Girl Scout Cookies are among the most well-known brands in the world, but few know about the important skills girls learn from the program: goal setting, money management, decision making, people skills, and business ethics
These are skills that girls use throughout their lives to help them excel, exceed and lead. No university has produced as many female business owners as the Girl Scout Cookie Program.
“Cookies open doors for western Pennsylvania girls in so many ways,” said Patricia Burkart, CEO of Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania. “Not only does the program teach important financial skills, it also funds many life-changing experiences for girls through camps, travel, and programs.”
The Girl Scout Cookie program helped make summer camp possible for Alexis Burkett and her troop. A Girl Scout from Fombell, Alexis sold more than 1,500 boxes of cookies. “Cookies helped us go to Camp Elliott this past summer,” Alexis said. “We went swimming, hiking, and learned archery.”
This year, Alexis has set her goal high, aiming for 2,000 boxes in the 2014 Cookie Program. Alexis and her troop plan to use the proceeds to tackle adventure courses at summer camp. “It sounds so much fun,” she added.
To prepare for cookies season, many Girl Scouts attend special cookie rallies organized by volunteers.
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Warren Girl Scouts will gather at a cookie rally at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on December 29.
“We’ve made this event educational, so girls can be more confident going into cookie season,” said Jodi Holland, Warren Girl Scout volunteer. “They learn the skills they need while they are having fun with their friends.”
Nearly 80 girls are expected to attend the rally, which features several stations for girls to explore different skills needed for a successful sale.
Girl Scouts begin taking orders for cookies on January 3, 2014.