Friday, March 24 marked the first day of the 2017 Cookie Booth Sale Season. Girl Scouts from Troops 4317 and 5116 were up with the sun and the cast of KREM2 News to share in the excitement of the most anticipated day of the year.
A well-known component of Girl Scouting is the Cookie Program, the largest girl-run business in the world. Once a year, Girl Scouts around the country venture into the entrepreneurial world to learn business and financial skills and earn money to fund their Girl Scouting goals. Through “learning by earning,” Girl Scouting aims to empower girls through the development of five essential skills: goal setting, money management, people skills, decision making, and business ethics.
When Alexis Davenport, KREM2 Morning Show Coordinator and Traffic Reporter, asked what the Girl Scout Cookie Program has taught her, Kaitlyn responded, “Girl Scouts has taught me many leadership skills that I can definitely use later on in life, and also business skills that I can use to talk to customers and other retail members.”
Kaitlyn’s right – When girls sell Girl Scout cookies they learn to set goals and meet deadlines. That mean’s your daughter likely won’t tell you last minute that her science fair project is due the following day, rather she’ll be planning ahead. They also learn to talk and listen to all kinds of people, which is a great skill they’ll be sure to utilize in their future career-related endeavors.
Did you know – overall, a majority of Girl Scout “Cookie Entrepreneurs” develop five essential skills? Our studies show:
- 85% of girls developed Money Management skills, reporting that they had developed budgets, taken cookie orders, and handled customers’ money.
- 83% of girls developed Business Ethics, learning to fulfill promises to customers, keep true to the Girl Scout Promise and Law in their business dealings, and consider how best to contribute to their communities with their earnings.
- 80% of girls developed the Goal Setting skill, learning how to set sales goals relative to action plans and to create a set of objectives with their team to reach their goals.
- 77% of girls developed the Decision Making skill, learning how to work as a team to develop a basic business plan, deciding when and where to sell cookies, and reaching agreements on what to do with the money they earned.
- 75% of girls developed People Skills, learning to talk, listen, and work with different kinds of people while selling cookies.
- Significantly, more than half of girls (55%) achieved all 5 skills.
If you or your troop recently shared information about the 2017 Cookie Sale with your local media outlet, we want to hear about it! Message us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your story.
Looking for cookies? Utilize our Cookie Booth Locator! Sales continue until April 16, 2017.