Thursday, December 6, 2012

Hard Work is Paying Off for Naknek Girl Scouts


For the second year in a row, a Girl Scout troop in Naknek received the honor of “top-selling troop” for Girl Scouts of Alaska’s nut and candy sale.  The troop is trying to raise enough money to attend a Girl Scout camp in the Mat-Su Valley, including the price of airfare to Anchorage, so has worked hard to sell these mixed nuts and candies for the past two pre-Holiday seasons.

Members of Naknek Girl Scout Troop #5 getting ready to
deliver the shipment of nuts and candy they sold in 2011.
 
If you didn’t know that Girl Scouts sell nuts and candy, in addition to their world-famous cookies, it’s probably because the program was newly implemented in 2011.  Also, the nut and candy sale is considered a “friends and family” sale, which means that girls do not sell in public places, but rather take direct orders from family and friends. 

 
Last year, the Naknek Troop sold 465 units of the mixed nut, fruit, and chocolate assortments.  They nearly doubled that result this year, selling 860 units and earning $1 per unit for their troop. 

 
Troop leader Karen Pulice credits the support of the Naknek and King Salmon communities for helping the girls achieve their sales goals.  “We have a great community, and with Christmas right around the corner many people are buying gifts or stocking stuffers, “ Pulice said.  She also noted that many customers have commented on the high quality of the product. 

Girl Scouts in Naknek, Alaska are excited to drive across the frozen Naknek River
to deliver nuts and candy purchased by their neighbors in King Salmon.
 

Like Girl Scout cookie sales, nut and candy sales are not just about selling a high quality product.  Proceeds from these sales help girls pay for camp, educational and travel programs, and community service projects and scholarships that allow them to help other girls or give to charitable causes.

 
When Girl Scouts sell products, they also learn important business and life skills, such as goal-setting, financial planning, money management, and customer service. Product sales are a core component of Girl Scouts’ research-backed leadership development program, which teaches girls courage, confidence, character and the decision-making skills they’ll need to be leaders in their own communities and the larger world. 

 
When asked what the Naknek girls enjoy about Girl Scouting, Pulice responded, “I can only speak for my child, who loves working on earning badges, selling to raise money, and being part of something good.”

She added, “None of our girls has been to Girl Scout camp and they all want to go someday.  With the high price of airfare it may take a few more sale programs to reach our goal.” 

 
But, their hard work and determination is already paying off, and with the continued support of their community, friends, and family, we have no doubt they will achieve their goal, and learn some valuable lessons along the way.

 
Congratulations to Troop #5, and to every girl and troop that is working hard to sell nuts, candy, and cookies to reach their goals this year! 

 

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Note From Sue Perles, GSAK's New CEO


This is my second week on the job as Girl Scouts of Alaska’s new Chief Executive Officer. I’m excited about the coming year and looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible.

I’m making arrangements to visit many of the communities Girl Scouts of Alaska serves. It’s important that I meet and talk with as many of you as possible about what’s working and what you might like to see improve, so that we can best support you in delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Stay tuned for more details about where I’ll be visiting and when.




Juliette Gordon Low speaks with some of Girl Scouts' 
earliest adult volunteers. Photo from here.


In the meantime, I thought I’d share with you a little bit about myself and why I wanted to be CEO of Girl Scouts of Alaska.

My family called Fairbanks home when I was a teenager. I spent summers working on the first all-women’s fire-fighting crew for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), interning for Alaska’s congressman, and working on a research project for the Alaska Native Corporations at the University of Alaska’s Institute for Social and Economic Research.


During the academic year I earned a degree in economics at Princeton. Following graduation, I worked in Washington at the Congressional Budget Office and then headed to Harvard Business School where I earned a Masters in Business Administration. While I was in business school, the Rhodes Scholarship opened applications to women. I attended Oxford as Alaska’s first female Rhodes Scholar where I earned a doctorate in economics, writing my thesis about bidding theory and oil and gas lease auctions.

Since then, I have focused on business, working for a management consulting firm, a large bank, and a small mergers and acquisitions firm. Throughout those years, I always volunteered to help children’s after-school programs -- mostly children’s sports and recreation programs -- grow and flourish. 


Juliette Gordon Low understood the value of girls 
participating in sports and recreation.  With the help of 
volunteer Edith Johnston, Girl Scouting's first basketball 
tournament took place in Savannah, Georgia in 1912. 
Photo from here.

