History Of The Girl Scout Cookies

Posted in on the 3rd May, 2014

girlScoutCookiesGirls Scout cookies have become synonymous with the organization that made it famous and popular. It started as a way for Girl Scout member to raise funds for their units. It is also a way for Girl Scouts to earn prizes and unit incentives for their efforts. The Beginning

The history of a Scout unit selling cookies dates way back in 1917. The Mistletoe Girl Scout unit in Oklahoma initiated this. But at around this time, it was not yet considered as standard practice to raise funds as a troop unit. It was only until 1922 when it was suggested by The American Girl, the magazine of the Girl Scouts, for cookie sales to become a fundraising activity for the organization. The magazine also provided a simple cookie recipe provided by a regional director from the Girl Scouts of Chicago. Girl Scout Cookie Sales

In 1933, the Girl Scouts in Philadelphia organized the first official cookie sale. It began to spread as other troop units countrywide also started organizing cookie sales to raise funds. By 1936, the National Girl Scout organization started licensing commercial bakers to produce the cookies in order to increase its availability and improve sales.

Cookie Varieties

Over the years, each box of Girl Scout Cookies have come with different varieties. From the original cookie recipe, Shortbreads, Peanut Butter Sandwich and Thin Mints were added in the 1950’s. By 1956, there were six types of cookies available. The Samoa was added into the list in 1976. At present, there are now 28 varieties of Girl Scout Cookies offered. It may be different depending on the location of the Girl Scout council. As standard practice, the National Girl Scout organization requires only three types- Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Sandwiches or Do-Si-Dos, and Shortbread or Trefoils. Other varieties can be included or changed every year. Among several favorites are the Samoas and the Tagalongs.