Story: Girl Guide Cookie Story

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Also found at: http://www.girlguides.ca/cookie_story

In 1927, a Girl Guide leader in Regina baked and boxed up cookies for her girls as a simple way to raise money for uniforms and camping equipment. Little did she know that she was starting one of Canada’s greatest traditions - Girl Guide cookies!

Girl Guide cookies are the official fundraiser of Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada. Funds raised through cookies sales support girls and women in Guiding by:

  • Helping us provide diverse and exciting programs and activities
  • Allowing girls the chance to discover new interests, learn valuable leadership skills and making lasting friendships
  • Assist girls and leaders with attending camps and events
  • Providing training and support for leaders

There’s a lot of history behind Girl Guide cookies!

1927 - The first GGC cookies are sold in Regina, Saskatchewan.

1929 - GGC starts selling cookies.

1946 - Vanilla crème, maple cream and shortbread cookies are introduced.

1953 - Classic chocolate and vanilla cookies made their first appearance.

1960 - A special box commemorates the 50th Jubilee of GGC.

1966 - The classic vanilla and chocolate cookies are back!

1967 - GGC centennial cookies are sold.

1991 - During the Gulf War, every Canadian soldier was given a box of GGC cookies upon arrival in Saudi Arabia.

1992 -Canadian astronaut Roberta Bondar, a former Member, carries GGC cookies into space.

1995 – The chocolatey mint cookies are sold in all provinces across Canada

2003 - All classic chocolate and vanilla and chocolatey mint cookies are produced in a tree nut-free and peanut-free bakery.

2008 - GGC introduced a bright new look for the chocolatey mint and classic cookie boxes to highlight the camaraderie, teamwork and variety of activities that Guiding offers.

2009 - GGC announced and launched reduced trans fat in the classic chocolate and vanilla cookies

2009 - GGC launches first national cookie selling rewards initiative- Cookie All Stars

2010 - The 100th anniversary cookie box is introduced for the classic campaign. The classic chocolate and vanilla cookies are now 0 g trans fat per serving.