Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey announced today the movement-wide celebration of the 100th season of Girl Scouts selling cookies. A century ago, girls started participating in what would evolve into the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world: the Girl Scout Cookie Program, through which girls learn the essential skills they need to become effective leaders, manage finances, and gain self-sufficiency, and confidence in handling money. To commemorate this banner year for the organization, the highly-anticipated Girl Scout S’mores cookies are now available, joining classics such as Thin Mints and Trefoils.
The GSNNJ Cookie Sale season began Sat., Jan. 14, and initial order taking will continue through Sun., Feb. 5. Local booth sales will be held March 18 through April 23. A variety of cookies are being sold at $4 per box, including Thin Mints, DoSiDos, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Samoas, and Savannah Smiles. Gluten-free Toffee-tastic cookies and the Girl Scout S’mores will sell for $5 per box, due to higher production costs.
100 Yummy Years of Girl Scouts Selling Cookies: The sale of cookies by Girl Scouts had humble beginnings, born as a way for troops to finance activities. The first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts occurred in 1917, when the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma, baked cookies and sold them in its high school cafeteria as a service project.