Girl Sout cookie program kicks off

Girl Sout cookie program kicks off

MACOUPIN COUNTY (Jan. 11, 2018) – Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois kicked off the 101st annual Girl Scout Cookie Program on Saturday, Jan. 6. The program teaches girls entrepreneurial skills and powers experiences such as outdoor adventure; hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); and giving back through community service.

During Girl Scout cookie season, each girl sets out to sell cookies while also building leadership skills for future success. Each year, almost one million Girl Scouts participate in the cookie program, generating nearly $800 million in sales nationwide during the average season. All of the net revenue raised stays within the regional council area. Councils use cookie earnings to fund experiences for girls through innovative and fun programming, while girls and their troops decide how they would like to invest in community projects, travel, activities and more.

“Supporting the Girl Scout Cookie Program is more than just buying a box of tasty treats,” said Kelly Jansen, GSSI’s director of product program. “Girls truly gain so much from their experience selling cookies. They build confidence and financial skills, as well as work together to set goals and make plans for reaching them. Because the program is girl-led, they take quite a bit of pride in their hard work, responsibility and success.”

This year, girls will sell cookies door-to-door and at booth sales, as well as through the Digital Cookie platform, a web-based platform that helps girls run and manage their Girl Scout cookie businesses online. Now in its fourth year, the platform provides girls with business and STEM skills to prepare them for 21st century leadership.

Cookie booths, where Girl Scouts set up shop in front of area establishments, will pop up across southern Illinois Feb. 23-25, March 2-4 and March 9-11.

GSSI will also celebrate the next century of female entrepreneurs during National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend. From Feb. 23-25, Girl Scout councils across the country will host events and set up cookie booths.

To find out when Girl Scouts are selling cookies near a specific location, visit or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, available free on iOS and Android devices.