February 8 named National Girl Scout Cookie Day
To celebrate the $790 million cookie program, the Girl Scouts have named February 8 National Girl Scout Cookie Day. On that day, Girl Scouts will ask 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.
Thin Mints, Caramel Delites and others will be returning, along with new cookies, Mango Crémes with Nutrifusion.
Having started as a way to finance troop activities as early as 1917, the Girl Scout Cookie Program helps build skills.
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.
All revenue earned from cookie sales, after paying the baker, stays with the local Girl Scout council that sponsored the sale.
Councils use cookie revenue to supply essential services to troops, groups and individual girls, such as program resources and communication support, training adult volunteers and conducting events.
In the first package design update since 1999, the 200 million Girl Scout cookie boxes sold annually now feature a new look that highlights the skills girls learn through the program: goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics.
Cookies cost $4 per package. Customers can now find their Girl Scout cookies using a free app available for iPhone or Android, or by visiting the newly refreshed official Girl Scout Cookie Finder at www.girlscoutcookies.org.