While participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Program, girls aren’t just having fun and helping customers stock up on delicious treats (although that’s certainly the case!). Girl Scouts are also developing critical skills essential to their success both now and in the future: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.
Plus, girls are never too young to start practicing the 5 Skills. Leader Julie K. of Troop 4326 shared how her Daisies are putting the lessons they’re learning into action.
Goal Setting: Girls set cookie sales goals and, with their team, create a plan to reach them. Girls need to know how to set and reach goals to succeed in school, on the job, and in life.
Our very young Girl Scouts began goal setting by looking at the list of cookie season rewards. At first glance, all the girls were intrigued by the number “1000” and the possibility of a trip to Disneyland but they were very mature in their reasoning that this was also a big job for their parents in terms of supporting their girls in their efforts. They gave careful thought about the time and effort it would take to sell that many boxes of cookies, and the many other responsibilities their parents already had. For now, they’re mostly working toward 100 boxes per girl.
Decision Making: Girls decide where and when to sell cookies, how to market their sale, and what to do with the earnings. Girls must make many decisions, big and small, in their lives. Learning this skill helps them make good decisions in their future.
Our girls choose many different paths for this season, from enrolling in the Digital Cookie platform to doing walkabouts in their neighborhood, reaching out to customers, and boothing. The desire to reach their goals influenced their decisions—as well as their compassion for others, as many girls have promoted Gift of Caring to help those in need.
Money Management: Girls develop a budget, take cookie orders, and handle customers’ money. Girls need to know how to handle money—from their lunch money to their allowance to (someday) their paycheck.
Our Daisies do not handle the money in the cookie transactions just yet but in our meetings, we have made exchanges using “play” money to prepare for next year when, as Brownies, they’ll be more involved in that process. We’re exploring options for charity work with a portion of our profits.
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. Exceptional people skills help girls do better in school (on group projects, on sports teams, and on the playground) and, later, at work. Our girls are by nature outgoing, personable, articulate, and inquisitive. When our customers came up to the booth to ask which cookies the girls liked, they were honored to give their opinions. For example, they spoke about how S’mores are connected to camping, based on their own experiences by the campfire.
Business Ethics: Girls act honestly, responsibly, and follow the rules during every step of the cookie program. Employers want to hire ethical employees—and the world needs ethical leaders in every field.
When your Girl Scout has learned the 5 Skills of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, she’ll be poised for success in her future career. When employers interview job candidates, they all look for the same things: someone who can set goals and meet deadlines, work well with others, understand customers, and influence others, as well as someone who is honest, trustworthy, and reliable. This is true no matter who the employer is! In short, Girl Scouts is where tomorrow’s leaders get their start.
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