FAQs

Buying Girl Scout Cookies®

When do Girl Scout Cookies go on sale and how do I find them?

Girl Scout Cookies can be purchased only from girls participating in Girl Scouts and only during your local council’s cookie season. To find cookies, learn when cookie season starts in your community, and locate cookie sales booths, simply enter your zip code in the Find Cookies! search box.

You can also call your local Girl Scout council. You can find its phone number(s), website, Facebook page, and Twitter account on the Council Finder page of our website. Volunteers or staff there can help you find a cookie booth or a Girl Scout troop near you. A council conducts only one cookie sale per year. Most of these activities take place between January and April, but some occur as early as September.

Finally, try our free mobile Cookie Finder app for your iOS or Android device. You can search for cookie sales in your neighborhood, get details on your favorite Girl Scout Cookies, and use social media to learn more and tell your friends. 

Can I buy Girl Scout Cookies online?

Yes, if you know a Girl Scout who is participating in the Digital Cookie® platform. During the 2014–2015 cookie season, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) launched the Digital Cookie platform, a fun, safe, and interactive space for girls to sell cookies, taking the iconic Girl Scout Cookie program digital. This enhancement adds a digital layer that expands and strengthens the ways girls learn five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

Most Girl Scout councils offer girls the ability to sell cookies to their friends and family online and via mobile devices. To find out if the Digital Cookie platform is available in your area, visit www.girlscouts.org/digitalcookie for a list of participating Girl Scout councils. If you know a Girl Scout, tell her you're interested in becoming a Digital Cookie customer—and she’ll take it from there!

We caution against purchases of Girl Scout Cookies found for sale online at auction and via community list sites, such as eBay and Amazon, because GSUSA, your local Girl Scout council, and our licensed cookie bakers cannot guarantee the freshness or integrity of these cookies. In many instances, these cookies are actually expired. Further, purchasing cookies in this way does not support Girl Scouts participating in the cookie program. 

Are Girl Scout Cookies shipped?

Girl Scout Cookies purchased via the Digital Cookie platform can be shipped within the United States, including to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and military or diplomatic locations with an APO/FPO/DPO address. To find out if the Digital Cookie platform is available in your area, visit www.girlscouts.org/digitalcookie for a list of participating Girl Scout councils. If you know a Girl Scout, tell her you're interested in becoming a Digital Cookie customer—and she’ll take it from there!

Why are Girl Scout Cookies available only for a short time?

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the premier entrepreneurship opportunity for girls, but it is just one part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Girl Scouts participate in varied activities throughout the year and work on many projects. The cookie sale is just one of those activities. And because only girls may sell Girl Scout Cookies, their market availability is normally limited to the six- to eight-week period when they are engaged in the program in their local council. 

What is the value of the Girl Scout Cookie Program to girls?

When you buy Girl Scout Cookies, you power amazing adventures and life-changing opportunities for girls—from trips to our nation's capital to community projects, from summer camp to charitable donations. The more cookies you buy, the more you help every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) build entrepreneurial skills and take the lead, both now and in the future.. And it's about the skills a girl gains from interacting directly with you, the cookie customer! It's about the experience of running her very own cookie business, working with others—and building a lifetime of confidence as she learns the five skills (goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics) essential to leadership, success, and life.

 

Product Information

What if I'm not satisfied with my Girl Scout Cookies?

Contact the cookie baker if for any reason you aren't satisfied with a package of Girl Scout Cookies you purchased. The baker contact information is listed on the side of each package.

For Little Brownie Bakers, visit http://www.littlebrowniebakers.com/contact.

For ABC Bakers, visit https://www.abcbakers.com.  

How can I be sure my Girl Scout Cookies were baked for the current season?

Every Girl Scout Cookie package is stamped with a seasonal “use or freeze by” date. This date corresponds with the end of each cookie season. Accordingly, Girl Scout Cookies with a 2018 date would be baked for the 2017–2018 season.

What are the sizes, quantities, and prices of Girl Scout Cookies?

Girl Scout Cookies are sold by weight, not by size or number. The number and size of cookies vary by variety and by baker. This information is featured on every package. You can also learn about the cookies in the Meet the Cookies section of our website.

Who bakes Girl Scout Cookies?

Currently, two commercial bakers are licensed by Girl Scouts of the USA to produce Girl Scout Cookies: ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers.

