National Girl Scouts Cookie Weekend is coming

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is Friday, February 27 - Sunday, March 1
 
Celebrates the Positive Impact Girls Make on Their Communities Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program
 
(Boston, Mass.)
– Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEM) invites you to join a nationwide celebration of an icon of American culture - the Girl Scout Cookie – during National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, Friday, February 27 - Sunday, March 1. As many as 28,000 Girl Scouts throughout our 178 communities could be hosting booth sales, selling all your favorite cookie varieties. It's easy to join the celebration and support girls in your community. To find Girl Scouts selling cookies, visit hergirlscouts.org, click on the Cookie Locator and enter your zip code.
 
For 98 years, with the enthusiastic support of their families, Girl Scouts have embraced the annual cookie program as an integral part of their leadership experience. From the first cookies sold to their current popularity, Girl Scout Cookies have helped girls have fun, develop “5 skills” they need to be leaders in business, manage their personal and family finances, and make their communities a better place. The essential "5 skills" girls learn through the cookie program are goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.
 
“During National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, Girl Scouts all across the country learn essential business skills as part of the largest girl-led business in the world,” explains Patricia A. Parcellin, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. “And what's wonderful is that girls earn individual incentives based on their sales, such as credits towards summer camp, and decide together how their troop cookie money is spent.”
 
This year, approximately 200 million packages of Girl Scout cookies will be sold nationwide. The top sellers are Thin Mints, which account for 25 percent of total sales, followed by Caramel deLites at 19 percent, Peanut Butter Patties at 13 percent, Peanut Butter Sandwich at 11 percent and Shortbread at 9 percent. The other varieties, combined, including a new gluten free option called Trios (peanut butter and chocolate chips nestled within certified gluten free oatmeal goodness), account for the remaining 23 percent.
 
The sale of cookies as a way to finance troop activities began in Oklahoma in 1917, five years after Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouting in the United States. They got their start in the home kitchens of girl members, with moms volunteering as technical advisers.
 
In the 1920s and 1930s, Girl Scouts in different parts of the country baked their own simple sugar cookies with their mothers, packaged the cookies in wax paper bags, sealed them with a sticker, and sold them door to door. In 1935, Girl Scouts in New York raised money through the sale of commercially baked cookies in the shape of a trefoil, using the words “Girl Scout Cookies” on the box. In 1936, the national Girl Scout organization began the process to license the first commercial baker to produce cookies that would be sold nationwide by Girl Scouts.

(release from Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts)