Why Cookies Program Matters

Girls Learn to Lead.

It takes a lot of determination to sell Girl Scout Cookies, so we know that it takes something extra special to sell more than 500 boxes! Check out our Girl Scout Cookie video and open the PDF for a list of last year’s 500 and 1000 Club members.

2014 Girl Scout Cookie 500 & 1000 Club Members (PDF)

When a Girl Scout sells you cookies, she’s doing more than just providing you with a delightful treat; she's building a lifetime of skills and confidence. Through her participation in the Cookie Program, a Girl Scout learns goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics—aspects essential to leadership development.

By developing in these 5 key skill areas, a girl will realize that there are no limits to what she can do and who she can become; she will have the tools to overcome any challenge.

Why the 5 Skills Matter:

Goal Setting: Girls set Girl Scout Cookie sales goals and create a plan to reach them. This matters because girls need to know how to set and reach goals to succeed in school, on the job and in life.

Decision Making: Girls decide where and when to sell cookies, how to market their sale and what to do with their earnings. This matters because girls will make many decisions, big and small, throughout their lives and learning this skill helps them make good ones.

Money Management: Girls develop a budget, take cookie orders and handle customers’ money. This matters because girls need to know how to handle money—from their lunch money to their allowance to (someday) their paycheck.

People Skills: Girls learn how to talk (and listen!) to their customers, as well as learning how to work as a team with other girls. This matters because it helps them do better in school (on group projects, on sports teams and on the playground) and, in the future, at work.

Business Ethics: Girls act honestly and responsibly throughout every step of their Cookie Program. This matters because employers want to hire ethical employees—and the world needs ethical leaders in every field.

Learn more about the 5 Skills by visiting Girl Scouts of the USA’s website and by watching this video.