Telling Our Story: Why Girl Scouts Sell Cookies

By Breauna Johnson, Public Relations specialist, Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital

Girl Scout Cookies are on sale in the Greater Washington Region. Girl Scouts are taking orders now for delivery of cookies starting Feb 6. Girl Scout Cookie booths outside local stores will run from February 22 - March 24. Each box of Girl Scout Cookies cost $4 with all proceeds staying in the Greater Washington Region to support local Girl Scout activities.

What started as a bake sale in 1917 has grown into the largest girl-led entrepreneurial business in the nation. Last year in the Greater Washington Region, over 4.5 million boxes of Girl Scout Cookies were sold. Proceeds from the sale are used to support local troop activities like travel and community service projects; and to maintain Girl Scout camps, develop programs and provide financial assistance.

Here's what some local Girl Scouts from around the region have to say about their experiences selling Girl Scout Cookies:

DeJah Lee, Girl Scout Ambassador from Landover, Md.

“I started selling Girl Scout Cookies when I was eight years old, and very shy. Selling Girl Scout Cookies gave me confidence, social skills and I learned about running a business. I enjoy donating cookies to our local fire station and the senior center. Girl Scout Cookies puts smiles on just about everyone’s face.” ~ DeJah

Mia Jackson, Girl Scout Junior, Silver Spring, Md.

“Last year I got to spend a lot of time with my older brother. You see, I sold cookies at his basketball games. This year he is in college, but I will always remember the time we spent together last year.” ~Mia

Lila Schandler, Girl Scout Cadette, Reston, Va.

“The best part of selling Girl Scout Cookies is being with my friends and just the thrill of selling our hearts out.” ~Lila

Christian Herald, Girl Scout Junior, Washington, DC

“I learned the value of community service, when my troop selected to purchase three llamas with the money we earned selling cookies. We wanted to make sure the women in Peru could use the wool to make warm clothing for their families.” ~Christian

The Greater Washington Region sells eight varieties of Girl Scout Cookies baked by Little Brownie Bakers: Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Tagalongs, Savannah Smiles, Dulce de Leche and Thank You Berry Munch. In addition to going door-to-door, Girl Scouts are utilizing technology to take orders online, and have a Girl Scout Cookie Locator mobile app to drive traffic to their local cookie booths.

About Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital

The Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital is a leadership development organization for girls, with over 90,000 girl and adult members: 64,827 girls in grades K-12 and 25,699 adult volunteers and lifetime members. With the support of dedicated adult volunteers and parents, the generosity of corporations and foundations and our popular Girl Scout Cookie program, Girl Scouting helps build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. We serve the Greater Washington Region, which includes the District of Columbia, eight counties in Maryland, ten counties in Virginia and seven counties in West Virginia. For more information on how to join, volunteer, or donate to Girl Scouts, visit our website at www.gscnc.org.

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Ilham TOTONJI January 07, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Thank you very much for this article , I shared it with our school troop @ forest vile and encouraged the girls to read it :)


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