I understand what it is to be a volunteer and what it takes to offer successful after-school programs to children. Our girls deserve the very best we can offer and I look forward to working with you to bring an outstanding range of experiences to Alaska’s girls.

Collectively, volunteers contribute thousands of 
service hours to Girl Scouts. Photo from here.





















I feel privileged to have this opportunity to work with you to make a difference for girls in Alaska. As you know, the programs and services delivered by Girl Scouts wouldn’t be possible without our 1,500 volunteers to serve as mentors, role models, chaperones, and friends to girls. 


Just as we always ask the girls what they want in order to keep our programs relevant and interesting to girls, I want to keep an open dialogue with our volunteers, to ensure that you, too, are engaged and have the resources to support the incredible experience of sharing your knowledge and wisdom with girls.

I’m interested in hearing from you. In the coming weeks and months, start looking for my Facebook posts on the Girl Scouts of Alaska Facebook page, and on this blog. Feel free to comment and respond directly to me. I’ll do my best to answer your questions and I always welcome your input and ideas.

I look forward to sharing this exciting journey with you!

Sue Perles

CEO
Girl Scouts of Alaska

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Girl Scouts Announces New CEO Dr. Suzanne Perles

Girl Scouts of Alaska is pleased to announce that our board of directors has selected Suzanne R. "Sue" Perles as our new Chief Executive Officer.  Her first day on the job will be October 1, 2012.  

Ms. Perles brings a wealth of relevant experience to her new role, having served in high-level management roles for both the private and non-profit sectors, and founded and directed a successful volunteer-based youth speed skating program in California.

“Sue has the management skills to guide Girl Scouts to a new level of youth leadership development in Alaska,” said Girl Scouts of Alaska board chair Jane Angvik. “She has a great deal of experience leading teams of people to achieve goals, challenging all participants to stretch their expectations and results.”
 

“Girl Scouts of Alaska is building an exciting future for the state of Alaska by investing in many of our most promising young leaders," said Perles.  "I am excited to be a part of this organization that understands the valuable contribution of girls and women to our society and supports them to achieve their greatest potential.”

Ms. Perles lived in Fairbanks as a teenager, received a degree in economics from Princeton University, earned an MBA from Harvard, and was the first female Rhodes Scholar from Alaska, earning her doctorate from Oxford University in economics.

During summer breaks she served as an intern for Congressman Don Young, was a member of the Bureau of Land Management's first women's forest fighting crew, and worked at the University of Alaska's Institute of Social and Economic Research developing tools to assist with the implementation of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

Since 1983, Ms. Perles has worked in the private sector managing corporate mergers, acquisitions, and valuations of consumer products and retail companies. She has been a partner in her own firm since 1990 and has participated in the start-up of several businesses.

She has also been very involved in youth programs, having founded, raised funds for and managed volunteers for the Southern California Children’s Speed Skating School, an after-school program giving local children from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to learn an Olympic sport. Ms. Perles was a national ranked speed skater and has been a volunteer coach and referee.




Sue Perles presenting an award to a young speed skater. 
 Photo from here, by Jerry Search, SCSSA copyright 1999.
 

“The members of the board of Girl Scouts of Alaska consider Sue Perles to be an inspiring leader, excellent communicator and superb manager," added Jane Angvik.  "She is very able to oversee the human and financial assets of Girl Scouts, to expand community investment in Girl Scout programs.  Sue wants to use her talents to champion opportunities for girls and to give back to Alaska. We welcome her to Girl Scouts of Alaska.”




Friday, June 15, 2012

Vital Connections

When my daughters were little, the popular understanding of brain development was that the most important time was ages 0-5. While it's true that 90% of architecture in the brain is formed by age 6, new science now tells us that the wiring of the brain as well as the remaining 10% or architecture happens between 12 and 25 years of age (http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/10/teenage-brains/dobbs-text).

My response as a parent is, "Woo hoo, I get a second chance." When I was young and broke and overwhelmed, I loved being a parent, but there's a lot going on for a sleep deprived full-time working mom. In my young parent mind, if you hadn't done everything perfectly before junior high, you missed your chance. And, of course, none of us did it perfectly, which leads to mommy guilt.

Fast forward, my girls are now 12 and 14, and their brains are undergoing critical development at a micro level, which new technology tells us I still have the opportunity to nurture and influence. Imagine my relief, especially when a career in non-profit leadership, family disease impact, and divorce have happened in the meantime.

