New year, new chances to buy Girl Scout cookies! Okay, so maybe that’s not a thing, but it should be because the Girl Scout Cookie Program is upon us. Online orders kicked off last month with in-person cookie orders starting next week.
With so many dates, we thought we’d provide an overview of what you need to know:
January 11 to February 8: The initial cookie order period starts. This is where girls will have the order forms and go to door to door and to friends and family.
February 27 to 29: Cookies are here! This weekend, all ordered cookies are delivered around council. If you order directly from a girl, you can expect to receive your cookies around this time.
March 1 to 29: Cookie booths! This is when you’ll see our Girl Scouts out and about with cookies available to purchase. If you want to find a booth near you, check out the Girl Scout Cookie Finder.
If you have any questions about Girl Scout Cookies, contact our Customer Care department at 1-888-837-6410 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Cookie Sellers: if you’d like a more detailed timeline, including information about the lottery, Smart Cookies, order submission deadlines, and more, visit gswny.org.
The Rochester-based Mix 100.5 holds a pretty sweet contest for our Girl Scout troops in the area every cookie season. The radio station purchases 1,000 boxes of cookies from the troop that wins their Cookie Crumble Contest!
Eight troops are nominated and then selected to enter the contest. Throughout the month of March, people are invited to vote for their favorite troop (labeled as our delicious cookies) and help them advance to the final round.
At the end, the troop who’s received the most votes throughout each round wins and as a result, they sell an additional 1,000 boxes of cookies.
Thank you to Mix 100.5 for holding this annual contest and good luck to all our Girl Scouts who are contenders!
Today kicks off the long awaited Girl Scout Cookie Season! Girl Scouts of Western New Work will be selling cookies through the forms until the end of February. At the beginning of March you’ll start to see booths all around Western New York.
More than just an amazing and local fundraiser, our Cookie Program is the largest girl-run business in the world. Our girls are more than sellers – they’re entrepreneurs.
You support is more than just financial; you’re helping Girl Scouts learn 5 Skills:
Skill #1—Goal Setting “I know I can do it!”
Skill #2—Decision Making “I make smarter decisions.”
Skill #3—Money Management “I make change happen!”
Skill #4—People Skills “I get a lifetime supply of confidence in every box.”
Skill #5—Business Ethics “Selling cookies is more than just business.”
Girl Scout Cookie Season in Western New York isn’t complete without our visits to see mayors throughout our council counties. This year, we had the privilege of visiting seven area mayors, having our troops ask them questions, and enjoying our delicious cookies with them!
In fact, the mayors are just as enthusiastic as we are each season.
“Each year, I look forward to the Girl Scouts of Western New York visiting Buffalo City Hall with their Girl Scout Cookies,” said Mayor Byron Brown of Buffalo. “I’m a strong supporter of this program because it is dedicated to supporting our shared goal of helping young people build confidence, foster community support, while teaching our youth the importance of entrepreneurship and the skills needed to be successful.”
Through our 5-Question Challenge, the girls can ask the mayors about a variety of things. In Lockport, the girls asked about what specific advice she’d give them about finding their future career paths.
“Read as much as you can. It doesn’t matter what aspect of work you get into,” said Mayor Anne McCaffrey of Lockport. “It’s important to understand the world around you. And establish a good work ethic. The more you put into a certain task, you’ll get the payback from that.”
Eleventh-grade Ambassador Girl Scout Erin Fisher found meeting the mayor so inspiring she’s now considering a future career in politics.
From March 7 to 15, 2018, we visited the cities of Lockport, Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Dunkirk, Batavia, Rochester, and Jamestown.
We planned to take Troop 60095 to meet with Congresswoman Louise Slaughter in Rochester, but she was called back to Washington. We’re so incredibly sad to hear of her passing, and wish to express condolences to her family. She was a force of nature and she will be greatly missed.
Our council CEO Judy Cranston expressed her gratitude to Mayor Brown for his support, and her words ring true for all who welcomed us over the past few weeks.
“The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-run business in the world. We thank Mayor Brown for his support, as we work to build the next generation of leaders who embody courage, confidence, and charter, who make the world a better place.”
Click the pictures below to see more images from each event!