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About Girl Scout Cookies

Thank you to all the girls, families, volunteers, and customers who participated in an extraordinary 2018 cookie program. Our council’s G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, and Leaders)TM were featured in Little Brownie Bakers’ 2018 national marketing campaign, appearing on over 1.2 million order cards and countless other items. Check out the above video and two others: Entrepreneur to Entrepreneur and Girl Scout Destinations with Victoria.

Customers bought over 2.83 million boxes in six weeks, including our 3 millionth Operation Thin MintSM box! Our G.I.R.L.-powered cookie program infographic has even more fun stats!

This year we had a record-breaking Top Entrepreneur group of 38 girls! 

Meet Our Cookies
Core cookies ($5)

Thin Mints®
Crisp wafers covered in chocolaty coating. Made with natural oil of peppermint.

Crispy cookies layered with peanut butter and covered with a chocolaty coating.

Crunchy oatmeal sandwich cookie with creamy peanut butter filling.

Crisp cookies, coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut, and striped with dark chocolaty coating.

Delicate-tasting shortbread that is delightfully simple and satisfying.

Savannah Smiles®
Crisp, zesty lemon wedge cookies dusted with powdered sugar.

Specialty cookies ($6)
Rich, buttery cookies packed with golden toffee bits bursting with flavor.
Girl Scout S'mores™
Crunchy graham sandwich cookies with creamy chocolate and marshmallowy filling.
Where Cookie Money Goes

In 2018, customers purchased over 2.8 million boxes of cookies. More than 14,000 participated, engaging customers both in their communities, and online through Digital Cookie. All cookie proceeds remain in San Diego and Imperial Counties to benefit local Girl Scouts.

Where does the $5/box go?


(Based on 2017 numbers. For $6 specialty cookies, the extra dollar goes toward the cost of cookies.)

When you buy a box of Girl Scout Cookies, most of the money stays with the Girl Scout you purchased cookies from, her troop, and right here in our local community. Proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program fund new adventures and the life-changing opportunities girls get at Girl Scouts — from trips to our nation's capital to community projects to spending the summer at camp.

The Cookie Business

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country! By setting and reaching cookie goals, girls fund activities, community service and leadership projects, campouts, and travel opportunities they choose choose with their troop.

Participating in the cookie program helps girls develop five business and leadership skills:

  1. Goal setting. Girls set cookie goals individually and with their troop—and create a plan to reach them.
  2. Decision making. As they make choices about how to participate and what to do, they become stronger critical thinkers and problem solvers.
  3. Money management. Taking cookie orders and handling customers' money is a practical way to learn financial literacy.
  4. People skills. Girl talk to, listen to and work with a lot of people, resolving conflicts and building relationships as they go.
  5. Business ethics. Girl Scouts are honest and responsible through every step of the cookie program.
Girl Scout Cookie Finder App

If you want access to the cookies you crave while on the go, download the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app. Just install the app on your iOS or Android mobile device and press "Find Cookies Now."


Cookie Recipes

Will she help the local animal shelter across town or plant a community garden for friends and neighbors? Cross the country to see the Grand Canyon, or cross an ocean for the travel experience of a lifetime? Go to summer camp, or earn one of Girl Scouting’s highest awards? It’s up to her and her troop—they own their adventure!

That’s the thing. When girls participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, they get more than life-changing experiences and adventure. They also develop essential life skills—goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—all while soaring in confidence and practicing leadership the Girl Scout way to lift one another up and change the world, together.

What an experience! That’s why we always focus on the interaction between cookie boss and cookie fan, and not cookie parent and cookie fan—this is SO important! Enjoy your favorite cookies even more knowing you helped her do and learn amazing things.

As part of our baker’s national cookie marketing materials with local Girl Scouts and professionally successful alumnae, our cookie baker created a short video called Entrepreneurs to Entrepreneurs. Three highly accomplished friends of Girl Scouts San Diego — Mary Jean Anderson (owner/president, Anderson Plumbing, Heating and Air), Susan Salka (CEO/president/director, AMN Healthcare), and Claudia Silva — spoke about how the cookie program built their leadership and business skills.