HARRISBURG, PA – Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) announces the launch of the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie season, celebrating the largest financial investment in girls annually in the United States and a powerful entrepreneurship incubator for the next generation of female leaders. At a time when girls’ needs and issues collect fewer than eight cents of every dollar granted by philanthropic foundations in the country, each and every Girl Scout Cookie purchased supports the change-makers of today and tomorrow.
Find Girl Scouts selling cookies near you by visiting www.girlscoutcookies.org or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, free on iOS and Android devices. If you want to connect with a local Girl Scout, but don’t know one, call GSHPA Member Services at 800-692-7816.
The cookies available through GSHPA for 2019 include Thin Mints, Samoas, Trefoils, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos, Savannah Smiles, Girl Scout S’mores, and Toffee-tastic, a gluten-free option that features a rich, buttery cookie with sweet, crunchy, golden toffee bits.
Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program®, girls not only discover their inner leadership potential but also use their earnings to power amazing experiences for themselves and their troop, including travel, outdoor adventure, and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming. Many girls put the money toward impactful community projects right in their own backyards, from supporting animal shelters and food banks to working with local and state legislators to change laws.
The S’mores Executive Club, offered exclusively at GSHPA, is designed to celebrate and recognize girls who go above and beyond in their Girl Scout product program efforts (a minimum of $500 in the annual Fall Product Program and 625 boxes in the annual Cookie Program.) These super powered Girl Scouts, once members of the S’mores Executives Club are invited to serve as members of the GSHPA Product Program Advisory Board and receive an exclusive S’mores Executive Club patch along with two local amusement park tickets. As we begin the 2019 Cookie Program, 270 girls across central and northeastern Pennsylvania reached the $500 threshold through the Fall Product Program and are currently eligible to make it into the S’mores Executive Club.
2018 S’mores Executive Riley V., age 10, of Archbald, PA, set herself a goal of selling 1,000 boxes of cookies in the 2019 Cookie Program – about 200 more than she sold last year. Riley says, “My favorite part of selling cookies is seeing how excited everyone is to buy them.”
The Cookie Program’s benefits are many; a recent Girl Scout Research Institute study found that two out of three girls who participate in the program learn five crucial skills—goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—while doing incredible things for themselves and their communities. The proceeds stay local, meaning that when consumers purchase the delicious cookies that come from a registered Girl Scout only, they’re giving back to their wider community. From organizing events for foster children to teaching students in India about fire safety, Girl Scouts are doing remarkable things made possible by each and every cookie sale.
Additionally, Girl Scouts who participate in the cookie program this season will have the opportunity to win the Cookie Entrepreneur Experience of a lifetime featuring the DC Super Hero Girls™ by entering the Cookie Pro™ contest. GSUSA has teamed up with DC Super Hero Girls to inspire Girl Scouts to be smart and courageous as everyday super heroes. The contest will highlight and reward exceptional cookie bosses who take the lead, set high goals for themselves, bring positive change to their communities, and learn valuable entrepreneurial skills. To learn more about the contest, visit www.girlscouts.org/cookiepro.
Research shows that female-founded start-ups generate more revenue over time and per dollar than male-founded start-ups, but only 17 percent of start-ups are female-founded. Given that over half of female entrepreneurs and business owners are Girl Scout alums, supporting Girl Scouts as they make sales and learn essential business skills is imperative to ensuring our country has a strong workforce and economy.