GSNI’s Response to Recent Cookie Boycott News


We have been alerted that an online flyer is calling for a boycott of Girl Scout Cookies. It is based on a wealth of misinformation. First and foremost, the mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. This is not a political mission. Girl Scouts of the USA and Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois will not tolerate special interest groups linking its name to any political issue in order to advance an agenda, nor will it tolerate individuals and organizations that misuse its name and/or brand. That said, we aim to supply our Girl Scout family with all information and materials necessary to deliver the truth to our supporters.

In light of multiple articles alleging Girl Scouts has ties to certain organizations, here are some key facts to consider.

  • Girl Scouts has not endorsed any person or organization. Girl Scouts has not endorsed any political party or politician.
  • Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois does not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood.
  • Girl Scouts of the USA does not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood.
  • Girl Scouts does not take a position on reproductive issues. We believe these are matters that are best discussed within the family.
  • We feel our role is to help girls develop self-confidence and good decision-making skills that will help them make wise choices in all areas of their lives.

The safety and protection of our girls and adult volunteers is a top priority. There are reports from all over the country that some individuals are harassing girls at cookie booths. In case you should ever observe anyone at a Girl Scout cookie booth making girls, volunteers, or you yourself uncomfortable, feel empowered to take photos or capture these individuals with your smartphone's video or audio recording functions and contact us at 847-741-5521, Extension 7139 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . If you feel yourself to be in a threatening situation, please don't hesitate to call law enforcement. We will not tolerate the harassment of Girl Scouts.

Please print this flier which is intended for adults to have at cookie booths, just in case they need to distribute accurate information about the Girl Scout Cookie Program. This flyer is intended for the everyday cookie customer. Also see Girl Scouts of the USA's statement here.

Be assured that the Girl Scout brand enjoys a significant amount of goodwill from the general public. A majority of cookie customers support the organization, as well as understand and appreciate the impact you make as a dedicated Girl Scout volunteer.

Yours in Girl Scouting.