On Saturday, Girl Scouts from the North Carolina Coastal Pines district will launch the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program, celebrating the largest financial investment in girls annually in the United States and a powerful entrepreneurship incubator for the next generation of female leaders.
At a time when girls’ needs and issues collect fewer than eight cents of every dollar granted by philanthropic foundations in the country, each Girl Scout cookie purchase is key to supporting the change-makers of today and tomorrow.
Through the Girl Scout cookie program, girls not only discover their inner leadership potential but also use their earnings to power amazing experiences for themselves and their troop, including travel, outdoor adventure, and science, technology, engineering, and math programming.
Many girls put the money toward impactful community projects right in their own backyards, from supporting animal shelters and food banks to working with local and state legislators to change laws.
The cookie program’s benefits are many; a recent Girl Scout Research Institute study found that two out of three girls who participate in the program learn five crucial skills – goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics – while doing incredible things for themselves and their communities. The proceeds stay local, meaning that when consumers purchase the delicious cookies that come from a registered Girl Scout only, they’re giving back to their wider community.
From donating supplies to victims of Hurricane Florence to planning a troop camping trip to hone new outdoor skills, Girl Scouts are doing things made possible by each and every cookie sale.
The North Carolina Coastal Pines council is celebrating a tasty new way to support young female entrepreneurs with a recently debuted Girl Scout Cookie added to the 2019 lineup: Caramel Chocolate Chip, which joins classics like the Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, and Shortbread varieties. The new cookie is offered in select Girl Scout council markets only for as long as supplies last. Like other gluten-free consumer products, it may be priced higher than other Girl Scout Cookies, reflecting the cost of production.
To find Girl Scouts selling cookies near you, visit www.girlscoutcookies.org or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, free on iOS and Android devices.