Review 5 Essential Skills

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Serious fun - serious skills. 

Participating in Girl Scout Cookie Program activities provides girls of all ages with a leadership experience that helps them build skills they will use today and tomorrow.

The Cookie Sale has allowed Girl Scouts to fund their own activities for over 80 years. That purpose is no different today. As the largest girl-led business in the country, the Girl Scout Cookie Program is a unique opportunity for girls to lead the change in their own lives and the wider world.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is a girl-led experience, where girls set their Cookie Sale goals and work as a team to decide how troop proceeds should be used—whether to fund community service projects, attend summer camp, or travel to destinations near and far. All cookie sale proceeds are put to use right in your community. 

Through participation, girls develop The 5 Essential Skills that last a lifetime:

  • Goal setting
  • Decision making
  • Money management
  • People skills
  • Business ethics

Many of today’s successful women got their leadership start by selling cookies. In fact over 60 percent of women leaders in the United States were once Girl Scouts! News anchor Katie Couric, labor leader Linda Chavez-Thompson, and Mrs. Fields® Cookies founder Debbi Fields are but a few on the long list of amazing women who were part of this longstanding tradition.

Why It Matters 

Ninety percent of women in the United States will be responsible for their own finances at some point in their lives, yet 78 percent are not prepared for that responsibility. Households headed by single women make up the fastest-growing poverty group in the country, and recent research among college students showed that females were significantly less financially literate than males.

Financial literacy is a critical skill that impacts the quality of your Girl Scout’s future. Girl Scout Cookie Program activities are designed to help your Girl Scout move toward a financially independent future.