Thursday, January 4, 2018

Cookie Orders Start TOMORROW!

Tomorrow begins the most wonderful time of year for Girl Scouts! We’ve been counting down to the big day by talking about the foundation of the Cookie Program—the 5 Skills. Check out our previous posts on Goal Setting and Decision Making and Money Management. In case you missed it, this is a great recap of what this year’s Cookie Program has in store!

While the first three skills are more focused on the logistical side of business, these two—people skills and business ethics—are centered on people. From your customers and your team to yourself, people are the biggest part of business success!

People Skills: Girls learn how to talk (and listen!) to their customers, as well as learning how to work as a team with other girls.

Your team: Whether girls are working towards a troop or individual goal, each Girl Scout will have a team to rely on to help her be successful. Your team may include fellow troop members, parents, or an adult volunteer. Who’s on your team? Remember, these people are excited to see Girl Scouts achieve their goals, and they are willing to help you! At the end of it all, don’t forget to thank everyone for their support.

Your customers: It can be uncomfortable to talk to new people, but the more you do it, the easier it gets! It’s important to improve this skill, because your customers are more likely to understand and be eager to support your goals. Practice your sales speech in your troop—practice makes perfect!

Learning to listen to what others are saying is a trait of a strong leader, and it is a large part of being a strong team player, which is an important piece of girls doing well in school (in group projects, on sports teams, and on the playground) and, later, at work.

Business Ethics: Girls act honestly and responsibly during every step of the cookie sale.

“Honest” and “responsible” are both a part of the Girl Scout Law, but the Cookie Program puts it into practice. From respecting the opinions of others during goal setting discussions to honoring promises with each fulfilled order, girls are learning what it means to be a considerate, passionate, accountable, courageous, and empowered girl leader.

2017 Cookie Program Shout Out: Girl Scouts in Troop 30956 spent a week camping together at Camp Hawthorne Ridge. We heard the weather was rainy, but the girls made a million memories anyway!