questions & answers


When did Girl Scouts first begin selling cookies?
The tradition of baking and selling cookies by Girl Scouts dates back to the early 1920’s.  The Girl Scout founder, Juliette Gordon Low, began helping the first Girl Scouts learn how to raise money to achieve special goals for their troop.  Since then, the Girl Scout Cookie Sale program has grown into a highly successful program that helps girls learn and practice important life skills, while earning money for Girl Scouting in their area.

The first documented council-wide cookie sale of commercially baked Girl Scout Cookies was in Philadelphia in 1934. This money-earning idea had proved to be so popular with girls that by 1937  councils nationwide adopted the program. Today, it still remains popular and girls in Girl Scouting nationwide participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Sale.

Why do Girl Scouts sell cookies?
The cookie sale program is an important part of Girl Scouting. Not only does it generate money for programs and activities, but it teaches girls important life skills, such as learning to set goals, greeting the public and answering questions, handling money responsibly, and following through with a commitment. The wonderful thing about the cookie sale is that it raises money in a way that provides girls with a positive experience that develops character and skills.

Do all Girl Scout councils sell cookies at the same time?
Each Girl Scout council decides when the annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale program will take place. Most sales are during January, February and March. The decision is based on criteria such as United Way annual campaign dates, holiday seasons, and registration times.

Why are there rewards for girls to earn?
Rewards play a role in recognizing efforts and encouraging girls individually as well as in their troop/group.

Do cookies sell for the same price in every Girl Scout council?
The volunteer Board of Directors of each council decides the price of cookies and the amount of proceeds troops receive. Councils detrimentally  vary in size to the number of girls served. Council budget needs vary in size as well. Because the needs of individual councils differ, so do cookie prices.  In Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council, the Product Sales Committee, consisting of volunteers from throughout Black Diamond Council, makes a price recommendation to the Board of Directors.

What is the role of parents, guardians, and other family members in the Cookie Sale program?
Parents and other family members often help Girl Scouts during the Cookie Sale program. They provide transportation, for example, or volunteer to assist in conducting the sale. Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council encourages parents to work in partnership with their daughters, supporting girls in their sales activities so they may take full advantage of the learning experiences offered.