Turns out that the pre-frontal cortex is not completely developed until age 25. The pre-frontal cortex is known as the CEO of the brain, which oversees risk and reward, impulse control, and decisionmaking.

Equally important in terms of nurturing brain development, synapse pruning is the bulk of what's happening in our brains during the teen years. Synapse pruning is the natural process of weeding out the unused brain connections and strengthening and protecting the well used ones, much like thinning out seedlings in the garden.

The opportunity to influence that pruning is prime for my girls right now. Use it or lose it. Which is why I'm delighted to be rearranging my life to be more available to guide that process. It's also why I will be a lifelong supporter of Girl Scouts. In Girl Scouting, we expose girls to new experiences and new people they wouldn't get just from home and school. We strengthen their areas of interest and nurture skill building in new and practiced areas. Moreover, Girl Scouts guides girls in leadership, which focuses on self-knowledge, self-control, decisionmaking, responsibility, and working with and serving others.

We already knew that supportive adult relationships, meaningful activities, and volunteerism are protective factors for reducing risky behavior in youth. We now know much more depth about what is happening in older girls' brains. We also know that girls in Alaska want new experiences, adventure, and the opportunity to work with supportive adults and make a difference in the world.

Girl Scouts is perhaps most critical to girls 12-18, which is why we have to keep working to bring girls into Girl Scouting throughout the teen years. We can't, however lead our Senior Girl Scouts the same way we did when they were Brownies or Juniors. We have to play a supporting and guiding role to their leadership, or frankly they won't stick around. Girls need and want what we do in Girl Scouting, so let's make it work for them all the way through high school graduation, and perhaps even beyond.

Marge Stoneking has served as the first CEO of Girl Scouts of Alaska, from 2009-2012. Today marks her last day as a staff member, and she will now become a volunteer with Senior Girl Scouts.

Monday, May 7, 2012

It's true...Girl Scouting works! All of us in the Girl Scout family are already well aware of the value and benefits we've received as girls, and as adults, in Girl Scouting. Now we have proof for everyone else.

According to the latest Girl Scout Research Institute report Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study, women who were Girl Scouts as youth volunteer more, vote more, have a higher education level, rate their satisfaction with life higher, and even get paid more than those who weren't Girl Scouts.

Almost one-quarter of the United States population has been directly touched by Girl Scouts. Approximately one in every two adult women (49%) in the U.S. has at some point been a member of Girl Scouts, with the average length of time spent in Girl Scouts four years.
There are currently an estimated 59 million Girl Scout alumnae living in the U.S. If we apply the 49% Girl Scout alumnae rate to Alaska, there could be as many as 167,046 Alaskan women who have gained the benefits of a Girl Scout experience.

Girl Scouts makes our country stronger, and we make Alaska stronger, by building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place...who grow up to be women who make a difference.

How long a girl is in Girl Scouts does have an effect on life outcomes. But even women who were only Girl Scouts 1-2 years have higher volunteer and community engagement rates than non-alumnae. That's great news, since taking action to make the world a better place is central to the mission of Girl Scouting, which is predicated on valuing oneself and others.
Women who are longer-term alumnae display a stronger sense of self: 71 percent consider themselves capable and competent, compared to 55 percent of shorter-term alumnae. In addition, 62 percent of longer-term Girl Scout alumnae think of themselves as leaders while 52 percent of short-term alumnae think of themselves as leaders.
We already know that more than two-thirds of women business owners and CEO's, and U.S. senators and congresswomen, were Girl Scouts.

But two-thirds of too few is not enough, which is why in its 100th anniversary year, Girl Scouts of the USA has affirmed its unwavering commitment to girls’ leadership with the launch of ToGetHer There. This multi-year effort will seek to create balanced leadership—the equal representation of women and men in leadership positions in all sectors and levels of society—within one generation.
Girl Scouts is uniquely positioned to help millions of highly qualified young women launch and sustain careers, overcome barriers that confront them, enter the ranks of senior leadership, and thrive there. Our goal is for Girl Scouts to be the catalyst for the gender-balanced leadership that this country needs.

One kind of support we know girls need is role models—successful older women they can learn from and emulate. There is no group of women better suited to do that than our Girl Scout alumnae.

