Calling all cookie connoisseurs! The world’s largest financial literacy program for girls is coming to a door near you!
On Sunday, January 26, Girl Scouts across Orange County will begin a time honored annual tradition, selling the nation’s favorite cookies to friends and neighbors. Sales in front of local stores will begin February 14 and continue through March 9. National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend will be celebrated on February 7 and 8 with booth sales outside of select Mimi’s Cafe, El Pollo Loco, Ruby’s Diner and Red Robin locations throughout Orange County. In addition, Girl Scouts is partnering with OC Restaurant Week from February 23 – March 1, when select restaurants will offer delicious desserts featuring and inspired by Girl Scout Cookies.
Excitement around this year’s cookie sale is particularly high. Girl Scouts of Orange County is unveiling two brand new cookies - Cranberry Citrus Crisps and Chocolate Chip Shortbread, which is the first Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookie and is available in limited supply. Meet the Cookies. For ease of purchase, customers can find their Girl Scout Cookies using a free app available for iPhone or Android, or by visiting the Girl Scout Cookie Booth Locator after February 7 at www.cookiesoc.org.
When it comes to skill building, statistics show the Girl Scout Cookie Program works. As the world’s largest business skills and financial literacy program for girls, the Girl Scout Cookie Program provides practical, hands-on opportunities for girls to learn important real-world skills like goal setting, communication, decision making, money management and business ethics. According to a survey from the Girl Scout Research Institute, 85 percent of Girl Scout “cookie entrepreneurs” learn money management by developing budgets, taking cookie orders, and handling customers’ money. Eighty-three percent build business ethics; 80 percent learn goal setting; 77 percent improve decision making; and 75 percent develop people skills. When people purchase cookies from a Girl Scout, they are buying much more than a box of cookies. They are helping her develop business and financial literacy skills and showing her that they believe in her future.
As a top cookie seller in Orange County, Girl Scout Junior Ella Chang from Tustin knows a thing or two about setting goals and taking action to make them a reality. In her first year selling cookies as a Girl Scout Brownie in 2012, Ella was the #4 cookie seller in Orange County, selling 3,578 boxes. Last year, she set the bar even higher and sold 3,642 boxes – becoming the #2 seller from over 16,000 participating Girl Scouts. Ella was motivated by her troop’s plan to use their cookie proceeds to help others. The troop donated their proceeds to sister Girl Scouts in New York who were affected by Superstorm Sandy.
All proceeds from the Girl Scouts of Orange County cookie program stay in Orange County. The revenue helps girls like Ella cover the costs of troop activities, camp, community service projects and more. Proceeds also provide safe facilities, trained volunteers and leadership experiences for nearly 23,000 Girl Scouts representing every zip code in Orange County.
Philanthropy and community service are integral to the Girls Scout Cookie Program. The public can choose to donate boxes of cookies, which will be distributed to military troops, hospitalized veterans and the Second Harvest Food Bank through the Girl Scouts’ Cookie Share project.
About the Girl Scout Cookie Program
People may say it’s just a cookie, but no university has produced as many female business owners as the Girl Scout Cookie Program. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the world, providing girls with the opportunity to learn real-world business skills like goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. In 2013, more than 16,000 Orange County Girl Scouts sold more than two and a half million packages of cookies, earning funds for their troop activities, camp, community service projects, travel and more. All Girl Scout Cookie proceeds stay in Orange County to provide leadership experiences, safe facilities, trained volunteers and financial aid for more than 22,000 Girl Scouts. According to a recent study conducted by the Girl Scout Research Institute in conjunction with an independent research firm, women who were Girl Scouts as children display significantly more positive life outcomes than non-Girl Scout alumnae. Girl Scout alumnae have higher perceptions of self, higher rates of volunteerism and civic engagement, higher rates of college education and higher household incomes than non-alumnae. To join, volunteer, reconnect with or donate to Girl Scouts, call (949) 461-8800 or visit www.GirlScoutsOC.org. For more information on the Girl Scouts Cookie Program, visit http://www.girlscoutsoc.org/cookies-more.