From a warehouse in Vista, 262,000 boxes were distributed to six cities in North County today. Watch a short video of the many volunteers working hard to get this years cookies to you. The 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Program kicks off locally on Sunday, Jan. 27. More than 14,000 Girl Scouts in San Diego and Imperial counties are expected to participate in the nation’s largest annual financial investment in girls.
The cookie program is a powerful entrepreneurship incubator for the next generation of female leaders. As they participate, Girl Scouts learn the goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics that will prepare them for their future as the next generation of female leaders. It works: more than half (53 percent) of female entrepreneurs and business owners are Girl Scout alumnae! Net revenue from the cookie program stays local to fund camp, outdoor adventures, programs in science and technology, and the financial assistance that keeps Girl Scouting available and affordable.
For the fifth year, Thin Mints, Samoas, Do-si-dos, Trefoils, Tagalongs and Savannah Smiles are priced at $5 per box. Two other varieties— Girl Scout S’mores and gluten-free Toffee-tastic are again priced at $6 because of higher production costs. Toffee-tastic is the country’s fourth-best-selling gluten-free cookie, while Whole Food-certified Girl Scout S’mores are made with natural ingredients, specialty flavors, and no GMOs.
Operation Thin Mintsm— In addition to purchasing the iconic treats for themselves, San Diego cookie customers can support the military with “a taste of home and a note to show we care.” Through Operation Thin Mint, a local service project that started in 2002, the public donates cookies to deployed U.S. military troops and local veterans. More than three million boxes of cookies and countless notes of support have been donated since Operation Thin Mint began in 2002.
When cookie booths begin on Friday, Feb. 8, customers can use the Girl Scout Cookie Finder App to locate the closest booth. Find it at www.girlscoutcookies.org or wherever you get apps.
Why Girl Scouts?— Girl Scouts is the nation’s best leadership organization for girls.
Research proves that Girl Scouts’ single-gender, girl-centered environment helps girls develop a strong sense of self, step outside their comfort zones, and build the bravery and resilience that comes from taking risks, learning from their mistakes and trying again. Compared to their non-Girl Scout peers, Girl Scouts earn better grades and have higher academic and career aspirations. They are also more likely to enter professions in business, law or STEM fields, where women are traditionally underrepresented.
All girls in grades K-12 and adult volunteers are welcome to participate in the cookie program, or join Girl Scouts at any time during the year. Find details at sdgirlscouts.org/membership or (619) 298-8391.