100th Anniversary of the Girl Scout Cookie Program


WHEREAS, the year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, which evolved into the largest entrepreneurial training program for girls in the world; and

WHEREAS, in 1917,  the Mistletoe Troop first baked and sold Girl Scout cookies in their high school cafeteria in Muskogee, Oklahoma, as a service project; and  

WHEREAS, from humble beginnings as a way for Girl Scout troops to finance their own activities, the Girl Scout Cookie Program has become one of the most powerful and successful financial literacy tools for girls; and

WHEREAS,the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches five essential skills — goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics; and

WHEREAS,in keeping with the fast pace of the modern world and the Girl Scout Mission to provide girls with learning opportunities for the future, Girl Scouts launched Digital Cookie, adding a digital layer to the Girl Scout cookie program that teaches vital 21st century business skills, including e-marketing, digital money management, online dashboard usage, and e-commerce; and

WHEREAS,during the last century of selling these iconic cookies, Girl Scouts have demonstrated their exemplary leadership and philanthropic spirit by using their earnings to do remarkable work that reflects the Girls Scouts’ mission; and

WHEREAS, today, more than 59 million women are Girl Scout alumnae, and 2.7 million girls and adult volunteers are active members; and

WHEREAS,Girl Scouts consistently make positive changes in their communities, thanks in part to cookie sales, and doing what they can to make the world a better place;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize the 100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE GIRL SCOUT COOKIE PROGRAM in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.