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Girl Scouts Celebrates 100th Anniversary of the largest girl-led business in the world!


built by girls

Macedonia, Ohio –Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) is commemorating an exciting year for the organization - the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies, with pre-sales beginning in January.

In 1917, five years after Juliette Gordon Low founded the organization, Girl Scouts first sold cookies as a means to finance troop activities. This initial sale evolved into the largest entrepreneurial program in the world, teaching millions of girls essential skills needed to become effective leaders. These leadership skills include goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics.

“The Girl Scout Cookie Program is essentially a business built by girls,” said GSNEO’s CEO Jane Christyson.  “Girls who participate set goals and decide how their profits will be used to support their activities, which often include giving back through service projects.  Because it’s girl-led, they’re learning to be effective leaders, manage finances, and gain self-sufficiency and confidence in handling money.”

The 2017 cookie season marks the 100th year of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts. In recognition of the centennial, this year’s cookie sale will feature a new cookie – the Girl Scout S’mores cookie. The commemorative treat, as well as the traditional favorites, will be available through pre-orders starting January 2, 2017 with booth sales beginning in March. Proceeds from the cookie sale benefit Girl Scouts of North East Ohio programs and local troops.