Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council is participating in National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend February 28 through March 1, celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit, excitement, and fun that selling Girl Scout Cookies® has powered for more than 100 years. This special weekend lets Girl Scouts show off their cookie-selling skills by participating in booth and door-to-door sales as well as through the Digital Cookie® platform, an innovative and educational web-based addition to the cookie program that helps girls run their cookie businesses online.
Thanks to the new Lemon-Ups™ cookie joining the cookie line-up this year, there’s never been a better time to invest in girls by purchasing Girl Scout Cookies®.
Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, the largest annual investment in girls in the United States, local girls empower themselves as they earn their own money to put toward a range of experiences, some of which are illustrated on this year’s refreshed cookie packaging—from adventure-packed camping and canoeing, to exploring space science and designing robots, to taking meaningful action to improve girls’ communities.
“National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is undeniably an exciting time for our troops, volunteers and staff,” said Angela Woods, CEO of Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council. “In addition to learning business basics like sales and marketing, all of the proceeds fund troop projects and experiences, as well as important programming, at the local level.”
At a time of year when many Girl Scouts are selling Girl Scout Cookies®, National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, which is an annual event, encourages costumers to support female leaders and change-makers of today and tomorrow.
While just 17 percent of startups are founded by women the cookie program equips girls with the skills and attributes they need, such as persistence, confidence, and healthy risk-taking, to become business founders and leaders. Many Girl Scouts invest their earnings back into their communities, which means that customers are not just purchasing delicious cookies—they’re also supporting the betterment of their communities and a bright future for girls.
Since 2012, Girl Scouts in the Hornets’ Nest Council have donated more than 600,000 packages of cookies to local charities and nonprofits as well as military personnel, police, fire and first responders through the Cookies for a Cause program. Award earners from the Girl Scout Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards completed over 395 action projects to help solve future community problems.
This cookie season Girl Scouts has introduced a sweet new way to support young female entrepreneurs who learn essential business skills like money management and goal setting through the cookie program: meet Lemon-Ups, a crispy lemon cookie baked with messages inspired by Girl Scout entrepreneurs. “I am a go-getter” and “I am an innovator” are among the eight phrases that bring the experience of Girl Scouting to life.
Girl Scout Cookies can only be purchased from a registered Girl Scout. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to Girl Scouts, visit www.hngirlscouts.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter @GSHNC and Pinterest.