Quick Cookie Bites
- Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scout organization, held the first troop meeting with 18 members in Savannah, Georgia on March 12, 1912. Today, Girl Scouting has 3.7 million members across the United States. Most participate in the annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale.
- The earliest mention of a Cookie Sale found to-date was that of the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, which baked cookies and sold them in the high school cafeteria as a service project in December 1917.
- In 1934, Greater Philadelphia became the first council to sell commercially baked cookies.
- In 1936, Girl Scouts licensed the first professional baker.
- Thin Mints is the most popular Girl Scout cookie, followed by Caramel De Lites in second place, and Peanut Butter Patties in third place.
- Each year, Girl Scouts sell almost 200 million boxes of delicious Girl Scout cookies!
- All of the revenue, or "Cookie Dough," benefits girls in the community in which the cookies were sold.
- At the troop level, girls determine how to spend the money they have earned through Cookie Sale activities. Troops may take a trip, visit a museum, have an overnight stay at camp or a state park, or donate the money to a worthy cause.
- Selling Girl Scout cookies is a voluntary activity. Every girl who participates must provide written parental consent. Participants receive training in Girl Scout Cookie program activities.
- There are two bakeries licensed by Girl Scouts of the USA to do business with Councils across the country: ABC Bakers (the bakery of choice for Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council) and Little Brownie Bakers.
- Research indicates the top reason people purchase Girl Scout Cookies is because they want to support Girl Scouting. When given the opportunity, the average household purchases approximately five boxes of Girl Scout Cookies. Almost three out of four consumers who are not approached to buy Girl Scout Cookies say they would buy them if asked.