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Q. What is the top selling Girl Scout Cookie?
The Thin Mint, which accounts for 25% of the total sale.
Q. Why didn't a Girl Scout come to my door?
There could be any number of reasons−the world is a big place and even the 2.5 million Girl Scouts in America can't knock on every door!
Many girls and parents choose not to sell door-to-door. Some neighborhoods don't have any resident Girl Scouts. Multi-dweller buildings are often difficult for girls to get into for door-to-door sales.
Additionally, it's possible that a Girl Scout knocked on your door while you were not at home.
Because so many people who love Girl Scout cookies don't get an opportunity to buy during the door-to-door portion of the sale, we've set up several other ways for you to get your cookies.
Q. Why are your cookie varieties/names of cookies and prices different from the ones my neighbor is selling?
There are two companies licensed to bake Girl Scout Cookies. While certain varieties of cookies are common to both bakers, other varieties are made by only one. Also, while the bakers make certain varieties they do not necessarily call them by the same names. So, you may know Samoas by the name the other baker calls them, Caramel deLites.
Each of the more than 100 Girl Scout councils in the United States contracts independently with a baker. Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains works with Little Brownie Bakers. Each council also sets its own price per box.
Q. Does any of the money from cookie sales go to Girl Scouts of the USA (the national Girl Scout organization)?
Girl Scouts of the USA is paid a royalty by its licensed bakers for use of Girl Scout trademarks based on gross annual sales. Girl Scout councils do not provide any portion of their cookie revenue to Girl Scouts of the USA, and no other revenue from cookie sales goes to Girl Scouts of the USA.
Girl Scouts of the USA provides contractual services and approves all program, marketing, and sales materials developed by the bakers. GSUSA also provides coordination and training for national media activities, safety standards for girls and volunteers, our world-renowned girl-leadership program, and full support during cookie season.
Q. How do the proceeds of the cookie sale help girls?
The Girl Scout Cookie Program has a dual purpose: to provide an educational experience for girls and to raise funds to provide Girl Scout activities. Selling cookies gives girls an opportunity to develop business skills, take on new and greater responsibilities, and learn how to work more effectively as members of a team. They learn basic money management and explore sales and marketing techniques.
A portion of the proceeds go directly to the troop of the girl selling cookies. Troops plan activities and set their sales goals accordingly. With money earned from the cookie sale, troops go camping, travel, purchase supplies for service projects and crafts, and many other things. At the council-level, proceeds help subsidize Girl Scout activities, maintain camp properties, liability insurance, training and support for volunteers, financial aid and camperships for girls of limited means, and many other programs.
Q. Why don't you offer cookies that are whole-wheat, wheat-free, non-dairy, dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, casein-free, organic, low-carbohydrate, low-calorie, lowfat, non-fat, fat-free, etc.?
Girl Scout Cookies are produced only once a year and for a limited time, so our bakers never achieve the volume required to support the specific production of specialty cookies. The demand has not been great enough to make it economically feasible; however, our bakers continue to experiment and have a commitment to ensuring there is always a "healthful" cookie in their line-up.
Each of our bakers strives to use the most healthful ingredients available in the production of one of America's most treasured sweet treats. Check the labels of all the products you eat, including Girl Scout Cookies. You may just find a variety that fits within your dietary restrictions or goals.
If you are still not able to find a cookie that will meet your dietary preferences, you might consider our Gift of Caring cookie option, where your purchase will be donated to either a charity of a troop's choice, or our military Operation Cookie campaign. Thousands of packages each year are sent to treat, welcome home, and support our military.