The Girl Scout Cookie Program begins in December 2013 and ends in March 2014.
Did you know that the Girl Scout cookie program evolved from a local event in Oklahoma in 1917? It is now the largest girl led business in the country, generating over $700 million annually. Girls love learning to run their own business, marketing to customers, tracking inventory and counting money. Parents love the skills girls learn that prepare them for personal and career success; the skills that make the Girl Scout Cookie Program part of the girl-driven Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Never do for a Girl Scout what she can do for herself! Here are a few examples of how participating in the Cookie Program teaches Girl Scouts skills that will help them grow into leaders in their own lives, leaders in business and leaders in the world:
1. Goal Setting
Your Girl Scout sets cookie sales goals individually and with her team, creates a plan toreach them, and develops Cooperation and Team Building skills all along the way!
Your Girl Scout helps decide how her team will spend their cookie money, furthering her Critical Thinking and Problem Solving skills that will help her in many aspects of her life.
3. Money Management
Your Girl Scout takes cookie orders, handles customers money and gains valuable and Practical Life Skills around financial literacy.
4. People Skills
Your Girl Scout learns how to talk to, listen to and work with all kinds of people while selling cookies. These experiences help her develop Healthy Relationship and Conflict Resolution skills she can use throughout her life.
5. Business Ethics
Your Girl Scout is honest and responsible at every step of the cookie sale. Her business ethics here reinforce the Positive Values she is developing as a Girl Scout.
By utilizing these five skills while selling cookies, girls earn the Cookie Activity Pin along with the badges shown below.
Cookie Program Volunteer/Troop Leader Information
Cookie Program Participating Girl Information
Cookie Locator - to find Girl Scout Cookies Near You!