Join Girl Scouts, the Chicago Wolves and your community for a family-friendly event with Girl Scout Cookies and hockey activities at Allstate Arena.
Do you want to set a world record? This is your chance! We know every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risktaker, Leader)TM is amazing, and we can make it official. Like, Guinness World Record official.
3…2…1…DUNK! Be officially amazing.
We need YOU! Help us attempt to collectively dunk more cookies in milk than ever before. We’ll take the lead to break a Guinness World Record and kick off an amazing 2018 Girl Scout Cookie Program!
The day includes interactive cookie activities; hockey activities for the whole family; meet-and-greet with Chicago Wolves mascot Skates; skate on the ice (skate rental is not provided); and performances by Carly and Martina, plus much more!
What does it take to be one of the top Girl Scout Cookie sellers in the country?
A lot of hard work, dedication and help – at least that’s the recipe for success according to Giada Gambatese, the 9-year-old Chicago Girl Scout Junior who sold 30,120 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies earlier this year.
“It’s pretty cool,” she said.
Giada, who was also Girl Scout of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana’s top seller last year with more than 13,000 cookies, credits her record-breaking sales to some serious tech savviness. She recorded videos asking for donations to the council’s Gift of Caring Program, which sends Girl Scout Cookies to organizations that bring comfort to the women and men serving in the armed forces.
“My Papa [grandfather] was in the Marines and he helped me, so I want to help others,” said Giada.
Then she sent emails and letters to potential customers and followed up with phone calls. Afterward, she created handmade thank-you cards to everyone who donated to Gift of Caring.
“We wanted to up the ante this year so we targeted her Papa’s local President’s Club of which he is a member,” said Giada’s mom, Gianna Franzia. “All of the members are remarkable companies and were eager to donate knowing it went to aid our men and women in the armed forces.”
Originally, Giada wanted to sell 20,000 boxes, but when she heard about other Girl Scouts across the country selling more than that, she tapped into her inner entrepreneur and kicked her sales strategy into high gear with a bit of PR.
In March, Giada appeared on The Steve Dahl Show in Chicago to talk about her business approach and saw a boost in sales.
“It was really fun and cool to talk into the microphone,” she said.
Giada, whose favorite Girl Scout Cookies are Thin Mints and S’mores, is also considered a Cookie CEO, which celebrates the top five cookie sellers in the council. Cookie CEOs enjoy a busy day at the GSGCNWI’s Chicago office meeting with the council CEO, Nancy Wright; holding an all-staff conference call, lunch and much more.
“My favorite part was meeting the CEO, she’s really nice,” Giada said.
Next year, Giada wants to 100,000 boxes of Girl Scouts of Cookies. And for other Girl Scouts who want to become Cookie CEOs, she has the following advice.
“Have help, set a goal and have fun,” Giada said. “And when you’re selling cookies, be organized. It takes time to do everything, so be patient. My mom always says ‘nothing happens overnight.'”
After struggling to keep the lights on for their blinged-out cookie booth, Girl Scouts from Troop 60194 in Chicago had the brilliant idea to create a solar-powered, 3D-printed masterpiece to help them sell Girl Scout Cookies.
In order to make their dreams come true, the troop enlisted the help of Exelon to use STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to “build a brighter tomorrow.”
But the fun doesn’t stop there.
The troop is planning to donate 500 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to wounded veterans in Baltimore and D.C. through the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana’s Gift of Caring program.
Learn more about their journey here and watch their booth-building adventure below.
Your ticket includes admission to the rally, Chicago Wolves game, a rally patch for Girl Scouts and a commemorative t-shirt. You’ll also get the chance to flex your cookie boss skills at interactive sessions, such as our cookie recipe contest, business plan competition and Bling Your Booth contest. Plus, you’ll be able to win a special Girl Scout patch by visiting certain booths and participating in various activities to complete your Cookie Rally Passport.
But wait … there’s more! As a Cookie Kickoff Rally attendee, you’ll also get to meet Skates, the Chicago Wolves mascot, and have the opportunity to skate on the ice. After the Wolves game, break out your favorite dancing moves with your Sister Girl Scouts at the after-party, featuring a live DJ.
Come with your troop, your family or friends and help us welcome the new Girl Scout S’mores Cookie! The S’mores-inspired crunchy graham sandwich cookie with creamy chocolate and marshmallowy filling is sure to be a hit among hungry cookie customers.
