout Cookie Credit cards for the 2012 Girl Scout Cookie Program will not be mailed to girls until May 2012.

    summer camp applications will be accepted on a first come,first-served basis and must be received by May 1, 2012.

    Registration forms received by April 1, 2012 are eligible for a $10 Early Bird registration discount.

    My 9 year old had a goal of selling 500 boxes of cookies so she could earn the money to go to the horse camp this summer.

    I told her if she wanted to go she would have to earn the money herself $290.00 total. And she could earn the cookie credit of $200.00 by selling over 500 boxes of cookies she worked so very hard to reach her goal.

    As you know these camps fill very fast! how can she possibly use the cookie credit if she don’t receive it until after the deadline?

    I don’t have the money to pay for the camp, and I don’t have the heart to tell her that all her hard work = nothing!

    This makes NO sense to me at all (does it to you?) I am hoping that something can be done, so I don’t have to break her heart by telling her that hard work and goals don’t help you to achieve your dreams (at least with the girl scouts) Please help her if you can.

    If not I guess she will learn a very heartbreaking lesson from an organization that she believes in.

    My daughters name is Nikkie Denton (Brownie Troop #70480)

    Thank you

    Dan Denton (928-300-1581)

  2. Hello, thank you for your comment — we appreciate your concern.
    To secure a spot in the program all we need is a $40.00 deposit. Once the girl receives her cookie credit, she can pay the balance with the cookie credit card by phone or by mail. If they have enough cookie credit to also pay for the $40.00 deposit that was already paid, we will refund the deposit once all funds have been received.
    Hope this information helps. Please call one of our programs specialists at 877-862-4120 if you have any additional questions or concerns.

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