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Get the Facts About Girl Scout Cookies!

Buying Girl Scout Cookies does a world of good.

If you have a question that you do not see answered below, please e-mail us at gshom@gshom.org and we will be happy to answer your question.

  • Q. So, where exactly does that cookie money go?

    A. One hundred percent of the money that a council and its troops raise through the Girl Scout Cookie Program stays with that council and its troops. Again, let there be no question: all of the revenue from cookie activities—every penny after paying the baker—stays with the Girl Scout council.

    Girl Scout councils offer a wide variety of recognition items, program- and store-related credits, and travel experiences that girls are eligible to earn individually based on their sales. Girl Scout councils do not provide any portion of their cookie revenue to Girl Scouts of the USA.

    The Girl Scout Cookie Program is an important program for girls. Through this program, girls not only learn goal setting, but decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—aspects essential to leadership, to success, and to life. Girl Scouts selling Girl Scout Cookies set their own money-earning goals for the season. They may decide to donate troop proceeds to a local animal hospital or use their hard-earned money to help fund a back-to-nature wilderness adventure.

    Whatever the specific goals and outcomes, we assure you that selling cookies does great things for girls.

  • Q. Should people be concerned about where the money goes?

    A. As we’ve made clear, absolutely not! Girl Scout cookie sales fund the amazing work that Girl Scouts do to improve communities nationwide—including yours.

    Through Girl Scouting, including our beloved Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls discover the fun and friendship that life holds, developing to their full potential and gaining values that will guide their actions along the way.

    More background: in the United States, Girl Scouts serves 3 million members as part of a worldwide girl-serving family consisting of 10 million girls and adults in 145 countries. More than 59 million American women were Girl Scouts as girls, and through our 100-year-plus history, our mission has remained constant: to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

    Psst, here’s a tip: if you want to know more about where the money goes, ask a Girl Scout! She would probably love to give you the full scoop.

  • Q. Why do some people voice concern about Girl Scout Cookies?

    A. In short, it’s because they’ve been fed false information about the Girl Scout Cookie Program, which frankly is nothing new.

    As such a large organization, Girl Scouts is occasionally a target for outside entities with clear agendas. A fundamental piece you should know is that Girl Scouts does not advocate one way or another with regard to what we perceive as private issues best handled by families. Personal matters are just that—personal and private—and should be addressed accordingly.

    And hey, let’s let the girls have fun! We ask that adults keep adult conversations to themselves. Approaching girls with salacious materials at a cookie sale is not acceptable.

  • Q. Should I buy Girl Scout Cookies?

    A. For all the great reasons above, we certainly think so! Following a diet that looks less than favorably on sweet treats? You should know that Girl Scouts have the option of participating in a council-approved “Gift of Caring” or “Cookie Share” program that allows them to collect cookie box donations for military personnel serving overseas. Ask us more about it!

    To drive our point home: when a Girl Scout sells you cookies, she’s building a lifetime of skills and confidence. Through Girl Scouting and the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls learn they can be and do anything they set their minds to. And why wouldn’t you want to be a part of that?

  • Q. How much is a box of Girl Scout Cookies?

    A. Cookies sold by members of Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan are $4 per box.

  • Q. Do all Girl Scout councils sell Girl Scout cookies for the same price?

    A. Packages of Girl Scout Cookies sell for different prices in different areas of the country. Each of the 112 Girl Scout councils sets its own price, based on its needs and its knowledge of the local market. Today's prices reflect both the current cost of cookies and the realities of providing Girl Scout activities in an ever-changing economic environment.

  • Q. Why is the cookie sale later in my region?

    A. Timing was part of our agreement with the cookie company and we received an additional 2¢ per box off our cost because we agreed to sell later in some regions. This may not seem like much, but the total savings is enough to fund one staff position.

  • Q. What is the benefit to customers when purchasing a box of cookies from our Girl Scouts versus Girl Scouts from a neighboring Council?

    A. All proceeds directly benefit girls in the Heart of Michigan. 17% of the cost of cookies goes directly to the troop. 26% of the cost of cookies goes to the bakery. The rest of your $4 goes to support girls directly in Girl Scouting. The benefit of being with Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan means that our Cookie s fund our amazing Source Guide Programs like the Women’s College Basketball games at University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Western Michigan University, Camps including Wacousta, Deer Trails, O’the Hills, Oak Hills, Linden and Merrie Woode, our five regional centers in Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, Saginaw, Lansing and Jackson as well as funding assistance so that no girl will ever be denied the opportunity to become a sister Girl Scout based on a financial need.

  • Q. Why does Girl Scouts of the USA allow councils to set their own cookie prices?

    A. Packages of Girl Scout Cookies sell for different prices in different areas of the country. Each of the 112 Girl Scout councils sets its own price, based on its needs and its knowledge of the local market. Today's prices reflect both the current cost of cookies and the realities of providing Girl Scout activities in an ever-changing economic environment. Up to 75 percent of the price of every package goes directly to Girl Scouts in your local area. To find out which local council serves your area, use the Find Cookies! search box.

  • Q. Is any money from Girl Scout cookie activities used to pay the WAGGGS quota?

    A. No, all of the money from Girl Scout cookie activities stays at councils. The national funds that GSUSA sends to WAGGGS come solely from investment income.

  • Q. I heard there is now a Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookie. Where can I find them?

    A. We are excited to announce a new gluten-free cookie that Girl Scouts will be offering during the upcoming Girl Scout cookie season. Toffee-tastic Girl Scout Cookies are crispy, buttery cookies packed with toffee bits and bursting with a rich flavor that is sure to please everyone.

    Because girls care about their customers and set such high goals for the cookie program, many of them wrote to us requesting a cookie that could be enjoyed by all. We agreed that everyone should be able to have a favorite Girl Scout cookie. Little Brownie Bakers responded by creating a cookie appealing to those with gluten-free lifestyles, but with a fantastic toffee taste sure to be loved by everyone. With increasing numbers of people avoiding gluten, Toffee-tastics will open up new sales opportunities for girls as well.

    Toffee-tastics will be available in our council for direct sale only (not on the order card), while supplies last.

    These cookies wouldn’t exist without our girls’ passion for helping others, serving customers and setting goals. We’re thrilled to begin offering them this cookie season, and we hope your whole family will enjoy them.

  • Q. What is Digital Cookie and how can my troop participate?

    A. This season, Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan Council will not be participating in the introductory phase of Digital Cookie. Our Council is committed to responsibly providing the girls with outstanding product programs. We strive to give the girls opportunities to learn five amazing skills like Money Management and Goal Setting. We also want to be sure that we support our volunteers and encourage everyone to be successful by providing the best customer support and experience with our Girl Scout Council. Ensuring the safety and security of our girls and their Cookie customers, during the first year of Digital cookie, is a concern. Heart of Michigan is excited about the opportunity to sell Girl Scout cookies online and ship directly to customers. We know that this will become a safe and reliable way for our girls to participate in the Girl Scout Cookie program. Once logistics, costs to customers and programming for girls is solidified, our Girl Scout Heart of Michigan Council eagerly awaits participating with Digital Cookie in future.