Why are my Caramel deLites® now called Samoas®? Why are my Trefoils® now called Shortbread?

Each Girl Scout council chooses a licensed baker, either ABC Bakers or Little Brownie Bakers. A cookie may be called Trefoils when baked by one baker and Shortbread when baked by the other. The two cookies look and taste similar, but the name of the cookie and the recipe may be different. The exceptions are Thin Mints® and Girl Scout S’mores, which are names used by both bakers.

How do I find out the ingredients, nutritional value, and allergen information for Girl Scout Cookies?

Cookie ingredients, nutritional information, and allergen information are clearly listed on both the cookie package and the cookie order form. This information can also be found in the Meet the Cookies section of the Girl Scout website.

With special regard for allergen concerns, our bakers bake Girl Scout Cookies in state-of-the-art facilities, and consumers can be assured that every required safety protocol is adhered to in order to prevent cross-contamination of ingredients. Consumers with additional questions can find out more by visiting the baker websites: www.abcbakers.com or www.littlebrownie.com. To find out which licensed baker supplies your council with cookies, please contact your local council. Ingredients may differ slightly by baker.

Who selects Girl Scout Cookie varieties?

GSUSA reviews and approves the varieties of Girl Scout Cookies.

To see a listing of all current varieties of Girl Scout Cookies, along with pictures and descriptions, go to Meet the Cookies.

Are all Girl Scout Cookies kosher?

Yes. All Girl Scout Cookies are kosher. For more information about cookie ingredients, please see Meet the Cookies, or visit our bakers’ websites: ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers.

What are the bestselling Girl Scout Cookies?

The top sellers are:

  • Thin Mints
  • Caramel deLites/Samoas
  • Peanut Butter Patties®/Tagalongs®
  • Do-si-dos®/Peanut Butter Sandwich
  • Shortbread/Trefoils 
Where can I find recipes using Girl Scout Cookies?

You can find recipes on our Cookie Recipes page or on the websites of our two licensed bakers, ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers. You can also visit www.pinterest.com/GSUSA to find and share recipes.

Who are the girls on the Girl Scout Cookie boxes?

All of the girls pictured on the packages are registered Girl Scouts or Girl Scout alumnae. Every package shows Girl Scouts in action and participating in real Girl Scout program activities.

Do Girl Scout Cookies have trans fats?

Girl Scouts of the USA is proud that all Girl Scout Cookies have "zero grams trans fat per serving," with the same great taste that has made them one of America's favorite treats over the years. All varieties contain less than 0.5 grams trans fat per serving, which meets the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) guidelines for the "zero grams trans fat" designation. For a list of specific cookie ingredients, please see Meet the Cookies.

Is high-fructose corn syrup used in Girl Scout Cookies?

We trust our licensed bakers, who are industry leaders, to develop recipes using ingredients that will produce the best-tasting and highest-quality cookies while simultaneously addressing industry trends, scientific trends, and, of course, consumer preference. One of our bakers, Little Brownie Bakers, has removed high-fructose corn syrup from its cookies. For a list of specific cookie ingredients, please see Meet the Cookies, or visit our bakers’ websites: ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers.

Why is palm oil used in Girl Scout Cookies?

Palm oil is an ingredient found in the majority of baked snacks sold in the United States. Per GSUSA's licensed bakers, it is necessary to use palm oil in our cookies because palm oil is unique in its ability to provide volume and texture in baked goods, usually without adding trans fats. Additionally, growing palm oil requires less land in comparison to other vegetable oils and supports the livelihoods of more than 4 million farmers globally. One of the primary goals of our Girl Scout Cookie bakers is to create the best-tasting cookies possible using the best ingredients available.

The world's food supply is intricately tied to the use of palm oil, so we believe promoting sustainable manufacturing principles is the most responsible approach for Girl Scouts and Girl Scout Cookie development. At Girl Scouts, we have an opportunity to use our strong voice to bring about positive change on this very important issue, and our bakers have made the following commitments:

  • GSUSA and our licensed bakers are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), an organization of growers, buyers, manufacturers, conservationists, and other interested parties striving to develop and follow best practices to ensure sustainability.

  • Our licensed bakers are committed to using as little palm oil as possible in Girl Scout Cookies and have committed to continuing to research viable alternatives. Please visit www.littlebrownie.com or https://www.abcbakers.com/ to read more about our bakers' positions on palm oil.

