Through girl-led, hands-on, cooperative activities in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), outdoor/environmental education, financial literacy, and leadership through service, Girl Scouts sets girls on a path toward personal success and toward becoming active, engaged citizens who give back to their communities.
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Since 1912, Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls.
This year marks the 101st Girl Scout Cookie Program®. The Girl Scout Cookie Program not only teaches girls essential entrepreneurial skills but also powers amazing experiences for them and builds a lifetime of skills and confidence. Through Girl Scouting and the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls learn they can be and do anything they set their minds to. We build future leaders, one box at a time. During Girl Scout Cookie season, each G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ sets out to sell delicious cookies while also building entrepreneurial and business skills that are imperative for leadership and future success. Almost 1 million Girl Scouts participate in the cookie program each year. All of the net revenue raised—100 percent of it—stays within the community. Councils use cookie earnings to power amazing experiences for girls through their programming, while girls and their troops decide how to invest in impactful community projects, personal enrichment opportunities, and more.
Girls “earn and learn”—they earn funds for their Girl Scout activities while learning 5 key skills that will help them in business and life. Selling cookies teaches girls:
1. Goal Setting:
Girls set cookie sales goals and, with their team, create a plan to reach them. This matters because girls need to know how to set and reach goals to succeed in school, on the job, and in life.
2. Decision Making:
Girls decide where and when to sell cookies, how to market their sale, and what to do with their earnings. This matters because girls must make many decisions, big and small, in their lives. Learning this skill
helps them make good ones.
3. Money Management:
Girls develop a budget, take cookie orders, and handle customers’ money. This matters because girls need to know how to handle money—from their lunch money to their allowance to (someday)
4. People Skills:
Girls learn how to talk (and listen!) to their customers, as well as learning how to work as a team with other girls. This matters because it helps them do better in school (on group projects, on sports teams, and on the playground) and, later, at work.
5. Business Ethics:
Girls act honestly and responsibly during every step of the cookie sale. This matters because
employers want to hire ethical employees—and the world needs ethical leaders in every field.
FIND COOKIES – Public can find cookies at any local Girl Scout Service Center across central Illinois. Many troops and Girl Scouts will have cookie booths set up throughout the area at local businesses. To find cookies online, download the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app (iPhone / Android) . With the Girl Scout Cookie Finder, your favorite treats are never more than a zip code away. Download App. Enter zip. Enjoy!
NATIONAL GIRL SCOUT COOKIE WEEKEND – February 23-25. GSCI will celebrate the next century of female
entrepreneurs during National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend 2018.
OPERATION COOKIE SHARE – Girl Scouts of Central Illinois has provided over $1,000,000 worth of Girl Scout cookies to the women and men of our armed forces at home and abroad. In fact, our Girl Scouts were so successful that this achievement is entered in the Illinois Congressional Records. Ask any Girl Scout about donating cookies to OCS.
COOKIES – all cookies are $5 per box
Thin Mints – Crisp wafers covered in chocolaty coating. Made with natural oil of peppermint.
Samoas – Crisp cookies, coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut, and striped with dark chocolaty coating.
Trefoils – Delicate-tasting shortbread that is delightfully simple and satisfying.
Tagalongs – Crispy cookies layered with peanut butter and covered with a chocolaty coating.
Do-si-dos – Crunchy oatmeal sandwich cookie with creamy peanut butter filling.
Savannah Smiles – Crisp, zesty lemon wedge cookies dusted with powdered sugar.
Toffee-tastic – GLUTEN-FREE – Indulgently rich, buttery cookies with sweet, crunchy golden toffee bits.
Girl Scout S’mores – Crunchy graham sandwich cookies with creamy chocolate and marshmallowy filling.
For more information visit our GetYourGirlPower.org or call customer care at 888-623-1237.