"I think that it was just part of living, and that's what really girl scouting is, it teaches you how to live."

98-year-old Ronnie Backenstoe who became a Girl Scout in 1932 (she continues to sell Girl Scout cookies).

  • You’ve likely seen them in your hometown – Girl Scout cookie-selling season starts January 2 and *usually* lasts until April. Each troop normally has a 6-8 week period during which they sell their cookies.
  • In 1936, 4 years after Ronnie joined the Girl Scouts, the group started to license commercial bakers to streamline the production of the cookies.
  • Selling cookies to support the Girl Scout organization started in 1917 (maybe even earlier).
  • The meeting that started it all: in 1912, Juliette Gordon Low gathered 18 women in her home to share what she had learned during a trip abroad where she met the founder of the Boy Scouts.
  • Estimates place Girl Scout cookie sales around $800M.
  • WHY IT MATTERS: The Girl Scouts claim more than 50M women in the U.S. *today* have gone through their leadership program – that’s roughly 1 out of every 3 American women.

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