Girl Scout Cookies: The Largest Girl-Led Entrepreneurial Program in the World
(PHOENIX – July 11, 2023) – Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC) is celebrating the conclusion of a successful Girl Scout Cookie Season. Although Girl Scouts are known for selling cookies, this activity is truly a financial literacy model for girls to learn about entrepreneurship and develop as leaders in their community.
The funds raised through the cookie program will allow local girls to take part in a variety of programs, community outreach projects and enrichment over the next year. This year, 7,580 Girl Scouts in central and northern Arizona sold 2,686,833 boxes of cookies. On average, each Girl Scout sold 409 boxes of cookies.
“We are so proud of the thousands of Girl Scouts from Arizona Cactus-Pine who participated in the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world. Our girls were confident and innovative in how they told their personal stories around cookie goals and engaged with customers. We celebrate their entrepreneurial spirit and are deeply grateful for the generous support from the community. Our cookie season was also a success due to the support of our incredible volunteers and parents,” said Christina Spicer, co-CEO of GSACPC.
Funds raised from this year’s Girl Scout Cookie sales will be used for the following:
Support girls’ attendance at Girl Scout Summer Camp, while also maintaining the four camp facilities and outdoor programming year-round, including the new boulder wall, zipline and climbing tower at The Bob & Renee Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women at Camp South Mountain.
Provide financial assistance to cover membership, uniforms, and camperships for any family needing extra support.
Support troop activities and community service projects for girls.
Provide STEM, outdoor, life-skills, and entrepreneurial programs for Girl Scouts to participate in throughout central and northern Arizona, including providing access to programs for girls residing in the Navajo Nation and Hopi Lands.
“The Girl Scout Cookie Program not only helps Girl Scouts earn money for these fun, educational activities and community projects, but also plays an important role in helping girls learn essential life skills like decision making, money management, people skills, business ethics and goal setting. All proceeds from the cookie program support Girl Scouts in central and northern Arizona, including all of the Navajo Nation and Hopi Lands,” said Mary Mitchell, co-CEO of GSACPC.
The overwhelming success of this year’s cookie program was possible only with the support of the community. All funds raised stay in Arizona, ensuring girls will have the resources they need to develop into tomorrow’s leaders.
About Girl Scouts—Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC)
In partnership with 6,000 adult volunteers, GSACPC serves over 11,000 girls grades K-12 in more than 90 communities across central and northern Arizona. Since 1936, GSACPC has helped girls develop leadership skills and tools for success in a rapidly changing environment. We know that given the opportunity, every girl can become a leader, act confidently on her values, and connect with her community. For more information, visit www.girlscoutsaz.org, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram.