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 Rhode Island, Inc. sponsors two product sales each year. All Girl Scouts – from Daisies to Ambassadors – are eligible and encouraged to participate.
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 Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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. Last year, troops contributed more than $5,000 to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation!
The 2013 beneficiary was the Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart and Hope Fund. The organization strives to provide educational, emotional, recreational, and financial support to children and families impacted by congenital heart disease, heart defects and severe feeding issues. Families living in RI, CT and MA benefit from this support. At the end of the 2013 Cookie Sale, girls presented a check for $6,415.21 to this wonderful organization. Way to go, girls!
The activity of selling cookies is directly related to our purpose of helping all girls realize their full potential and become strong, confident, and resourceful citizens.
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: