2015 Cookie Program Update

Dear Girl Scout Family,Debbie Nielson

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates immeasurable benefits for girls, our community, and our council. All proceeds from the Cookie Program stay right here in Utah to serve our more than 10,000 girls and adult volunteers, helping make Girl Scouts one of the most affordable yet personally enriching activities a girl can choose. Girls set cookie goals to support their chosen activities for the year, to fund community service and leadership projects, to attend camp, or to travel to destinations near and far. Activity Credits from the Cookie Program give girls the opportunity to explore and expand their world.

As you know, the cost of living is always increasing and likewise, the cost of a box of cookies from our baker has continued to rise. Each year these increases have been absorbed while the costs of program, camp, and insurance have also risen. To help offset rising costs from Little Brownie Bakers, and to be able to provide quality programming, Girl Scouts of Utah has approved a $.50 price increase to $4.00 per box. Our cookie box price has remained the same for 11 years. Our Audit and Finance Committee, at the direction of the Board of Directors, reviewed the facts and historical data surrounding the cookie program and recommended the increase which was approved by the Board in July.

We’re excited to offer more incentives to girls! Girl Activity Credits will increase from $10 to $12.50 for every 50 boxes sold up to 349 boxes. She’ll get $15 for every 50 boxes sold at 350 boxes and above. The Cookie Program is directly related to our mission of helping all girls realize their full potential. Selling cookies is an experiential program where girls learn essential financial literacy skills, including: goal setting, business ethics, entrepreneurship, money management, and people skills. Skills that will help girls become financially savvy and be used throughout their lives.

We know there will be questions and concerns which is why we are announcing this now. Please feel free to email me directly,
dnielson@gsutah.org. We will continue communicating and answering questions to prepare you and our communities for a fantastic 2015 cookie season!

Warm Regards,

Debbie Nielson
Acting Chief Executive Officer