Are you a Girl Scout alumnae? Would you be willing to talk to girls who want to be leaders but may not be sure how to go about it?  If so, there are many ways you can help.  Become a Girl Scout leader, volunteer to present at a Women of Science event, or just give a one-time talk about the work you do and how you got where you are. Please join our alumnae association, and contact our office to let us know how you might like to help.  http://alumnae.girlscouts.org/

You know Girl Scouting works. Won’t you help us spread the word?”

Friday, April 13, 2012

Building Girls of Character

By Amanda Block, Girl Scouts of Alaska Statewide Camp Director
Even if you’ve never been to camp yourself, we all know that summer camp is amazingly fun.  At Girl Scout camp girls experience new things like cooking over a fire for the first time or going on a 6 day, 30 mile backpack trip.  They make new friends.  They laugh and sing and play.

To an adult, summer camp might seem to be just simple, wholesome fun.   But for girls there is also important work happening – the work of character development. It isn’t just program activities like canoeing, hiking and outdoor cooking that contribute to a camper’s growth.  Often, it is by way of the small, seemingly insignificant happenings that girls gain the most. 

Through free play (like building gnome homes) and helping with camp chores (setting tables in the dining hall and cleaning latrines) girls build character – the type of character vital to future success.   For example, when girls live together at resident camp or spend all day together at day camp, character issues are bound to arise.  How girls handle these situations (with the support of their counselors), is how character is built. 
Christopher Peterson, a psychology professor at the University of Michigan, has narrowed to 7 the list of critical character traits that children need to develop into successful adults.  Our camp programs have always helped girls build four character traits:

·         A sense of wonder/curiosity about the world:  Our natural, inborn fascination with the world that makes us want to explore, learn and discover all we can about it; The delight we take in seeing the wonders of the world revealed to us.

·         Social intelligence: The ability to read other people’s emotions and connect with tem in meaningful ways; Our awareness of others; Knowing when and how to negotiate, collaborate and compromise with others. 

·         Zest/love of life: An exuberance or upbeat feeling about life and the opportunity to witness the wonders of the world; Zest is key to a positive outlook on life.

·         Optimism:  The ability to see the positive opportunity in situations; Optimism is key to self-confidence and a positive outlook on life. 
This summer our camps will focus on further developing the remaining three character traits which experts have determined are the “silver bullets,” which result in children (and adults) having not just happy but meaningful and fulfilling lives:

·         Grit:  The ability to hang in there, to tough it out, persevere and recover from a setback.

·         Self-control:  The ability to regulate feelings and impulses; to recognize and manage them, edit them, not be run by them.

·         Gratitude:  An essential feeling of recognizing and being appreciative of what we have been given; Gratitude is key to a positive outlook on life. 
Imagine the grit it takes a camper to face a 35 foot tall climbing tower for a first time.  Picture the self-control a camper develops when trying to light a fire in the rain.  Consider the gratitude a camper experiences when another camper who is excitedly involved in an activity, stops and offers to be her buddy to the latrine. 
This summer, we will help campers recognize their character by not only pointing out when they express those traits but by consciously reflecting on them.  For example, every camper group will end their day by sharing what they were grateful for during that day. 

As you think about registering your daughter for camp (or come to understand the character she developed while at camp) here are some examples of how campers have expressed their character growth on their end-of-camp evaluations:

“I learned that I can stay strong even when times are hard.”  A 7th grader expressing grit.

“Never juje [judge] somwon [someone].”  A 4th grader expressing self-control and social intelligence.

“I think when our group was the happiest was rock clim[b]ing because we all were cheering each other on and encouraging [each] other to climb higher” A 5th grader expressing gratitude.
At camp, girls experience vital engagement – the type of engagement that allows for deep learning and meaningful relationships.  It also allows for the character development that is essential for children.
 

To register your daughter for camp go to www.girlscoutsalaska.org/programs/camps where you will find the online registration link (and can download the full camp catalog).  If you have questions about summer camp contact Amanda Block at 907-273-0316 or toll free at 800-478-7448.  You can also reach her by email at ablock@girlscoutsalaska.org. 
Amanda Block, Girl Scouts of Alaska Camp Director, is an American Camp Association certified camp director with fifteen years experience working with American Camp Association camps, mostly Girl Scout camps.  Amanda recently completed her Master’s Degree in Camp Administration.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leadership - More Than Just Talk

By Anne Gore, Communications Manager

Leadership is a word we hear a lot in Girl Scouting. For 100 years, Girl Scouts has been helping girls discover, and fulfill, their leadership potential.

