On National Girl Scout Cookie Day, as we celebrate the incredible success of what has become the world's largest girl-led enterprise with $790 million in annual sales, here's a look back on how it all began.
Girl Scout Cookies had their earliest beginnings in the kitchens and ovens of our girl members, with moms volunteering as technical advisers.
The sale of cookies as a way to finance troop activities began as early as 1917—just five years after Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouting in the United States—when the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project.
In July 1922, The American Girl magazine, published by Girl Scout national headquarters, featured an article by Florence E. Neil, a local director in Chicago, Illinois. Miss Neil provided a cookie recipe that had been given to her council's 2,000 Girl Scouts. She estimated the approximate cost of ingredients for six- to seven-dozen cookies to be 26 to 36 cents. The cookies, she suggested, could be sold by troops for 25 or 30 cents per dozen.
|Cookie recipe published in American Girl magazine, 1922.|
First Lady Mrs. Coolidge eating a Girl Scout cookie in 1923. Source: Georgia Historical Society.
|Girl Scout poster, circa 1960s. Image from here.|
|Girl Scouts show off the Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies circa 1973 - 1980. |
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The cookie boxes also began promoting the benefits of Girl Scouting.
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Little Brownie Bakers
The new Girl Scout Cookie package showcases the five financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills that the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls, skills that will last them a lifetime: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.
Where to Find Cookies
In Alaska, public sales of Girl Scout cookies will begin March 1 and continue through March 30. You can find out where girls will be selling by visiting www.girlscoutcookies.org and typing in your zip code to see a list of times, dates and locations.
If you can't find cookies being sold in your area, call the Girl Scouts of Alaska office and we'll do our best to make sure you get some! You can reach us during business hours at 907-248-2250 or 800-478-7448.
For some great tips on how to buy cookies, check out this video.