When you buy delicious Girl Scout Cookies, you’re helping
power new, unique, and amazing experiences for girls that broaden
their worlds, teach them essential life skills, and prepare them to
practice a lifetime of leadership.
One hundred percent of the net proceeds from Girl Scout
Cookie sales is retained by the originating council and troop to
fund activities for girls year-round as well as influential girl-led
community projects. Each council determines its own revenue structure
depending on how much it costs the council to buy cookies, the local
retail price to sell cookies, and the amount of revenue shared with
participating troops. On average, Girl Scout council net revenue is
approximately 65–75 percent of the local retail price of cookies; 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 Girl
Scout councils to deliver essential programs to troops and is often
what makes it possible to reach girls in underserved areas and
maintain camps and properties.
Additionally, Girl Scout troops can pool their proceeds to pay for
necessary 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 all girls’ Girl Scout experience.