Yet how often do we have conversations about leadership -- especially the sometimes sensitive issues around women and leadership?

In early February, Girl Scouts of the USA launched its Year of the Girl campaign and the "ToGetHerThere" cause -- a multiyear effort to bring attention to and change the fact that too few women serve in leadership positions. One aspect of the campaign encourages learning and talking openly about what holds girls back, as well as what helps them succeed.

So, on the afternoon of February 7, 2012, that's exactly what we did.

Girl Scouts of Alaska invited the members of "Troop 49," an honorary Girl Scout troop comprised of Alaska's women legislators, commissioners, and the first lady, to join a small group of Juneau Girl Scouts for a dialogue about women and leadership. 

With the help of facilitators Sharon Gaiptman and Sally Saddler, who themselves are successful women leaders in the Juneau community, a lively discussion took place for over an hour.

Rep. Anna Fairclough speaks, as Rep. Berta Gardner and Rep. Tammie Wilson listen.


 The legislators began by telling personal stories about what motivated them to run for office. They were then joined by the commissioners as they explained what routes each took to get where they are today.

Then, the Girl Scouts were given a chance to weigh in, responding to questions such as "What do you think it takes to be a leader?" with answers like "courage" and "determination."

Juneau Girl Scouts listen intently as members of Honorary Troop 49 share their perspectives on leadership. 

In addition to the enthusiasm of the participants, and the heart-felt advice given by the members of Troop 49, what struck me as most interesting about the conversation was the girls' response to questions about access and opportunity. When asked if girls and boys have equal opportunities to become leaders in our country, every girl in the room agreed without question that yes, girls and boys do have the same opportunities. That was encouraging to hear.


But, one girl noted, our country has never had a female President. And, another girl observed that there aren't any women candidates for President, either. That's when a parent clarified that there are women candidates, but perhaps we don't hear about them because the media treats women differently. The legislators chimed in to share specific examples of how the media often focuses on a woman's appearance, rather than the substance of her remarks.  This prompted a Commissioner to note other challenges women can face in achieving positions of leadership -- and not just in politics. For example, men often have access to social networks and mentors, and women aren't always included.



Both adults and girls were so engaged in the discussion that time passed quickly and everyone seemed disappointed when it was time to go. The room was still buzzing with excitement as everyone gathered in a friendship circle, then posed for a group photo.

 
Before leaving to return to their busy lives as leaders, the members of Troop 49, along with the other adults in the room, signed the ToGetHerThere pledge, a commitment to become informed, to speak up, and to invest in girls. Already, Troop 49 members' willingness to attend the event and speak so openly with girls has made a difference.  Because, as we know in Girl Scouts, sometimes the real lessons aren't the ones that you can talk about or put into words.  



Almost every legislator referenced the things that helped them get where they are today -- the support of a parent or a friend, the encouragement of a mentor, or the simple presence of a role model to look up to. Now they in turn are serving as role models for today's girls to look up to.



Girl Scouts of Alaska is eager to organize more events like this around the state during our 100th anniversary year, and beyond. If you want help organizing an event with women leadership role models in your community, please contact Marge Stoneking or Anne Gore at the council office (907-248-2250).



Rep. Lindsey Holmes and Sen. Bettye Davis create a friendship circle 
with Juneau Girl Scouts.


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Who Says Girls Don't Like Science?

By Anne Gore, Communications Manager

On February 4, the University of Alaska Anchorage campus was swarming with more than 800 Girl Scouts attending the 20th annual Women of Science and Technology Day.



It's not surprising why this event draws such a crowd.  What kid wouldn't love dissecting moose poop, playing with magnets, meeting a Great Horned owl, designing a mini roller-coaster, or drilling a hole in a tooth?  



To the casual observer, this might seem like just another great hands-on learning experience. But, there's a reason the event recruits only women presenters, and why its target audience is middle-school and younger girls.  Because behind all the fun, some serious life lessons are taking place.

Although women in the United States have made great strides in education and the work force since Girl Scouts was founded by Juliette Gordon Low 100 years ago, they haven't advanced as far as we might have expected.  Especially in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, collectively referred to as STEM, women continue to be underrepresented.  

Studies show that girls perform equally well, if not better, in science and math than boys at all grade levels. But by middle school, girls start to lose interest in STEM subjects. A number of factors may be at play, including lack of confidence and outdated stereotypes that girls aren't good at math or aren't suited for jobs in science.  

