The iconic girl-led entrepreneurship program develops the next generation of female business leaders.
IRVINE, Calif. -- Sunday, January 27 will mark the start of the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie season in Orange County, celebrating the largest financial investment in girls annually in the United States and a powerful entrepreneurship incubator for the next generation of female leaders. At a time when girls’ needs and issues collect fewer than eight cents of every dollar granted by philanthropic foundations in the country, each and every Girl Scout Cookie purchase is key to supporting the change-makers of today and tomorrow.
Research shows that female-founded start-ups generate more revenue over time and per dollar than male-founded start-ups, but only 17 percent of start-ups are female-founded. Given that over half (53 percent) of female entrepreneurs and business owners are Girl Scout alums, supporting Girl Scouts as they make sales and learn essential business skills is imperative to ensuring our country has a strong workforce and economy.
Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program®, girls not only discover their inner leadership potential, they also use their earnings to power amazing experiences for themselves and their troop, including travel, outdoor adventure, and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming. Many Girl Scouts put the money toward impactful community projects right in their own backyards, from supporting animal shelters and food banks to working with local and state legislators to change laws.
Last year, for example, 11-year-old Girl Scout Cadette Kaekoa Corona and her Troop 3713 from Santa Ana used their cookie proceeds to refurbish a community garden and send cookies to local foster children. In 2019, Girl Scout Ambassador Troop 166 from Orange is saving cookie proceeds to fund an amazing Girl Scout adventure to Europe. And, 14-year-old Girl Scout Senior Saachi Pavani from Irvine is selling cookies to support her Girl Scout Gold Award project to raise awareness about the poor health of women in developing countries.
The cookie program’s benefits are many. A recent Girl Scout Research Institute study found that two out of three girls who participate in the program learn five crucial skills—goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—while doing incredible things for themselves and their communities.
“We are looking forward to another exciting year of building up the next generation of female entrepreneurs and business leaders through the Girl Scout Cookie program,” said Girl Scouts of Orange County CEO Vikki Shepp. “Your support of your neighborhood Girl Scout during cookie season is so much more than a package of cookies. Every purchase of Girl Scout Cookies stays local and is an investment in OC girls, who will change the world. You are helping girls earn funds they can use to give back, both locally and beyond. You are supporting new and exciting adventures as girls explore the outdoors and travel. And, you are helping girls build essential business and life skills that will greatly benefit them in school, college, and their careers. Put simply, the Girl Scout Cookie Program helps girls realize their dreams.”
Here in Orange County, Girl Scouts is also celebrating a tasty new way to support young female entrepreneurs with a brand new cookie added to the 2019 lineup: Caramel Chocolate Chip, which features rich caramel, semisweet chocolate chips, and a hint of sea salt in a chewy gluten-free cookie. The new cookie is offered in select Girl Scout council markets, including Orange County, for as long as supplies last. Additional cookies available in Orange County include Thin Mints®, Girl Scout S’mores™, Caramel DeLites®, Peanut Butter Patties, Shortbread, Lemonades®, Peanut Butter Sandwich, and Thanks-a-Lots®. Customers who prefer not to buy cookies for themselves can purchase tax-deductible Cookie Share, which donates cookies to our nation’s military and local food banks. Each year in Orange County, more than 50,000 boxes of cookies are donated to food banks, military troops, and other charitable organizations.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program will run in Orange County from Sunday, January 27 to Sunday, March 10 with Girl Scouts selling cookies online and door to door in their neighborhoods. Cookie Booth sales in front of grocery stores and retail locations will begin Friday, February 15.
All varieties of Girl Scout cookies sold in Orange County are $5 a package. Each and every purchase of Girl Scout Cookies-- 100 percent of the net revenue-- stays local and is an investment in girls and their leadership capabilities, both now and in the future.
We are Girl Scouts of Orange County. We are 33,000 strong—nearly 20,000 girls and 13,000 adults who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. With programs in every zip code in Orange County, Girl Scouts offers every girl opportunities to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit girlscoutsoc.org.