The Girl Scouts keep 73 percent of the profits from each box of cookies sold; the rest goes to one of the two bakeries that make the cookies. That means that for every $4 box of cookies sold, the Girl Scouts keep $2.92. While the national organization does earn royalties from the bakeries, they receive no profits from cookies sold, states Daily Finance.
Approximately 50 to 57 cents goes to the local selling troop to fund scholarships, programming, projects and the general costs of participating in the Girl Scouts. They receive more if they decide to forgo prizes for the most sales. About 1 penny goes to the local service unit, while the rest goes to the regional council, which trains adult volunteers, runs summer camps and funds various programs, notes CBS Minnesota.