Girl Scouts Plus Cookies Equals Business!
Did you hear that? That sweet little voice as you exited the grocery store asking:
“Would you like to buy some Girl Scout Cookies?”
These Girl Scouts are running a business, and they’ve got goals!
The profits the Girls receive from selling Girl Scout Cookies every year, benefit each troop, Juliette (an independent Girl Scout), and their local Girl Scout Council. Where the girls can go to purchase Girl Scout goods, attire and attend courses and activities. Girl Scouts of America, also sends hundreds of boxes of cookies directly to our Military personnel overseas.
Right now, Girl Scouts across the nation are selling thousands and thousands of boxes of the “get’em only once a year delectable, over-indulging Girl Scout Cookies. Scouts knock on our doors. Tables are set up outside of our grocery stores. They set up little stands in their front lawns. All whilst wearing that Girl Scout smile!
You see, these young entrepreneurs aren’t selling cookies to promote this controversy or that.
These girls, these thousands of Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors across the nation are selling cookies to go camping for the first time or tenth time. They are saving up for a trip abroad together as a troop. They are earning money to help a charity or fund a service project in their community. These Girl Scouts are learning how to run a business;
the largest girl-led business in the world!
Did you know that during the cookie season, the Girl Scouts learn the 5 basic skills of selling and running a business?
Goal Setting, Decision Making, Business Ethics, People Skills, and Business Ethics.
These 5 skills make or break any business, and Girl Scouts across America are taught these skills; and implement them during cookie season every year. You’ll see leaves on blue vests, circles on brown and green vests, and diamonds on tan vests. All indicating the achievement of understanding and implementing these top selling skills. When you purchase or donate a box of Girl Scout cookies, you’re building self-esteem in a shy Scout. You’re practicing proper money handling and accounting. When you buy a box of Thin Mints, you’re funding a goal. A much bigger picture!
For Girl Scouts, cookies?… it’s just delicious business!
As a business owner, and a 7 year troop leader to my daughters’ Girl Scout Troops, I embrace this crazy time of cookie season head on. I get to help empower these young ladies to believe in themselves and their hard work. I get the privilege of instilling confidence in them to go after their goals with determination. Because of my own training and my mentors, at ProDoula, I get to be a positive example of what running a profitable woman-owned business looks like. For my troops, for my girls, and for myself.