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The New Girl Scout Cookie boxes also feature different facts and statistics on each box. These are valuable for members of the community who are not as familiar with how the Girl Scout Cookie Program works or how
the proceeds are most
often used.

 

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Girl Scout Cookie Program FAQ

The mission of Girl Scouting is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. The Girl Scout program is designed to help each girl achieve her full potential. The program runs from early January through early March.

 

Girl Scouts provides supervised peer groups where girls can meet and make new friends while participating in activities designed to develop self-confidence, foster self-esteem and achieve the skills necessary to make wise life choices and to make the world a better place. Through the Cookie Program, Girl Scouts and their troops develop five life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

The annual Cookie Program supports the work of providing Girl Scouting to girls on the Delmarva Peninsula. The Cookie Program helps fund GSCB's operating budget, providing important services such as camp maintenance and programs, girl events and recognitions, program scholarships and group program support, and is lso the main source of revenue for the troops. The program funds services to girls and adult volunteers throughout the year and ensures that Girl Scouting will be available in the future.

 

How can I purchase Girl Scout Cookies?
When I buy Girl Scout Cookies, where does the money go?
Why do councils receive some of the proceeds?
How does the cookie revenue benefit girls?
What portion of the cookie revenue is shared with the troop selling cookies?
Is the purchase of Girl Scout Cookies tax-deductible?
Does any part of the cookie revenue go to support organizations other than Girl Scouts?
What do girls learn from selling cookies?
How does the Girl Scout Cookie Program benefit the community?
Who selects the cookie varieties?
What are the sizes, quantities and prices of Girl Scout Cookies?
Are all Girl Scout Cookies Kosher?
What if I'm not satisfied with my cookies?


Q: How can I purchase Girl Scout Cookies?
A: From mid-February, Girl Scouts set up cookie booths throughout the community. From February until March you can check local stores and businesses on weekends or visit our Cookie Booth Locator on our home page, to find a Girl Scout troop who can inform you about our six premium varieties and help you stock up on your favorite. Remember, Girl Scout Cookies are only available a few weeks each year, and Girl Scout Cookies freeze well! If you can't find Girl Scouts at your local stores, call 1-800-YUM-YUM2 (800-986-9862). Leave a message with your name, phone number and location including zip code and we will attempt to find a Girl Scout troop in your area that can provide you with the cookies you want.

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Q: When I buy Girl Scout Cookies, where does the money go?
A: With every purchase, approximately 75 percent of the proceeds stays locally in the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay to provide a portion of the resources needed to support Girl Scouting in that area, including a portion that goes directly to the troop selling the cookies. The balance goes directly to the baker to pay for the cookies.

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Q: Why do councils receive some of the proceeds?
A: Councils use proceeds to provide essential services to our members. Program resources, travel opportunities, volunteer training, camp experiences at four owned and operated properties, insurance, communication, and staff support are all provided to a troop through the council structure. Financial aid is also underwritten through council funds. Proceeds make it possible to keep fees at a minimum while ensuring a high quality, safe experience for all. All of the money girls earn remains in GSCB and the community where the cookies are sold.

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Q: How does the cookie revenue benefit girls?
A:
All of the revenue — every penny after paying the baker — earned from the Girl Scout Cookie Program stays within the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, including a portion that goes directly to the troop selling cookies. We use the cookie revenue to supply essential services to troops and individual girls, such as providing program resources and communication support, educating and recognizing adult volunteers, and conducting special events.

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Q: What portion of the cookie revenue is shared with the troop selling cookies?
A: An individual troop receives from 15-21 percent of the purchase price of each box sold. The troop holds the money earned in it's treasury, and its girl members vote on how to use that money.

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Q: Is the purchase of Girl Scout Cookies tax-deductible?
A:
No and Yes.

• No, if the customer keeps the cookies. Individuals who buy Girl Scout Cookies and take the cookies home, or consume them, have purchased a product at a fair market value. For this reason, no part of the price of a box of Girl Scout Cookies used in this way is tax-deductible.

• Yes, if the customer leaves the cookies with Girl Scouts or purchases them for Operation Taste of Home. Many Girl Scouts ask customers to pay for one or more boxes of Cookies for use in their community service project, for example, collecting for a food pantry. The customers not receiving any Girl Scout Cookies do not benefit directly from paying for them. Those individuals may treat the purchase price of the donated cookies as a charitable contribution. Individuals with specific questions should seek advice from a tax accountant.

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Q: Does any part of the cookie revenue go to support organizations other than Girl Scouts?
A:
No. Absolutely none of the money from any Girl Scout council-sponsored Cookie Program is given to any other group.

All of the revenue — every penny after paying the baker for the cookies — from all Girl Scout Cookie Program activities supports the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, including the portion that goes directly to the troop selling cookies. The purpose of selling cookies is to help girls develop a wide range of skills; goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics..

All of the proceeds from the sale of Girl Scout Cookies goes to support girls in Girl Scouting. No money is given to any organization other than Girl Scouts.

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Q: What do girls learn from the Girl Scout Cookie Program?
A:
For many girls, the Girl Scout Cookie Program is their first experience in setting goals and working with others as a team. Girls learn to meet and greet people, keep accurate financial records and follow through on a commitment. Girls have fun while building self-confidence and learning important life skills.

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Q: How does the Girl Scout Cookie Program benefit the community?
A:
The community receives an enormous benefit they may not even be aware of. By supporting its local girls’ dreams, it’s investing in its own future. These girls build self-confidence and skills that will help them achieve something special in the real world, they will become thriving, resourceful citizens. And, because they learn through Girl Scouts to make the world a better place, these successful women will give back to their community what their community once gave to them.

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Q: Who selects the cookie varieties?
A:
Licensed bakers can offer up to eight varieties of Girl Scout Cookies; only three types are mandatory: Thin Mints,
Do-si-dos™ and Trefoils. The national Girl Scout organization reviews and approves all varieties proposed by the bakers. Any of the five optional cookies can be changed every year. Suggestions for new cookies are welcome,
but the national Girl Scout organization can make no promise to use them.

 

Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay will again be offering the "Super Six", the top six premium cookie varieties;
Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos, Trefoils and Savannah Smiles.

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Q: What are the sizes, quantities and prices of Girl Scout Cookies?
A:
Girl Scout Cookies are sold by weight, not by size or number. The number and size of cookies may vary by variety. The national Girl Scout organization, Girl Scouts of the USA, monitors the weights of the cookies, which are set by contract.

Girl Scout Cookies sell for different prices in different areas of the country. Each of the more than 100 local Girl Scout councils has the right to set its own price based on its needs and knowledge of the local market. Today's prices, currently $3 to $4 per box, depending on location, reflect both the current cost of cookies and the realities of providing Girl Scout activities in an ever-changing economic environment. The Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay price for 2013 is $4 per box.

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Q: Are all Girl Scout Cookies kosher?
A:
Yes. All Girl Scout Cookies are kosher. Click here for more info.

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Q: What if I'm not satisfied with my cookies?
A:
Contact the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, if for any reason you are not satisfied with a box of Girl Scout Cookies you purchased. Volunteers or staff at GSCB will be glad to help you.

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