Girl Scouts Celebrates 100th Anniversary of the First Known Sale of Cookie

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) 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 like Thin Mints and Shortbreads.

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.

“We are excited to celebrate this important milestone with our Girl Scouts!” said Lane Cook, CEO of GSCP2P. “Each box of Girl Scout cookies helps girls fulfill their dreams, follow their passions, take the lead in their lives and communities and change the world. Today, nearly 1 million Girl Scouts participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program. All of the net revenue raised through the Girl Scout Cookie Program—100 percent of it—stays with the local council and troops.

Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Caramel deLites, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Thanks-A-Lots, Lemonades, and Shortbreads return for the 2017 season. The new S’mores is a crispy graham cookie double-dipped in a crème icing and enrobed in a chocolatey coating. It is vegan and free of artificial colors, preservatives, and partially hydrogenated oils. The last new Girl Scout Cookie—gluten free Trios—was introduced in 2015. Except for the Trios, which will retail for $5 per package, all other cookies will remain $4 per package.

For those who don’t have a Girl Scout connection, consumers can e-mail their name, phone number and address to Consumers can also visit to find local cookies or download the cookie mobile app. Further questions can be directed to a local GSCP2P location, including the Asheville Service Center, 828-252-4442; Gastonia Service Center, 704-864-3245; Hickory Service Center, 828-328-2444; and Triad Service Center, 336-274-8491.

About Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont:

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont, a United Way agency, is one of 112 councils nationwide chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA to deliver Girl Scout programs within specific geographic boundaries. The local council serves nearly 14,000 girls and 6,400 adult volunteers in 40 counties, and maintains three camp properties and four service centers offering unique experiences for girls and adults. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect or donate to GSCP2P, call 800-672-2148 or visit

About Girl Scouts of the USA:

We’re 2.8 million strong—2 million girls and 800,000 adults who believe girls can change the world. It began over 100 years ago with one woman, Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low, who believed in the power of every girl. She organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, and every year since, we’ve made her vision a reality, helping girls discover their strengths, passions, and talents. Today we continue the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. We’re the pre-eminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs for girls from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to do something amazing. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit