Frequently Asked Questions
Girl Scout Cookies that are purchased for personal or group enjoyment are NOT tax deductible because you receive a product at a fair market value. However, Girl Scout Cookies purchased and left with a troop for donation to a community service project such as Project Troop to Troop may qualify as a charitable donation. Please consult your tax accountant for advice.
Participation in the Cookie Program is voluntary and written permission from a parent or guardian is required. Many Girl Scouts enjoy participating in the Cookie Program and look forward to taking part each year.
The safety and security of our members is always our chief concern and we follow strict safety guidelines. The Girl Scout Cookie Program is designed to be a face-to-face learning experience for girls. However, an adult must supervise Girl Scouts when participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program and always use the buddy system. We also prohibit selling Girl Scout Cookies online. This prevents girls from coming in contact with persons who may have harmful intent, while ensuring our customers that the seller is indeed a girl member of Girl Scouts.
Our cookies are baked by Little Brownie Bakers, Louisville, Kentucky. Other areas may receive their cookies from another licensed baker, ABC Bakers of Richmond, Virginia.
So that consumers can make an informed choice, the ingredients and nutritional profile of each variety are clearly listed on the cookie box, the cookie order form, and our baker’s website: www.littlebrowniebakers.com.
The earliest written mention of the Cookie Program was that of the Mistletoe Girl Scout Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, which baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a Girl Scout service project in December 1917. The first Girl Scout Cookie Program of commercially baked Girl Scout cookies was in Philadelphia in 1934. In 1936, Girl Scouts of the USA licensed the first commercial baker.
Across the country, we know that "Thin Mints" are the most popular, and they account for 26 percent of all Girl Scout Cookies sold.
Northeast Texas – and what are the funds used for?
Every penny of revenue from the Cookie Program, after paying the baker, benefits all of our girl members directly or indirectly through a variety of Girl Scout programs. Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas assumes all of the administrative costs and the volunteer leadership sets guidelines and decides how the funds are allocated to the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas and participating troops. Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas’ portion of proceeds are used for many purposes, including maintaining campsites and providing travel financial assistance for girls; providing leadership development for adult volunteers; and providing support for special membership initiatives such as Girl Scout Troops in homeless shelters, detention centers, and migrant communities. At the troop level, girls vote on how to spend the money they’ve earned for activities such as trips to museums or exhibitions, overnight stays at camp, and community service projects.
There are many ways to support the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. Click Donor Programs for information on our alternative giving programs.