Girl Scouts and cookies share a rich history that goes back over 80 years! In the 1920s Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low began helping the first Girl Scouts raise money to achieve special goals for their troops. Since then, the cookie sale has grown into a highly successful program that helps girls learn and practice important skills while raising funds for Girl Scouting in their area. The first documented council-wide cookie sale of commercially baked Girl Scout Cookies was in Philadelphia in 1934. The first nationally franchised cookie sale was in 1936. Today, more than 300 councils participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Sale.