Thanks to the encouragement of and partnership with Girl Scout members, we and our bakers have realized the power of the Girl Scout brand to make a positive difference in the move toward sustainably produced palm oil.

What does the GreenPalm logo on the side of my Girl Scout Cookie package represent?

The GreenPalm/RSPO logo on Girl Scout Cookie packages baked by ABC Bakers signifies a commitment by our licensed baker to support the production of certified sustainable palm oil.  The presence of the logo on cookie packages ensures consumers and Girl Scout members that our baker purchased enough GreenPalm/RSPO credits to offset 100 percent of the palm oil used in Girl Scout Cookies. Visit http://www.rspo.org to learn more about these certificates.

 

 

 

 

What’s the significance of the RSPO logo on the side of my Girl Scout Cookie package?

Little Brownie Bakers, one of our licensed bakers, uses an RSPO logo on its cookie packages because Little Brownie Bakers shifted from GreenPalm to the “Mass Balance” system. The RSPO logo on Girl Scout Cookie packages signifies that 100 percent of the palm oil used in this product has been certified by the RSPO. This mass balance certification supports farms that are growing palm oil using sustainable practices, respecting human rights, and preventing deforestation. This baker is working with the RSPO to not only improve the sustainability of palm oil for Girl Scouts products but also for the entire industry. Visit www.greenpalm.org to learn more about RSPO.

Are Girl Scout Cookies "sustainable"?

Sustainability refers to social, environmental, and economic factors that an organization addresses to provide value not only to consumers, but to the world. GSUSA is very proud of the initiatives its licensed bakers report on annually that speak to their corporate sustainability and social responsibility. The Girl Scout commitment to “make the world a better place” is a tenet GSUSA and its licensed bakers take very seriously.

Is the cocoa used in Girl Scout Cookies “conflict-free”?

Our licensed cookie bakers are actively working with their suppliers to ensure that the cocoa used in Girl Scout Cookies is responsibly sourced. Our bakers are required to provide assurance that cocoa sourced for Girl Scout Cookies is child- and slave-labor free. To provide this assurance, our bakers require compliance from their cocoa suppliers through strict supplier codes of conduct. Our bakers are working with cocoa suppliers, farmers, and industry partners to identify risks and support education and training that promotes sustainable and ethical practices.

GSUSA understands that, in spite of the best efforts of our manufacturers and the ongoing work by their suppliers, we also have a responsibility to provide leadership on the topic of slave labor and human trafficking. We are committed to using our powerful voice and brand wherever possible to effect change in this area.

Are there GMOs in Girl Scout Cookies?

GSUSA is committed to providing cookie customers with the highest-quality products available. We understand that customers have questions about the foods they choose to eat, and GSUSA works alongside its trusted bakers to develop recipes using ingredients that will produce the best-tasting and highest-quality cookies.

At the current time, there are genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in some Girl Scout Cookies based on a range of market-related factors and depending on specific cookie recipes. In some markets, the specialty-ingredient Girl Scout S’mores cookie baked by Little Brownie Bakers is made with ingredients that are verified as not containing GMOs. Girl Scouts recognizes that many people have concerns regarding GMO ingredients, and we monitor member and consumer opinion on this matter while simultaneously addressing industry trends; scientific trends; and, of course, consumer preference.

It is important to note that there is worldwide scientific support for the safety of currently commercialized ingredients derived from GMO agricultural crops. The World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the American Medical Association all share this assessment. It is also important to note that in the future, GMO ingredients may offer new, cost-effective alternatives to feeding the world’s growing population.

Are there PHOs in Girl Scout Cookies?

There are no partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in Girl Scout Cookies.

For a list of specific ingredients in our cookies, please see Meet the Cookies or visit the websites of our two licensed bakers: ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers.

Why do my Girl Scout Cookie nutrition labels look different from last year?

In May 2016, the FDA announced that the new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods would reflect new scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases, such as obesity and heart disease. The new label will make it easier for consumers to make better-informed food choices.

Information from the FDA can be found at http://go.usa.gov/xkHru.

Should people with diabetes buy or consume Girl Scout Cookies?

We encourage consumers concerned about sugar intake to discuss dietary options with a doctor or registered dietitian.

