The 101st year of Girl Scouts selling cookies begins with the return of the record-breaking Girl Scout S’mores Cookie and other OC favorites
IRVINE, Calif.—Some may say it’s just a cookie, but no university has produced as many female entrepreneurs and business owners as the Girl Scout Cookie Program. On Jan. 28, everyone’s favorite purpose-filled treats—Girl Scout Cookies—will arrive in Orange County, care of 20,000 local Cookie Bosses selling door-to-door, outside local storefronts, and through the digital cookie platform ABC Smart Cookies. Door-to-door sales begin Jan. 28; booth sales outside storefronts will begin Feb. 16 in Orange County. The sale runs for six weeks, from Jan. 28 – March 11.
Data shows that skills girls learn selling Girl Scout Cookies influence their later success. More than half (57 percent) of Girl Scout alumnae in business say the cookie program was beneficial to skills they possess today, such as money management, goal-setting, and public speaking. By participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, each G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) builds essential entrepreneurial and business skills imperative for her leadership and future success.
This year Orange County troops are bringing back the Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie, which debuted in 2017 to record-breaking sales, making it Girl Scouts’ most popular cookie flavor launch ever. Girl Scouts of Orange County’s Girl Scout S’mores cookie is a crispy graham cookie, double-dipped in crème icing and enrobed in chocolatey goodness. Rounding out Orange County’s cookie line-up are traditional must-haves like Thin Mints, Caramel DeLites, Peanut Butter Patties, Shortbread, and Peanut Butter Sandwich. Locals can also enjoy Thanks-A-Lot®, a shortbread cookie with fudge on the bottom; gluten-free chocolate chip, peanut butter and oatmeal Trios — and the popular Lemonades, all cookies you won’t find in LA. Those who don’t have a sweet tooth can donate cookies through Girl Scouts of Orange County’s Cookie Share program and bring smiles to military troops and families served by Second Harvest Food Bank – just ask your local Girl Scout how! All cookies sold in Orange County are $5 a package.
Last year, Orange County Girl Scouts sold nearly 2.4 million packages of Girl Scout cookies. Nationally, almost 1 million Girl Scouts participate in the cookie program each year, generating nearly $800 million in sales during the average season. Girl Scouts of Orange County uses cookie earnings to power amazing experiences for girls through Girl Scout programming, while girls and their troops decide how to invest their proceeds in impactful community projects, personal enrichment opportunities, and more. All net revenue raised—100 percent— stays local.
“We are excited to watch another group of Cookie Entrepreneurs realize their potential through the Girl Scout Cookie Program,” said Girl Scouts of Orange County CEO Vikki Shepp. “For our girls, it’s far more than selling cookies. It’s about earning funds for new adventures, building essential life skills, and soaring in confidence as girls unleash their inner leader and step up in powerful ways. We applaud Orange County’s support of our incredible Cookie Entrepreneurs by volunteering to support the Cookie Program, cheering on girls, and buying cookies to help them reach their goals.”
From Girl Scouts like Huntington Beach’s Grace, who helped collect donations of hundreds of packages of cookies for local children’s organizations, to Irvine Girl Scout Bronwyn, who used her cookie proceeds to travel to India and serve impoverished women and children in an Ashram, Girl Scouts are doing amazing things made possible with each and every cookie sale.
To find out when Girl Scouts are selling cookies near you, visit girlscoutcookies.org or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, free on iOS and Android devices. To support our Cookie Entrepreneurs as a volunteer, booth sale location, or donor, contact Girl Scouts of Orange County.
We are Girl Scouts of Orange County. We are 33,000 strong-- 20,000 girls and 13,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. With programs in every zip code in Orange County, Girl Scouts offers every girl opportunities to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit girlscoutsoc.org.