By selling Girl Scout products to friends and family, Girl Scouts develop valuable life skills like goal setting, money management, people skills, business ethics and teamwork – and they have fun! Our customers get a great product and get to support girls in their community.
The Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England sponsors two product sales each year. All Girl Scouts – from Daisies to Ambassadors – are eligible and encouraged to participate. Both the Fall QSP/Be A Reader Magazine, Candy & Nut Sale and the Girl Scout Cookie Sale offer opportunities for girls to practice these 5 skills: Goal setting, Decision making, Money management, people skills, and business ethics.
The $700 million Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates immeasurable benefits for girls, their councils and communities nationwide. In fact, many successful business women today say they got their start selling Girl Scout Cookies!
Girl Scout Cookies come in 9 varieties – including the all time favorite, Thin Mints – and sell at $4 per box. Each council sets its own ‘price per box’.
In our council, girls can begin selling Girl Scout cookies from January through March each year. Some troops choose to sell “directly” – boxes of cookies are immediately available to customers. Other troops choose to take orders from customers and fulfill them once all the orders are in.
All of the proceeds – every penny – from a local council’s product sales remains in the area where the products are sold. This revenue is used to benefit girls, some of it directly by remaining in the Girl Scout troop treasury and some of it indirectly by subsidizing the cost of providing the Girl Scout program in the local area. Money from product sales helps the Southeastern New England council:
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 product sales helps the troop/group achieve its goals. Troops earn $1 for each can of nuts or candy sold, $1.50 for each magazine subscription sold, and up to $0.69 for each box of Girl Scout Cookies sold.
Each year, Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England selects a Cookie Sale Community Service Project beneficiary. At the end of the Cookie Sale, troops may elect to contribute a portion of the troop’s proceeds to this organization. This year, we have chosen A Wish Come True, Inc.
The mission of A Wish Come True, Inc. is to grant that one special WISH to children ages 3 through 18 who have a life threatening illness and live in Rhode Island and areas of Southeastern Massachusetts. A Wish Come True, Inc. was founded in RI 33 years ago and is a local organization not associated with any national wish granting groups. So the money raised stays here to help local children! The average cost of a wish is between $5,000 - $7,000. Thank you for helping our deserving WISH kids!
The safety and security of our members is always our chief concern. We have strict guidelines for safety. Girl Scouts, depending on their age, must be accompanied or supervised by an adult when selling Girl Scout Cookies and always use the buddy system.
Girls that are doing online marketing (not online sales) read and discuss the Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge. Girls print out the pledge and ask their parents (or guardians), to read and sign the pledge together.
For further information, please consult these additional forms and resources specially created for Girl Scout parents: