Support Your Local Girl Scouts
The Girl Scout Cookie Program® prepares girls with the business smarts they need to take on the world!
Did you know the Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world?
When you buy delicious Girl Scout Cookies, you’re helping girls power new, unique, and amazing experiences for themselves and their troops—experiences that broaden their worlds, teach them essential skills, and launch them into a lifetime of leadership.
And guess what? Proceeds stay local!
That means you’re not only supporting girls’ success but also the success of your community, all while helping build the next generation of female entrepreneurs.
In 2019, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana troops earned $2,096,980 in
troop proceeds to fund their activities, buy supplies, and support
service projects in local communities. Yes, that’s over $2 million in
the hands of our girls and troops to make the world a better place.
Additionally, last year Girl Scouts of Central Indiana nearly $300,000
in financial assistance to troops and girls.
You may not know that Girl Scouts of Central Indiana is able to keep program opportunities affordable for girls and families through cookie program proceeds. These charts represent actual costs to Girl Scouts of Central Indiana for expenses such as keeping program costs low so that all girls have the opportunity to participate, along with insurance, registration and back office support, staffing, and physical property expenditures such as electricity and water. Actual costs are also reliant on the numbers of girls who attend the program activity, so the more girls who participate then the less expensive it is per girl to run the event.
Did you know that every service provided by Girl Scouts of Central Indiana is subsidized for our members? It costs $379 per girl to give her the Girl Scout Leadership Experience for just one year. Families on average pay $57 for this experience! The Girl Scout Cookie Program not only provides funds for the troop, but it also supports all of our services to girls, volunteers, communities, and parents. It is important to remember that the “council” is all of us. Every penny from the Cookie Program stays within our council after we pay our vendor and program costs. Annual Girl Scout membership fees goes to Girl Scouts of the USA.
Girls Learn Five Essential Skills
Our cookies are on a mission: to help girls learn five skills that are essential to leadership, to success, and to life.
Skill #1—Goal Setting
"I know I can do it!"
Girls learn how to set goals and create a plan to reach them!
Girl Scout Cookie entrepreneurs are always on a mission. Whether it's through an exciting new adventure, a service project to improve their communities, an amazing summer at camp, or an eye-opening STEM activity, the goal is always to power amazing experiences for themselves and their troops all year long, while helping others too!
Skill #2—Decision Making
"I make smarter decisions."
Girls learn to make decisions on their own and as a team!
Girl Scout Cookie entrepreneurs are leaders in the making. They make decisions about how to run and promote their cookie sales, interact with customers, and spend their earnings. And when it comes time to make decisions in their personal lives, they’ll use what they learned selling cookies to make the best choices.
Skill #3—Money Management
"I make change happen!"
Girls learn to create a budget and handle money!
Girl Scout Cookie entrepreneurs are always sharpening their money smarts. By running their own cookie businesses, they learn how to make correct change for customers, count and manage their cash flow, and create a budget to fund the experiences they want to have with their troops.
Skill #4—People Skills
"I get a lifetime supply of confidence in every box."
Girls find their voice and build confidence through customer interactions.
Girl Scout Cookie entrepreneurs are relationship builders. By running their own cookie businesses, they gain valuable practice communicating with customers; talking about their product and goals; and resolving conflict in a positive, productive way—all skills that will help them succeed in school, in business, and in life.
Skill #5—Business Ethics
"Selling cookies is more than just business."
Girls learn to act ethically, both in business and in life.
Girl Scout Cookie entrepreneurs are honest, fair, and responsible.
Through their cookie businesses, they learn to always do the right
thing by their troop members, customers, and communities—lessons that
will carry them for a lifetime of leadership and #winning!