For more information about the Cookie Kickoff Rally and to purchase your tickets, click here. We can’t wait to see you there!
In celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies, we’re excited to announce a commemorative Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie today, National S’mores Day.
Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana will offer a s’mores-inspired crunchy graham sandwich cookie with creamy chocolate and marshmallowy filling. The last new Girl Scout Cookies®, including the gluten-free Toffee-tastic, were introduced in 2015.
“Some of my favorite Girl Scout memories took place outdoors, roasting S’mores at summer camp,” said Nancy Wright, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana and a former Girl Scout. “This new cookie brings an exciting and delicious way for our customers to help our girls learn five important life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.”
This s’mores-inspired cookie made with specialty ingredients was created with emerging consumer trends in mind. It contains no artificial flavors or colors, high fructose corn syrup, or hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. This newly introduced cookie is the first of its kind for Girl Scouts. Cookies sold by Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana are $5 per box.
Every penny of net proceeds earned from the sale of Girl Scout Cookies is reinvested into exceptional programming and activities for girls. At the troop level, girls manage the decision-making process for how to spend their troop cookie money and often reinvest it in their neighborhoods through service projects and learning experiences, including travel. Customers who purchase Girl Scout Cookies are not only getting a delicious treat—they are also investing in their communities and girls.
The tradition of making and enjoying s’mores in the outdoors was popularized by Girl Scouts as early as the 1920s. The organization was one of the first to publish the iconic recipe under the name “Some More” in a 1925 issue of Girl Scout Leader magazine and, then, as “somemores” in an official 1927 Girl Scout publication. The popular s’mores recipe is just one component of Girl Scouts’ longstanding commitment to the outdoors, a cornerstone of the organization that plays a vital role in girls’ leadership development.
According to the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) More Than S’mores report, there is a clear connection between outdoor experiences and girls’ understanding of their leadership potential. Girls who spend time outdoors through Girl Scouts eclipse their peers in environmental stewardship, more readily seek challenges, and are better problem solvers, all of which are traits needed for twenty-first-century leadership. When consumers purchase a box of Girl Scout S’mores cookies or any other variety of Girl Scout Cookies, they are investing in a girl’s future and can feel good that their Girl Scout Cookie purchase powers amazing experiences for girls.
For Giada Gambatese, the top cookie seller for Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI), it takes perseverance, a bit of tech savviness and some serious networking skills.
In her third year of selling Girl Scout Cookies, the 8-year-old Girl Scout Brownie who lives in Chicago, sold more than 13,000 boxes of cookies. About 12,000 of those boxes were donated to the council’s Gift of Caring program, which sends Girl Scout Cookies to military personnel.
Contributing to Gift of Caring was especially important to Giada, whose grandfather served in the Marines.
“It’s important because we care about soldiers,” she said.
When Giada, whose favorite Girl Scout Cookies are Thin Mints, found out she was the council’s top seller, she was ecstatic. She originally wanted to sell enough cookies to earn a laptop, but once she surpassed that goal, she decided to go for the top prize: a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
“I want to ride all the rides and meet Merida from Brave because she looks like me,” Giada, a member of Troop 20073, explained.
In order to achieve her sales goal, Giada made videos and sent them to prospective customers. When she grows up, she wants to become a professional YouTuber.
“My father is part of the President’s Club, so we targeted his business connections and they were very generous,” said Giada’s mom, Gianna Franzia.
As the Girl Scout who sold the most cookies in GSGCNWI, Giada is also a member of the elite Cookie CEO group, which consists of the top five sellers in the council. Cookie CEOs enjoy a busy day at the GSGCNWI’s Chicago office meeting with the council CEO, Nancy Wright; holding an all-staff conference call, lunch and much more.
“It’s like being a celebrity,” Giada’s dad, Michael Gambatese, said. “It’s very, very cool.”
As a gesture of goodwill, Giada also sent customized thank-you cards to all of her customers.
“We want to teach her to show appreciation for every customer,” her dad said. “It sets you apart.”
Nearly 40,000 Girl Scouts sold 4.6 million packages of cookies in greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana during the 2016 Girl Scout Cookie Program. Next year marks the centennial celebration of Girl Scout Cookies.
Giving back to the community is in every Girl Scout’s DNA, which is why Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana’s Gift of Caring program is such a success. This year, more than 14,600 girls donated one or more boxes of the iconic Girl Scout Cookies for a total of 199,780 packages of Gift of Caring boxes sold, exceeding the goal of 160,000 boxes.
“Gift of Caring donations provide twice the benefits with one simple purchase,” said Carl Canale, director of product program for Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana.
“Girls learn life skills, local Girl Scout troops find their activities, community organizations benefit from the program, and the women and men serving in the armed forces get a great tasting reminder of home,” said Susan Rakis, who is also a director of product program for GSGCNWI.
Last year, nearly 153,700 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies were donated to military personnel through the council’s Gift of Caring program, which sends cookies to organizations that bring comfort to women and men serving in the armed forces. Some of those organizations include the Illinois National Guard, Manteno Veterans’ Home and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).
“We get thank-you cards and letters and everything from these guys who receive Girl Scout Cookies,” said Linda Krone, a member of Johnson-Phelps VFW Post #5220 in Oak Lawn, Illinois. “The program works out really well and we get a lot of help from the girls.”
The program is especially important to Giada Gambatese, an 8-year-old Girl Scout Brownie who is GSGCNWI’s top cookie seller with more than 13,000 boxes sold, 12,000 of which benefited Gift of Caring.
“It’s important because we care about soldiers,” Giada, whose grandfather was in the Marines, explained.
Nina Grotto, a 17-year-old Girl Scout Ambassador, is also passionate Gift of Caring.
“My father and both of my grandfathers are veterans, so it was really important to me to participate in Gift of Caring on a personal level,” Nina said.
Nearly 40,000 Girl Scouts sold 4.6 million packages of cookies in greater Chicago and northwest Indiana during the 2016 Girl Scout Cookie Program. Next year marks the centennial celebration of the Girl Scout Cookie.
If your commute was a little sweeter this week, you can thank a Girl Scout.
On Wednesday, March 23, Girl Scouts took over downtown Chicago for the first of four Loop Site Days this spring. During Loop Site Days, girls sell Girl Scout Cookies in the lobbies of downtown businesses.
Ryeleigh M., 6, and Fabiola V., 5, both Girl Scout Daisies from Troop 55190 in Algonquin, Illinois were excited for their first Loop Site Day.
“We’re saving our cookie money to go to Build-a-Bear,” Ryeleigh said.
“And buying crafts for children at the Ronald McDonald’s House,” added Fabiola.
Meanwhile, Caity S., 10, Zoe V. , 9, and Stephanie B., 10, Girl Scout Juniors from Troop 40306 from Mundelein, Illinois plan to use their cookie money to go camping at Camp Juniper Knoll in East Troy, Wisconsin.
“It feels so grownup to sell cookies and it’s just so amazing that adults are trusting us to do this,” shared Zoe.
“It’s great because we’re cookie bosses and we can decide what to do with the money and where we want to go on trips,” she said.
In addition to meeting new people and learning new business skills, Cara C. an 11-year-old Girl Scout Junior in Troop 41101 from Lake Villa, Illinois enjoys helping people while selling Girl Scout Cookies.
“During our site sales at grocery stores, we offer to help people take their groceries to their car,” she said. “It feels good to give back.”
Missed the first round of Loop Site sales? Be sure to get your fix at downtown Chicago businesses on March 31, April 7 and April 19!
After learning about homeless children living at Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago, Zara, a 6-year-old Girl Scout Daisy in Troop 20438, decided to donate nearly 60 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to help cheer them up.
“It’s important to give back because they don’t have many treats and I thought they’d be happy to have treats,” Zara said.
She even enlisted the help of her classmates to create handmade cards to accompany the cookie boxes.
Zara, who sold 2,500 boxes last year, is hoping to sell 5,000 boxes this year so she can go to Disney World. So far, she’s sold 3,500 boxes and has donated nearly 400 of those to Gift of Caring, which sends Girl Scout Cookies to women and men in the military.
“This was all her idea,” her mom, Melissa Smejkal, said. “I’m really proud of her for being so caring and sharing with others.”
Girl Scout Cookies are great. Girl Scout Cookies combined with your favorite dessert are even better!
We recently teamed up with Chicago-based food blogger and cookbook author Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes for a tasty twist on traditional Thin Mints and Trefoils. Joining her in the kitchen are Girl Scouts Kaylyn and Kristen for a fun and easy recipe for cookie fans of all ages.
Check out the video below to catch all the fun and learn how Girl Scout Cookies benefit girls and the community.