Girl Scout Cookies officially arrive in Tucson on Saturday, January 19, 2019, kicking off the largest annual financial investment in girls in the United States and a powerful entrepreneurship incubator for the next generation of female leaders.
Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls not only discover their inner leadership potential but also use their earnings to power amazing experiences for themselves and their troop, including travel, outdoor adventure, and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming. Many girls put the money toward impactful community projects right here in Southern Arizona, from supporting animal shelters and food banks to working with local and state legislators to change laws.
The Cookie Program’s benefits are many: a recent Girl Scout Research Institute study found that two out of three girls who participate learn five crucial skills—goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. 100% of the proceeds stay local, meaning that when consumers purchase delicious cookies from a Girl Scout, they’re giving back to their wider community.
And at a time when girls’ needs and issues collect fewer than eight cents of every philanthropic dollar, each and every Girl Scout Cookie purchase is key to supporting the change-makers of today and tomorrow. Given that over half 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 Southern Arizona’s future workforce and economy.
At Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona, we're celebrating a tasty way to support young female entrepreneurs with the return of the Toffee-tastic® cookie to the 2019 lineup. Toffee-tastic, which joins classics like the Thin Mints®, Samoas®, and Trefoils® varieties, is a gluten-free option introduced in 2015 that features a rich, buttery cookie with sweet, crunchy, golden toffee bits. The cookie variety is offered in select Girl Scout council markets only. Like other similar consumer products, it is priced slightly higher than other Girl Scout Cookies ($6 rather than $5 per box), reflecting the cost of gluten-free production.
Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona’s Cookie Sale begins on Saturday, January 19 and runs through Sunday, March 3. To find Girl Scouts selling cookies near you, visit the Cookie Finder page on our site, or use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app, free on iOS and Android devices.