Girl Scouts celebrate 100 years of selling cookies, the new Girl Scout S’mores Cookie and the 4th Annual Dessert Challenge
For six weeks each year, Girl Scouts in Arizona participate in the largest girl-led business: the Girl Scout Cookie Program. From Jan. 23 - March 5, more than 17,000 girls in central and northern Arizona will be walking around neighborhoods with delicious cookies and boothing in front of local stores. The 2017 Cookie Season is an extra special one for Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC), since it marks the 100th year of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts.
Sale Dates: Jan. 23 – March 5
Cookie Program dates are set by each council throughout the U.S. and vary based on local market and environment. The 2017 Cookie Season for Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) is Jan. 23 – March 5. GSACPC is one of two councils in Arizona. Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona (GSSoAZ) season is Jan. 14- March 5.
New Girl Scout S’mores cookies and the Return of Favorite Flavors
Our new Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie combines two iconic Girl Scout traditions-the s’more and Girl Scout Cookies-into one tasty treat. Girl Scout S’mores is a crunchy graham sandwich cookie with a chocolate and marshmallowy filling. Each cookie features an embossed image of one of the five Girls’ Choice Outdoor badges.
Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, and Do-si-dos and Savannah Smiles all return. For the second year in a row, some girls will be selling a limited quantity of gluten free Toffee-tastics.
Girl Scout Cookies at GSACPC are $5 per box, except for gluten free Toffee-tastics and Girl Scout S’mores which are $6 per box.
Cookie Dessert Challenge
For the 4th year in a row, chefs from 21 restaurants across the Valley and Flagstaff will go head-to-head to create a winning dessert using one of the Girl Scout cookie flavors. The new creations will be sold in their restaurants Feb. 1-28. The chefs are putting their support behind the girls and want to inspire the community to do the same and buy an extra box or two. Valley favorites such as The Henry, Olive +Ivy and Coup des Tartes, are all creating delicious desserts!
How Girls Benefit
All proceeds from Girl Scout Cookie Program are used to support Girl Scout programming in Arizona.
Beyond that, the Cookie Program gives girls the opportunity to learn important business and entrepreneurial skills like goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics. “Through customer interactions, girls have a unique experience to learn about and connect with their community, build confidence, problem solve and work together. Much of the benefit for girls comes from learning by doing -- one of the most meaningful and memorable ways to gain new skills,” said Tamara Woodbury, CEO of GSACPC.
How the Community Benefits
Cookies for the Community program allows customers to purchase cookies and donate them to community partners serving those in need. This program allows girls to learn about serving their community and social responsibility.
All the ways to find and enjoy cookies to support local Girl Scouts this season
- At your door – Girls will be walking around their neighborhoods with cookies in hand – no waiting on orders!
- Cookie Finder app will locate nearby booths. Go to www.girlscoutcookies.org or install the free Girl Scout Cookie Finder app on your mobile device from Google Play or the Apple store.
- Booths at your favorite grocery or retail stores. Partners like Fry’s, Safeway and Basha’s provide girls with sales space across the state.
- Use the Dessert Challenge map to locate participating restaurants, and try their Girl Scout Cookie Dessert.