The good news is that when girls receive encouragement from adults and are exposed to someone working in a STEM field, they are more likely to remain interested and involved in STEM. A Girl Scout Research Institute survey released today also found that teen girls who self-identified as being interested in STEM were more likely to have done hands-on science activities when they were younger than girls who did not express an interest in STEM.   



With this knowledge in hand, Girl Scouts of Alaska is working to bridge the gender gap in STEM fields by connecting girls with women scientists, engineers, and mathematicians in their own communities.  

Check out these upcoming Women of Science events in your community.  (And a BIG thank you to BP for making all of these events possible!)

March 3 - Soldotna
March 10 - Bethel
March 31 - Juneau
March 31 - Wasilla
April 14 - Kodiak
April TBA - Cordova


By bringing unique events and experiences like this to Girl Scouts and other girls across Alaska, Girl Scouts of Alaska is inspiring future generations to do great things.  

Do you have a daughter interested in science, math, engineering or technology?  Has she attended a Women of Science event?  What other things can we do to support our girls in pursuing STEM careers?

Friday, January 6, 2012

What can a cookie buy? The experience of a lifetime.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the premier leadership organization for girls, and the $700 million Girl Scout Cookie Program -- the largest girl-led business in the country -- generates immeasurable benefits for girls, their councils and communities across the nation.

The activity of selling cookies is directly related to our purpose of helping all girls realize their full potential and become strong, confident, and resourceful citizens. Girl Scouts learn life skills and realize their goals, and also have fun!
Furthermore, customers get a great product and get to support girls in their own communities. All of the proceeds of cookie sales support Girl Scouting. 
Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program girls develop five essential skills: 
  1. Goal setting
  2. Decision making
  3. Money management
  4. People skills
  5. Business ethics
Why do these skills matter? Because when your Girl Scout has learned these, she’ll be poised for success in her career or whatever path she chooses to follow in life.

Think about it...When employers interview job candidates, they all look for the same things. This is true whether the employer is a bank, high-tech company, university, hospital, publishing house, car dealership, accounting firm - or even the local pet store! They want:

·  Someone who can set goals and meet deadlines. Blowing a deadline can mean blowing a deal!

·  Someone who works well with others. Who wants to deal with strife and complaining in the workplace?

·  Someone who understands customers. It doesn’t matter whether the “customers” are hospital patients, TV viewers, or other companies—every business has to know its customers and what they want.

·  Someone who can influence others. This doesn’t just mean selling a product. Employers want people who can sell ideas, pitch projects and convince other employees to help out.

·  Someone who is honest, trustworthy and reliable. This kind of goes without saying—or it should!

Sound like anyone you know? That’s your Girl Scout, using the 5 Skills she learned in the Girl Scout Cookie Program.
  
All of the proceeds—every penny—from the Girl Scouts of Alaska cookie program stays in Alaska to benefit girls. Some of the revenue is used directly by remaining in the Girl Scout troop treasury, and some of it indirectly by subsidizing the cost of providing Girl Scout programs in our communities.
Money from Girl Scout Cookies helps Girl Scouts of Alaska:
  • Recruit and train volunteer adults to work with girls.
  • Provide financial assistance needed to make Girl Scouting available for all girls.
  •  Improve and maintain camp and other activity sites.
  •  Keep event/camp fees for all members to a minimum.
  •  Sponsor special events and projects.
For every $4 box of cookies the money is distributed as follows:

  • $1.01 goes directly to Little Brownie Bakers for the cookies themselves.
  • $0.45 to $0.50 goes to troops directly, depending on the per girl average (Troops receive the $.05 increase when the troop girl average is 212 boxes or more).
  • $0.04 goes to individual Service Units/Communities.
  • $2.50 to $2.55 is Council revenue. Girls Scouts of Alaska uses these proceeds to pay for cookie incentives, day and resident camps, girl assistance, volunteer training and support.
$2.99 or 75% of each dollar received stays in the Girl Scouts of Alaska community to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

This year, for the first time, Girl Scouts involved in ways other than troops can participate in the Girl Scouts of Alaska Cookie Program and earn program credits, in addition to camp or travel credits, individually. Contact our Product Sales Manager, Tricia Matyas, to find out how: tmatyas@girlscoutsalaska.org

Happy cookie time, Girl Scouts! Thank you for giving girls the experience of a lifetime through the Girl Scout Cookie Program.