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Reminder! GSUSA's Girl Scout Cookie Redistribution Policy


Everyone knows that when cookies are purchased from a Girl Scout, they are investing in so much more than a box of treats - they're investing in a girl's future.

Proudly, one hundred percent of the net proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie sales are invested back into originating councils to fund activities and experiences for their Girl Scouts, who are busy making their way in the world and positively impacting their communities. All these things are possible thanks to the structure and design of the Girl Scout Cookie Program as designed by Girl Scouts USA.

As a result, we wanted to take an opportunity to remind everyone of the Redistribution Policy set by GSUSA on Girl Scout cookies. The following redistribution language appears on every package of Girl Scout cookies:

“The GIRL SCOUTS® name and mark, and all associated trademarks and logotypes, including GIRL SCOUT COOKIES®, THIN MINTS®, TREFOILS®, GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SALE®, GIRL SCOUT COOKIE PROGRAM®, and the Trefoil Design, are owned by Girl Scouts of the USA. [Licensee name] is an official GSUSA licensee. Baked by authority of Girl Scouts of the USA. This product is distributed and marketed exclusively through Girl Scout members. Any resale or redistribution is unauthorized.” 

These statements protect the right of Girl Scouts to be the only ones to sell our cookies. This means that no one – customers, stores, or parents – may purchase Girl Scout cookies and then resell them. Councils work closely with GSUSA, including our own, to ensure that redistribution does not occur. It is our responsibility as a council that if we should become aware of redistribution, we are required to contact the parties involved and inform them of Girl Scouts’ exclusive right to sell Girl Scout cookies and ask them to stop. If our request is not honored, GSUSA requests that the product sale liaison at GSUSA be contacted immediately.

We want all Girl Scouts to feel empowered through the opportunities offered to them through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. By taking liberties with redistribution, not only are policies broken, but girl experiences are lost.

Please feel free to contact GSSNE with any further questions!