For consumer convenience, each of our licensed baker’s lists dietary exchanges on the cookie information pages of their website, so that people with diabetes and parents of children with diabetes can make informed choices. The amount of sugar and carbohydrates is also listed on the package. Dietary exchanges should always be consulted, even if a product is labeled "sugarless." With regard to labeling, terms such as "sugar free" or "sugarless" are not synonymous with "diabetic-friendly," owing to the carbohydrates.

Don't Girl Scout Cookies contribute to childhood obesity?

Girl Scout Cookies are sold for a short time every year and are considered a snack or special treat. As with all treats, they should be enjoyed in moderation.

Starting with our youngest members, the Girl Scout organization promotes a healthy lifestyle for girls, which includes a well-balanced diet and plenty of exercise. Our health and fitness programs encourage girls to adopt fitness and healthy eating habits early in life and to continue them into adulthood. Girls are also taught to consider ingredients and portion size when choosing snacks.

The Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) released a research review titled Weighing In: Helping Girls Be Healthy Today, Healthy Tomorrow that addresses various underlying causes that have led to the epidemic of obesity and of being overweight among children and adolescents, and the lifestyles, culture, and behaviors that have contributed to this condition. Read more about this research review. 

Why don't you offer cookies that are whole wheat, wheat-free, sugar-free, casein-free, organic, low-carb, low-calorie, low-fat, non-fat, fat-free, and the like?

Girl Scouts Cookies are produced only once a year for a limited time, making the production of specialty cookies, such as those described in the question, difficult. In addition, the demand has not been great enough to make it economically feasible. Don’t forget to check the labels—you may just find a variety that fits your dietary restrictions or goals. 

Do you offer vegan cookies?

Yes. For more information, visit the Meet the Cookies section of the Girl Scout website.

Are there gluten-free Girl Scout Cookies?

Responding to an important consumer trend, Girl Scouts will be selling Trios and Toffee-tastic Girl Scout Cookies, both gluten-free, again during the 2017–18 cookie season. Please check with your local council about availability. For more information on Trios, visit ABC Bakers, and for Toffee-tastic, visit Little Brownie Bakers.

Is my Girl Scout Cookie package recyclable?

Girl Scout Cookie packages are intended to be recyclable, but may or may not be accepted by your local recycling service depending on the types of materials they process.

ABC Bakers produces several Girl Scout Cookie varieties in soft-pack packaging only, without a carton. The film overwrap is similar to the protective wrapping found inside the boxes of all cookie varieties, and is recyclable. Film overwrap packaging is currently the "greenest" packaging available for Girl Scout Cookies, eliminating thousands of pounds of paperboard from the waste stream.

 

Girl Scout S’mores® Cookies

Why did Girl Scouts introduce a s’mores-inspired cookie?

In 2017, GSUSA introduced a s’mores-inspired cookie to highlight the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies and Girl Scouts’ strong connection to s’mores and the outdoors. In fact, the tradition of making and enjoying s’mores in the outdoors was popularized by Girl Scouts as early as the 1920s.

Will both bakers carry the same Girl Scout S’mores?

Girl Scout councils contract with one of two licensed bakers—Little Brownie Bakers and ABC Bakers. Each offers a different version of Girl Scout S’mores, therefore only one version will be available through each council, depending on its baker.

How are the two Girl Scout S’mores cookies different?

The ABC Bakers version of Girl Scout S’mores is a crispy graham cookie double dipped in yummy crème icing and finished with a scrumptious chocolatey coating. It strives to provide an “innovative take on this truly classic treat.”

The Little Brownie Bakers version of Girl Scout S’mores is a crunchy graham sandwich cookie with a chocolate and marshmallowy filling. This s’mores-inspired cookie, made with natural flavors and specialty ingredients, was created with emerging consumer trends in mind. Each cookie features an embossed image of one of the five Girls’ Choice Outdoor badges.

Why are there two different kinds of Girl Scout S’mores?

There’s no wrong way to eat s’mores! Some people lightly roast their marshmallows, others burn them to a crisp. Some prefer double chocolate, while others might use Girl Scout Cookies as a substitute for graham crackers. That’s why, we developed two distinct types of Girl Scout S’mores. 

Which councils will be carrying Girl Scout S’mores cookies?

Most councils will be selling Girl Scout S’mores cookies. Contact your local Girl Scout council to find out if it will offer them. 

What are “specialty ingredients?”

“Specialty ingredients” means the product contains no artificial colors or flavors and is free of preservatives—this is indicated on the ingredients label. 

Why is my Girl Scout S’mores cookie priced differently from other Girl Scout Cookie varieties?

Like other similar consumer products, such as our gluten-free cookie varieties, these cookies could be priced higher than other Girl Scout Cookies, reflecting the cost of production and/or specialty ingredients.

Why is my council only offering one of the Girl Scout S’mores cookies?

Girl Scout councils contract with one of two licensed bakers, whose recipes and ingredients may differ. Contact your local Girl Scout council to find out which baker they partner with. 

 

Selling Girl Scout Cookies

Who can sell Girl Scout Cookies?

All girl members may participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program. Although parents and Girl Scout adults may assist, it is the girl who makes the sale, sets learning and sales goals, and learns the entrepreneurial skills that are part of the program.

We caution against purchasing Girl Scout Cookies for sale online at auction and via community list sites, such as eBay and Amazon, because GSUSA, your local Girl Scout council, and our licensed cookie bakers cannot guarantee the freshness or integrity of these cookies. In many instances, these cookies are actually expired. Further, purchasing cookies in this way does not support Girl Scouts participating in the cookie program. 

Does a Girl Scout troop have to sell cookies if it doesn’t want to?

Girl Scout product sales offer girls a great way to finance their Girl Scout activities and special projects. Participation in the Girl Scout Cookie Program is voluntary and requires written permission by a parent or guardian. Annually, about 65 percent of registered Girl Scouts choose to participate in the program. 

Can Girl Scouts who are not in troops participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program?

Yes! To do so, registered Girl Scouts must abide by guidelines published by GSUSA and the local Girl Scout council and be supervised by a council-trained adult. For more information about how Girl Scouts in your area can participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, please contact your local Girl Scout council.

I've moved, and now I have to pre-order my cookies. Why is selling and buying cookies different from one community to the next?

Each Girl Scout council determines its precise method of helping local Girl Scouts sell cookies to customers. Cookies can generally be purchased via the following means, or some combination thereof:

  • Pre-order. Girl Scout councils provide participating girls with an order card and, for some, access to a mobile app, to collect orders from potential customers. Girls turn in their order cards, the council orders the cookies, and then girls go back to the customer to deliver them a few weeks later.
  • Direct sale. Participating Girl Scouts sell cookies directly to customers, bypassing the order-card process.
  • Booth sales. Participating girls sell cookies at booths authorized by councils and set up inside and outside various retail establishments. To find the location of a cookie booth near you or learn when cookies go on sale, simply enter your zip code in the Find Cookies! search box.
  • Online and mobile sales. Many councils participate in the Digital Cookie platform, with additional councils joining every year! To check if your council participates, visit www.girlscouts.org/digitalcookie. Through Digital Cookie, girls can sell to friends and family online and through mobile devices. Many girls enjoy marketing their online cookie businesses by inviting customers, via an emailed link, to visit their personalized cookie websites. Other girls take in-person orders using a mobile app designed specifically for Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouts participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program may only sell cookies according to their council’s policies and procedures, and within the council’s published sales time frame.

How does Girl Scouts ensure the safety of girls who sell cookies?

The safety and security of our members is always our chief concern—and we have strict safety guidelines. Girl Scouts, depending on their age, must be accompanied or supervised by an adult when selling and delivering Girl Scout Cookies or use the buddy system when selling and delivering Girl Scout Cookies door-to-door. Adults must be present at all times during cookie booth sales. Girls participating in online marketing initiatives, including the Digital Cookie platform, must print out Girl Scouts’ Internet Safety Pledge and read and sign it together with their parents/guardians.

Do girls earn Girl Scout badges by participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program?

Girls may earn official Cookie Business badges and Financial Literacy badges at every level of Girl Scouting. Badges are earned based on completing established program activities. Girls may also earn the annual Cookie Activity pin. Separately, girls can earn rewards based on their sales activity, such as recognition items and program credits. Please contact your local Girl Scout council to learn more about the rewards established for girls in your community.

Can Girl Scouts donate cookies to military personnel or local charities?

