Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is celebrated on the third weekend of February every year in the United States. This year, it takes place from February 16 to 18. The weekend aims to encourage the American public to support the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (G.S.U.S.A.) in their mission to support entrepreneurship in young American girls. The iconic Girl Scouts cookies are readily available throughout the weekend. Customers can support their local Girl Scouts at cookie booths or by online delivery. The entire event is girl-led, where a real Girl Scout is doing every task and performing every role. All proceeds of the cookie sales benefit the Girl Scouts and the local organizations that power their experience.
History of Girl Scout Cookie Weekend
The Girl Scouts was started in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia. The first ever troop of Girl Guides (as they were called back then) were 18 in number, and all of them shared a common sense of curiosity and self-efficacy. American women did not even possess the right to vote then and were expected to adhere to very restrictive societal norms. The first cohort of Girl Scouts, however, sparked a movement across the country that allowed girls (albeit only White girls) to realize their potential and make the world a better place in the process.
In 1913, the Girl Guides of America was changed to the Girl Scouts of the United States, and the organization’s headquarters were moved to the national capital, Washington D.C. The headquarters was again shifted when the organization was incorporated in 1915. During World War II, Girl Scout troops were even organized in Japanese internment camps. Girl Scout troops remained segregated for many years. The first ever troop of African American girls was established in 1917, the first Native American troop in 1921, and the first Mexican American troop in 1922. They changed their name to the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (G.S.U.S.A.) in 1947. The G.S.U.S.A. started advocating to desegregate troops at a national level around the 1950s. One of the first successful desegregations happened in 1956.
One of the most popular projects run by the Girl Scouts is the Girl Scout Cookies Program. Every third weekend of February, Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is celebrated to encourage Americans to support the Girl Scouts and to foster entrepreneurship in young American girls. Their cookies can be bought almost anywhere throughout the weekend. People can support their local Girl Scouts by buying cookies in person at their booths or by buying them online.
Girl Scout Cookie Weekend FAQs
Is there a national Girl Scout Cookie Day?
Yes, February 8 is National Girl Scout Cookie Day.
What is the Girl Scout Promise?
The promise is “On my honor, I will try to serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law.” A Girl Scout of another religion can replace the word “God” in the promise as appropriate to their spiritual beliefs.
What is the most popular Girl Scout cookie?
Thin mints are the most popular Girl Scout cookie.
Girl Scout Cookie Weekend Activities
Learn about the Girl Scouts
If you don’t know much about the Girl Scouts, look them up and what they do. They have various activities that foster good qualities, such as courage, compassion, and leadership.
Go to a G.S.U.S.A. booth
If you live in the United States, go visit a G.S.U.S.A. booth and buy some cookies. By doing so, you’ll be able to witness just how the Girl Scouts get things done.
Order cookies online
If you’d rather stay at home, you can order a bunch of cookies online. The Girl Scouts have partnered with food delivery services so that you don’t have to wait for them to knock on your door to buy their cookies!
5 Interesting Facts About Cookies
Annual cookie consumption
Americans eat over two billion cookies a year.
The world’s biggest cookie was baked in 2003 in Flat Rock, North Carolina.
Animal crackers were the first cookies to be mass-produced in the United States.
Cookie cutters were first made by hand in the 1700s.
Japanese unagi cookies are made with butter, eel bones, eel extract, and garlic.
Why We Love Girl Scout Cookie Weekend
It’s an excuse to eat cookies
Cookies are a delight. We love any excuse to eat them!
It encourages people to support entrepreneurship
Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is a great opportunity to support the spirit of entrepreneurship in girls. Selling cookies is an experience in which they can learn how to interact with people, handle money, and perform their duties responsibly.
It’s an opportunity to support Girl Scouts
The Girl Scouts is a wonderful organization that uplifts young girls. Girl Scout Cookie Weekend is a perfect opportunity to support the organization.
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