Girl Scouts to kick off next century of female entrepreneurs with cookie season

Staff Reports • Nov 10, 2017 at 10:21 PM

NASHVILLE – Girl Scouts in Middle Tennessee are setting goals and developing business plans for Girl Scout cookie season, which begins Dec. 26.

The 2018 Girl Scout cookie season will kick off the next century of Girl Scouts selling cookies. After last year’s 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout cookie program, troops in Middle Tennessee will bring back the popular Girl Scout S’mores cookie.

The Girl Scout cookie program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world. Girls as young as 5 years old begin learning and practicing essential life skills of goal setting, money management, people skills and business ethics. One hundred percent of the net proceeds goes back to councils and troops to fund activities and Take Action projects. These projects are led by girls and provide sustainable, long-term impacts on their communities.

In Middle Tennessee, Girl Scouts have used cookie program revenue to do amazing things, from raising funds and plugging back into other local nonprofits, community projects such as assembling and handing out bags of essentials for the homeless and income restricted, summer camp outdoor adventure experiences, to traveling overseas for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to visit our Girl Scout locations.

“When a person buys a box of cookies, they are empowering a girl in Middle Tennessee to do incredible things,” said Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee president and CEO Agenia Clark. “Cookie earnings stay completely local and help girls become the leaders of tomorrow.”

Cookie program revenues also make it possible for Middle Tennessee to maintain camps and properties, and reach girls in hard-to-serve areas.

Girl Scout S’mores, as well as the traditional favorites, will be available through pre-order taking starting Dec. 26 and will be purchasable from booth sales beginning Feb. 4. Prices will remain $3.50 for traditional favorites and $5 for S’mores. Local cookie sales benefit Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee programs and troops. For more information on this year’s Girl Scout cookie program, visit gsmidtn.org/cookies.

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