2019 Girl Scout Cookie Season Kicks Off, 5th Year for Gluten-Free Toffee Tastic!

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Patches cover the back of a Girl Scout’s vest at a demonstration of some of their activities in Seattle on June 18, 2018. The Girl Scouts say they now have about 1.76 million girls and 780,000 adult members _ down from about 2.9 million girls and 900,000 adult volunteers in 2003. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Girl Scouts of Louisiana – Pines to the Gulf is launching the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie season, 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.

From Daisies, and Brownies “taking action” by making toys for the local Hope for Paws, to Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors collecting socks and blankets ahead of the holidays to donate to local homeless shelters, Girl Scouts are doing remarkable things made possible by each and every cookie sale. However, girls’ cookie proceeds alone aren’t enough to power the Girl Scout Movement—investing in girls is important year-round, not just during cookie season.

“Our program is always evolving to meet modern girls in today’s world,” said GSLPG CEO Rachel Broussard. “The exciting, modern offerings we provide meet the needs and interests of  girls where they live and help them become the builders of tomorrow’s world. No other organization is brining together time-tested, research-backed methods with programming that speaks to today’s girls and is designed to cater to the strengths of girls’ leadership development.”

Additionally, Girl Scouts who participate in the cookie program this season will have the opportunity to win the Cookie Entrepreneur Experience of a lifetime featuring the DC Super Hero Girls™ by entering the Cookie Pro contest. GSUSA has teamed up with DC Super Hero Girls to inspire Girl Scouts to be smart and courageous as everyday super heroes. The contest will highlight and reward exceptional cookie bosses who take the lead, set high goals for themselves, bring positive change to their communities, and learn valuable entrepreneurial skills. To learn more about the contest and to enter, visit www.girlscouts.org/cookiepro

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