If you are the parent of a Girl Scout you know what I mean when I say the two month cookie season seems like it lasts at least twice that long! Between picking up cases upon cases of cookies, canvassing the neighborhood, taking orders at the office, and having cookie booths, cookie season is A LOT of work.
So why have we done it every year since my daughter was a Brownie in 2016?
Why We Sell Girl Scout Cookies
Well, it turns out there are A LOT of reasons why helping my Scout sell cookies is worth it:
- The preparation that goes into selling cookies provides girls the opportunity to apply real-world skills like goal setting, selling, distributing change and organizing to name a few.
- Girl Scout cookie sales is the world’s largest girl run business. Being a “Cookie CEO” helps my daughter develop her public speaking skills and allows her to be comfortable interacting with adults outside of her school setting. It’s amazing to see her conversation skills with family and friends develop as a result of selling cookies.
- It makes my daughter feel a real sense of pride. Each year she sets a very ambitious goal for herself (this year it’s 550 boxes!) and keeps close track of her sales. The sense of pride and accomplishment she feels as she hits her milestones make all the work worth it.
- Girl Scout cookie sales ensure all girls in her troop can take part in amazing activities. Each Girl Scout troop receives a portion of the profit from cookie sales to help with running a troop. One of the things I love about my daughter’s Girl Scout troop is that they offer incredible activities that are no cost to the girls! Cookie money has allowed the troop to go camping several times, complete mud runs, go horseback riding, and even spend the night at the Omaha Zoo! Those are just a few of the most memorable experiences we have been a part of thanks to cookie sales. These activities help all the girls in the troop learn and grow together.
- Each Girl Scout troop takes donations (great for people that don’t like cookies!) to donate cookies to various local organizations like police and firefighters. There is also a program for sending cookies to members of the Armed Forces stationed overseas.
- The more cookies my daughter sells, the less summer Girl Scout camp costs me! Girls get credits they can use based on cookie sales. One of the possible uses is to help pay for summer camp. My daughter went to her first five-day camp last summer. She loved it so much, she increased her cookie goal this year to help offset the costs to our family.
How you can get involved
Whether you purchase Girl Scout cookies or not, here’s how you can help girls selling cookies build confidence and character:
- If a girl comes to your door or approaches you in a public place, just be nice. Allow them to finish their sales pitch before you decline or buy cookies. It takes a lot of courage for children to approach adults.
- Ask them about Girl Scouts! What is their favorite cookie? Why do they love being a Girl Scout?
- If you were a Girl Scout or raised a Girl Scout share that! My daughter loves to hear about experiences others have had
- Give the girl a chance to tell you what you owe her and figure out if change is needed. That is one of her most important jobs.
To my fellow Girl Scout moms, I salute you. To the cookie moms who coordinate pickup for each family in your troop for the two month cookie season, I am in awe of you. There are many times I’d rather stay home and curl up with my DVR, until my daughter asks if we can load up the wagon and try to sell a few more boxes. If you’re like me, you put on your coat and hold the money bag while she works her very first business. And, if you see me at one of your cookie booths hit me up; I am always good for a box.