Why should girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program?
When girls sell cookies, they learn goal setting, decision making,
money management, people skills, and business ethics—skills essential
to leadership, to success, and to life. Plus, it’s a dynamic
leadership experience that provides girls and troops the ability to
raise their own funds for the exciting programs, projects, and trips
they dream up.
Where does the cookie money go?
All proceeds generated from the Girl Scout Cookie Program stay
within our Council to support Girl Scouting in Arizona. Each package
of cookies costs $5, except Toffee-tastics and Girl Scout S'mores,
which cost $6 per box. Cookie proceeds stay local to:
- Fund Take Action projects benefiting the community, as well as
amazing girl-led adventures for troops.
- Help councils
provide Girls Scout programs in STEM, the outdoors, life skills, and
entrepreneurship, as well as camps, leadership training, and
- Cover the costs of running the Girl Scout Cookie
Program, including the costs of cookies, materials, and
The $5 a Box Breakdown:
Cookie Program Costs – $1.10
- Cost of cookies and program operations
Troop Proceeds & Rewards – $1.11
- 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 – $1.28
- 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 – $1.51
- Financial Assistance for dues, programs and camperships
- Girl recruitment, recognition and retention
recruitment, training, recognitions and resources
Why are the cookies sold by Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine
Council’s cookies different from other councils OR why don’t we have
a certain cookie in our line-up?
The cookie lineup varies from Girl Scout Council to Council because
there are two licensed bakers for Girl Scout Cookies. Our Council uses
Little Brownie Bakers that provides this
awesome lineup. ABC Bakers is the second bakery used by other
councils around the country. That’s also why similar cookie flavors
have different names depending on where (or, which bakery source) you
What happens to unsold cookies?
All decisions about cookie inventory are made at the local level.
Our Council has a well-developed strategy for managing our inventory
and leftover products. We order cookies as precisely as possible. All
undamaged cookies that remain unsold are used at council program
events or donated to food banks and soldiers overseas via our Cookies
for the Community donation program.
Does Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council allow Girl
Scouts to conduct booth sales in front of adult-oriented businesses?
Girl Scouts cannot booth at any location that may negatively impact
the cookie program experience for girls and volunteers, and/or
negatively impact our brand. Therefore, girls cannot sell in or in
front of establishments that they themselves cannot legally patronize,
including marijuana dispensaries. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
if you are unsure whether a location is girl-appropriate. Remember,
all self-scheduled booths must be entered into eBudde for Council approval.
Can girls use electronic bulletin boards like Craigslist to
No. The safety of girls is very important, especially online. Girl
Scouts and their families should never post identifying information
(full names, phone numbers, etc.) on public-facing online sites.
Girls may only use the internet to market the Girl Scout Cookie
Program to family and friends – people the girl or her family know
personally. When using social media platforms, the account should be
set to private.
Public online forums are not approved locations for individuals to
post Girl Scout Cookie Program promotions. These include, but are not
limited to: Nextdoor, Offer Up, Let Go, Market Place, eBay and
Craigslist. Public Facebook pages or personal pages set for public
view are the same as public online forums. Personal Facebook accounts
with appropriate privacy settings may be used to share information
with Facebook ‘friends’, but not to sell cookies or take orders.
All online cookie sales should be sold through Digital Cookie.
Digital Cookie allows girls to design personalized online storefronts
to share their cookie program goals and invite customers to support
them. Customers must receive an email from a Girl Scout; they are
unable to go directly to a girl’s storefront. These online storefronts
will share cookie and service project goals and customers can see a
picture or video of their favorite Girl Scout.
Are there GMOs in Girl Scout Cookies?
Yes, currently 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 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
the use palm oil in our cookies continues to be necessary to ensure
shelf life, offer customers the highest quality, and to serve as an
alternative to trans fats. 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”? What is
Girl Scouts’ response to cookie boycotts, and 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 hidden agendas see this as a chance to
draw attention to their causes—at the expense of girls.
Although rare, we sometimes encounter people approaching
girls/troops during the cookie program purporting false claims about
Girl Scouts. We respect the customer’s right to their own opinion and
make every effort to ensure the facts are communicated at the same
time. These false claims take away from the girls and the important
program pieces promoting positive learning. However, we think it is
important to provide our supporters and the community-at-large with
In particular, false claims of a partnership with Planned Parenthood
and accusations regarding controversial topics related to Planned
Parenthood are two of the issues often raised. It's been nearly a
decade since these 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 any political issues. We believe these are
matters that are best discussed/handled within the family.
- 100% of our Council’s cookie proceeds stay with our Council to
support our local Girl Scouting efforts.
Does Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council have a policy
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 underscore 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. All
decisions on how the business is run are made with girl safety a top
priority. Both GSACPC and Girl Scouts of the USA provide booth safety
guidelines, and we rely on Troop Leaders and parents to uphold them.
Our guidelines include a strict adult-girl ratio at booths as well as
the recommendation not accept bills larger than $20 or large checks.
The Council cookie program guide also suggests troops bring a
counterfeit detector pen to booth sales, although it is not mandatory.
What’s the difference between Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts?
Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are two completely different
organizations. Only registered Girl Scouts sell Girl Scout Cookies.
Girl Scouts serves girls in an all-girl, girl-led and supportive
environment. And research shows Girl Scouts offer the best place for
her to discover her full potential.