Why should girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program?
Selling cookies teaches goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—aspects essential to leadership, to success, and to life. Plus, it provides a dynamic way for girls and troops to raise funds for the exciting programs, projects, and trips that they dream up.
Where does the $5 a box go?
All proceeds generated from the Cookie Program support Girl Scouting in Arizona. Each package of cookies costs $5. (Except for Toffee-tastics and Girl Scout S'mores, which costs $6 per box.) Here is how the community benefits:
Cookie Program Costs – $1.10
- Cost of cookies and program operations
Troop Proceeds & Rewards – $1.05
- Girl and Service unit rewards
- Troop proceeds – used for field trips, travel, camp, events, community service projects, program supplies, books, membership
High Quality Programs & Properties – $1.31
- Maintain our four Girl Scout camps and program sites
- Council-sponsored girl and volunteer events/programs in areas of Outdoors, STEM, Entrepreneurship and Life Skills
Girl & Volunteer Services – $1.54
- Financial Assistance for dues, programs and camperships
- Girl recruitment, recognition and retention
- Volunteer recruitment, training, recognitions and resources
Why are some of Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council’s cookies different from those sold at other councils OR why don’t we have a certain cookie in our line-up?
There are two bakeries that make Girl Scout Cookies in the country. If a customer asks for a cookie that is not in our line-up, it is likely that the bakery connected with GSACPC does not make that particular cookie. Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council sells: Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, Tagalongs, Do-si-dos, Savannah Smiles, and Rah-Rah Raisins (new in 2015). There is also a limited number of gluten-free Toffee-tastic Girl Scout Cookies for sale in 2015.
What happens to unsold cookies?
To date, all decisions about cookie inventory are made at the local level. Currently, Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council has a well-developed strategy for managing our inventory and leftover products. We order cookies in as precise an amount as possible, and all undamaged and uncompromised cookies that remain unsold are donated to food banks and soldiers overseas via Gift of Caring and are used at council program events.
Does Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council allow Girl Scouts to conduct booth sales in front of adult-oriented businesses?
Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) does not allow girls to sell cookies outside of any adult-oriented business, including but not limited to a bar, strip club, casino, liquor store, gun show, or marijuana dispensary. We recognize these are legitimate businesses, but feel they are inappropriate places for girls and the Girl Scout brand. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is a council-run business. All the money stays in local councils, and the councils make all decisions on how the business is run with girl safety a top priority. Both GSACPC and Girl Scouts of the USA offer booth safety guidelines, but we rely on troop leaders and parents to make booth sale location decisions.
Are there GMOs in Girl Scout Cookies?
Yes, at the current time, there are genetically modified agricultural crops (GMOs) in Girl Scout Cookies. Our bakers determine whether to use GMOs in Girl Scout Cookies based on a range of market-related factors and depending on the specific cookie recipe.
Girl Scouts listens to its customers, and we work with our trusted bakers, who are industry leaders, to develop recipes for these sweet treats using ingredients that will produce the best-tasting and highest-quality cookies while simultaneously addressing industry trends, scientific trends, and of course, consumer preference. As an organization, we continue to defer to required federal guidelines as they relate to our products.
Why is palm oil used in Girl Scout Cookies?
Palm oil is an ingredient found in the majority of baked snacks sold in the United States. Girl Scouts of the USA’s licensed bakers tell us it continues to be necessary to use palm oil in our cookies to ensure shelf life, to offer customers the highest quality, and to serve as an alternative to trans fats. One of the primary goals of our Girl Scout cookie bakers is to create the best-tasting cookies possible using the healthiest ingredients available. Click here for more information.
What is the cookie boycott, AKA the “cookiecott”? How should volunteers respond if a customer asks about a cookie boycott or Girl Scouts’ position on social issues, such as Planned Parenthood?
With the increased media focus on Girl Scouts during the cookie season, a number of groups with their own agendas see this as a chance to draw attention to their causes—at the expense of the girls.
And although rare, a few of our leaders and parents may encounter people approaching girls/troops during the cookie sale, wanting to discuss sensitive issues. Usually, a calm request to speak with the Girl Scout adult away from the girls takes care of the matter and helps to not disrupt the girls.
In particular, false claims of a partnership with Planned Parenthood and accusations regarding controversial topics related to Planned Parenthood are two of the issues being raised. It's been nearly a decade since the rumors first surfaced. There was no partnership then and there is none now. Here are the facts:
- Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and GSACPC do not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood.
- Girl Scouts does not provide financial support of any kind to Planned Parenthood.
- Girl Scouts does not advocate on behalf of any cause or mission outside of the Girl Scout mission, which is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts does not take a position on abortion or birth control, nor do we endorse or provide funding to organizations that advocate on behalf of these issues. We believe these are matters that are best discussed/handled within the family.
- 100% of cookie proceeds go to the local council.
Does Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) have a policy in place to address the potential issue of counterfeit money being used at cookie booth sales?
We are appalled that anyone would use counterfeit money to steal from a Girl Scout. This crime takes away proceeds from Girl Scout cookie sales that fund girl programs and projects in our community. These types of incidents puts a fine point on the relevancy of Girl Scouts and programs like it that teach values, principles, and ethics.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program is a council-run business. The councils make all decisions on how the business is run with girl safety a top priority. Both GSACPC and Girl Scouts of the USA offer booth safety guidelines, and we rely on troop leaders and parents to uphold them. Our guidelines include a strict adult-girl ratio at each booth as well as the recommendation to not accept $50 or $100 bills or large checks. The council cookie program guide also suggests troops bring a counterfeit detector to booth sales, though it is not mandatory.