For a few months every year, Girl Scouts sell cookies to support the adventures they want to go on. Each time someone purchases a box of Girl Scout Cookies, they are investing in future female entrepreneurs as they learn about goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.
There are many choices when it comes to cookie time. Before the start of cookie season, troops decide where and how many cookies they want to sell. By setting goals, troops plan out trips they want to take, badges they want to earn, and organizations they want to support. Some troops even plan to separate their earnings into saving, spending, and giving to achieve all three! By having a voice in their cookie sales, they are learning how to run a business and gain the confidence to make important decisions.
Girls also learn how to develop a budget, interact with customers, and handle money. It is important for girls learn how to calculate how much is owed and what change should be given. Whether they sell cookies as a troop or on their own, each girl is running her own business, and she is able to gain knowledge to be well-rounded businesswoman. Plus, many people look forward to Girl Scout Cookies so it is a great time for girls to gain self-assurance by asking people if they would like to purchase a box or two!
When you purchase delicious Girl Scout Cookies this month, you are helping build up girls’ confidence and strengthen their financial literacy skills. Our cookies are on a mission: to help girls learn five skills that are essential to leadership, to success, and to life.
Skill 1: Goal Setting
Girls set cookie sale goals and create a plan to reach them with their team.
Girl Scouts has helped me to save my money and set big goals. I’ve made up my mind to work to get a $500 emergency fund, so I can afford whatever I need. -Abigail
Skill 2: Decision Making
Girls decide where and when to sell cookies, how to market their sale, and what to do with their earnings.
As a troop, we have also gained leadership skills to be more independent girls! -Alaina
Skill 3: Money Management
Girls develop a budget, take cookie orders, and handle customers’ money.
Selling cookies has helped me with managing my finances in order to budget and save money. -Kelsey
Skill 4: People Skills
Girls learn how to talk (and listen) to customers, as well as how to work with a team.
Each year that I sell cookies, I feel more and more confident asking people for their support. That has carried over to speaking with teachers and coaches and even making new friends. -Ilana
Skill 5: Business Ethics
Girls gain the knowledge to be well-rounded businesswomen.
The cookies program has helped me realize that I am a business woman. -Savana
With the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls are able to set goals, have the confidence to make decisions, and create great customer relations. This cookie season, we hope you’ll buy some Girl Scout Cookies to support women entrepreneurs!