For six weeks each year, Girl Scouts in Arizona participate in the largest girl-led business: the Girl Scout Cookie Program. From Jan. 22 - March 4, more than 13,000 girls in central and northern Arizona will be walking around neighborhoods and boothing in front of local stores learning entrepreneurial skills while selling delicious cookies. The 2018 Cookie Season is an extra special one for Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC), as the local council nears the completion of its five-year, $18 million Campaign for Girls in Arizona.
Sale Dates: Jan. 22 – March 4
Cookie Program dates are set by each individual Girl Scout council throughout the United States and vary based on local market and environment. The 2018 Cookie Season for Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) is Jan. 22 to March 4. GSACPC is one of two councils in Arizona. Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona (GSSoAZ) season is Jan. 13 to March 4.
Girl Scout S’mores Cookies and the Return of Favorite Flavors
The Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie, introduced last year, combines two iconic Girl Scout traditions–the S’more and Girl Scout Cookies–into one tasty treat. Girl Scout S’mores are a crunchy graham sandwich cookie with a chocolate and marshmallowy filling. In late 2017, the Girl Scouts announced that the cookie would officially be back in 2018.
Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-si-dos and Savannah Smiles, traditional favorites, also return. For the third year in a row, some girls will be selling a limited quantity of gluten-free Toffee-tastics.
Girl Scout Cookies in the Arizona Cactus-Pine Council are $5 per box, except for Toffee-tastics and Girl Scout S’mores, which are $6 per box.
The Digital Cookie Platform®
Digital Cookie® is an innovative and educational web-based platform for the Cookie Program allowing girls to run and manage their Girl Scout Cookie businesses online. Now in its fourth year, the Digital Cookie platform continues to keep Girl Scout programming current and relevant for today’s girls, giving them an opportunity to hone entrepreneurial and technological skills to prepare them for 21st-century leadership.
To encourage local girls to directly connect with their communities, as well as learn valuable lessons about public speaking, work ethic and ingenuity, each Wednesday during cookie season will be dubbed “Walkabout Wednesday.” During these Wednesdays, Girl Scouts are encouraged to walk their neighborhoods selling cookies door-to-door in residential areas with adult supervision, and visit cookie customers from years’ past. Girl Scouts and customers are invited to post a photo of a walkabout cookie sale on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hash tag #WalkaboutWednesday and with the tag @GSACPC. Every Wednesday during cookie season, GSACPC will do a drawing from the social posts for a $25 gift card to a local restaurant.
Grocery Store Partnerships
As in previous years, GSACPC is proud to partner with Fry’s, Bashas’ and Safeway, each of whom will offer local troops the opportunity to sell Girl Scout cookies during cookie season. To find a booth at your local grocery store (and other retailers) visit girlscoutsaz.org/cookiefinder.
5th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Dessert Challenge
For the 5th year in a row, chefs at two dozen 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 by not only coming in to taste their creations, but by buying an extra box or two to try their hand at making a dessert at home.
By participating in 2018, four restaurants – The Thumb, Rusconi’s American Kitchen, Lumberyard (Flagstaff) and Olive + Ivy – will enter the “Five Timers Club,” meaning they have participated in the Challenge each year since its inception. Several others including The Henry, The Herb Box, Proof Canteen at the Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort Troon North, The Market by Jennifer’s, Silver Pine Restaurant and Bar at Little America Inn (Flagstaff) are also returning as Challenge veterans.
As for the Challenge newbies, there are 14 restaurants who have stepped up to the plate this year, including Ocean Prime, The Covenant, The Haymaker, Super Chunk, Grape Wine Bistro, Brat Haus, Rita’s at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn, Market Street Kitchen, Revolu Modern Taqueria + Bar, Tres Leches Café, Fair Trade Café, Presidio, Fuego Grill and Aioli Burger.
National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend
Additionally, Girl Scouts will celebrate the next century of female entrepreneurs during National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend 2018! Feb. 23 to 25, Girl Scout Councils nationwide will host exciting events and set up booths so that cookie enthusiasts can get their hands on the iconic treats and join in on the fun.
Arizona Cactus-Pine Girl Scouts will be celebrating National Cookie Weekend at their annual World Thinking Day event. This year, World Thinking Day will focus on how girls are making an impact throughout the world. Girls and families will be able to travel the world by visiting themed booths hosted by Girl Scout troops and community partners representing nations across the globe, and learn interesting facts, try new food, and play games and activities.
- Saturday, Feb. 24, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
- North High School, 1101 E. Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ, 85014
- Price: $9
GSACPC has embarked on a first-ever local partnership with rideshare company Lyft to help promote Girl Scout Cookie sales. Through the partnership, 100+ full-time Lyft drivers will be promoting the Cookie Finder app on large branded magnets on their cars as well as on business cards they’ll give to their passengers as they drive around town from Jan. 22 to March 4.
“To add to the fun, Lyft plans to purchase nearly 250 boxes of cookies for their drivers to serve customers during National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, which is Feb. 23 to 25,” said GSACPC Director of Development Christina Spicer.
Local Cookie Program Impact
This cookie season, the Girl Scouts will enter its second century of Girl Scouts selling cookies! More than half – 57 percent – of Girl Scout alumnae in business fields credit the Girl Scout Cookie Program with developing the skills they use today—including money management, goal setting, and public speaking. Selling Girl Scout Cookies has helped millions of female entrepreneurs spark their careers over the past 100 years.
During Girl Scout Cookie Season, participating Girl Scouts across central and northern Arizona will summon their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ as they sell delicious cookies, building essential entrepreneurial skills imperative to leadership and future success along the way.
“The funds from every cookie purchase deliver enriching experiences for girls year-round, like camping and outdoor adventures, Take Action projects that benefit their community, and more,” said Tamara Woodbury, CEO of GSACPC. “That’s because all of the net revenue from cookie sales—100 percent of it—stays within the local Girl Scout Council’s area to benefit girls. Councils depend on cookie earnings to run their programming, and girls decide how to invest their troop’s portion of the earnings in impactful community projects and personal enrichment opportunities.”
Cookies for the Community
The Cookies for the Community Program is a cookie donation opportunity. Some customers would rather donate a box of cookies than eat them – and the Cookies for the Community option is the way they can. All donated cookies will be distributed to partner organizations serving people in need. This program helps girls learn about the importance of community service and giving back to the community. Cookies for the Community purchases are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
The Council designates cookies for distribution to the following Cookies for the Community Partners: St. St. Vincent de Paul, United Food Bank and USO Arizona.
Troop Cookies for the Community
The Troop Cookies for the Community option allows troops to collect cookie donations and donate them to an organization of their choice in their community. It is important for troops to set a goal and select a specific organization prior to selling, so girls can effectively communicate this opportunity to customers. Each troop is responsible for delivering the donated cookies to the organization they selected.
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 – A handy tool to locate nearby booths. Go to www.girlscoutsaz.org/cookiefinder to use on the desktop or to download the free app to your mobile device.
- Booths at your favorite grocery or retail stores. Partners like Fry’s, Safeway and Bashas’, as well as JOANN Fabric, Goodwill, Cricket Wireless and Walmart, provide girls with sales space across the state.
- Use the Dessert Challenge map to locate participating restaurants, and try their Girl Scout Cookie Dessert.