Girl Scouts celebrate century of cookie sales

Cookie sales begin Feb. 4
Girl Scouts celebrate century of cookie sales

Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. has started planning for its busiest time of year – cookie time. This year is particularly special as the organization celebrates 100 years of cookie sales.

Over 500 Girl Scouts from across Dane County attended a kickoff celebration on Saturday at Door Creek Community Church in Madison. Volunteers at the event called “Cookie University” helped teach girls to manage money and set sales goals.

Josephine Wilson, in her third year of Girl Scouts, said she hopes to sell 1,000 cookies this year. But she enjoys serving her community even more than selling cookies.

“My favorite part of being a Girl Scout is learning to help the environment, helping people in need and donating books to literacy [programs],” Wilson said.

Christine Posey, director of girl leadership experience, said she was excited to help girls become entrepreneurs of the biggest female-led business in the world.

“We have a lot of go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders,” Posey said. “We are about building girls of courage, confidence and character… who become leaders in their community.”

Volunteers from Summit Credit Union were at event and taught girls how to make change for their customers.

The girls also played games in the gym and taste-tested the newest cookie flavor: “S’mores!”

Cookie sales begin Feb. 4.