Girls may participate in a council-approved "Gift of Caring" or “Cookie Share” program that allows girls to collect donations of cookies for military personnel or local charities. Any gifts in quantity to military personnel should be coordinated through the military or related personnel at both the place of origin and the place of receipt. Large shipments should be coordinated by the local Girl Scout council to ensure that the cookies arrive where intended. Gifts should not be sent to U.S. bases or bases overseas where USA Girl Scouts Overseas is involved in product sales. Girl Scouts should observe their council’s jurisdiction when selling or marketing products for a gifting program. 

What happens to the leftover cookies at the end of the cookie sale?

To ensure freshness, Girl Scouts only sell cookies produced for the current season. Therefore, if a council or troop has cookies left at the end of the sale, it is encouraged to work with local food pantries and other charitable organizations to distribute cookies as a special treat for people seeking food relief services. GSUSA works with our licensed bakers to ensure that they too have an annual plan for responsibly managing leftover cookie inventory.

 

Cookie Revenue

How can I be sure that Girl Scout Cookie revenue supports the Girl Scouts in my community?

When you buy cookies from a Girl Scout, you are investing in so much more than a package of treats—you are investing in a girl’s future and the future leadership of our country. Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls learn five essential life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

One hundred percent of the net proceeds from Girl Scout Cookie sales is retained by the originating council and troop to power amazing experiences for girls and impactful girl-led community projects. Each council determines its own revenue structure depending on its cookie cost, local retail price, and the amount that is shared with participating troops. On average, Girl Scout council net revenue is approximately 65–75 percent of the local retail price; the amount shared with participating Girl Scout troops, referred to as troop proceeds, is approximately 10–20 percent of the local retail price.

Cookie program revenue is a critical source of funding for local Girl Scout councils and is often what makes it possible to reach girls in hard-to-serve areas and maintain camps and properties.

Additionally, Girl Scout troops can pool their proceeds to pay for program supplies, activities, and group travel. Girl Scouts may not earn proceeds as individuals. However, 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. All troop proceeds and other rewards earned through participation in the Girl Scout Cookie Program must be used to enhance each girl’s Girl Scout experience.

Does any of the money from cookie sales go to Girl Scouts of the USA (the national Girl Scout organization)?

GSUSA is paid a royalty by its licensed bakers for use of Girl Scout trademarks based on gross annual sales. Girl Scout councils do not provide any portion of their cookie revenue to GSUSA and no other revenue from cookie sales goes to GSUSA.

GSUSA approves all program, marketing, and sales materials developed by the bakers. GSUSA also provides councils with coordination and training for national media activities, safety standards for girls and volunteers, a world-renowned girl leadership program, and support during cookie season.

Is my purchase of Girl Scout Cookies tax-deductible?

If you buy Girl Scout Cookies and take the cookies home (to consume them), you've purchased a product at a fair market value. For this reason, no part of the price of a package of Girl Scout Cookies used in this way is tax-deductible.

Many Girl Scouts ask customers to pay for one or more packages of cookies for use in Take Action or service projects or as part of a council-approved Gift of Caring or Cookie Share program. If you would like an acknowledgement of your donation, please contact your Girl Scout’s council. 

Does any part of Girl Scout Cookie Program revenue support organizations other than the local Girl Scout council?

One hundred percent of the net proceeds from Girl Scout Cookie sales is retained by the originating council and troop to power amazing experiences for girls and impactful girl-led community projects. Girl Scout troops set goals for how to spend their proceeds on program-related activities, such as paying their own way to a community event or museum, or funding other program outings. Girl Scout troops may also choose to use proceeds to purchase materials for a Take Action or service project to benefit the community.

Girl Scout Cookies can be found in some popular ice cream treats. Can any business use Girl Scout Cookies in its products?

A restaurant or small business may use Girl Scout Cookies in its desserts, provided it buys the Girl Scout Cookies from a Girl Scout, but it cannot use the Girl Scout name or trademarks to brand and market the products. Prohibited uses are “Thin Mint Shake,” “Girl Scouts Cupcake,” “Thin Mint Cake,” and similar constructions. GSUSA has contractual relationships with select companies to include Girl Scout Cookies in their products and to use the Girl Scout name and trademarks in conjunction with those products. These rights are granted under national licensing agreements, and GSUSA is the only entity that may enter into such an agreement. For more on rules and regulations pertaining to the Girl Scout brand, or to inquire about becoming a licensee, please contact us via email.