It never fails- I tell someone I work at Girl Scouts and they respond by telling me how quickly a sleeve of Thin Mints disappears at their house. Cookies are our jam. Girl Scouts and cookies go together like a handful of Trefoils and a glass of milk (am I right?) I love the cookie season because it’s a chance for our girls to get out in the community and tell the world what Girl Scouts is all about!
As your troop is preparing for the sale there are a few things that I HIGHLY suggest you do:
- Work on a Financial Literacy Badge– These badges are available for every program grade level and are geared toward prep for the cookie season so now is the best time of the year for your troop to earn them. You can find the activity plans for them here.
- Talk about Goal Setting– Have girls set their individual goal and decide on a troop goal for packages sold. The girls may want to look through the 2015 Cookie Rewards Kit (available for check out at our Service Centers) or the cookie rewards flier to help identify what they want to work towards. All girls were also mailed a fun poster where they can write down their goals.
- Earn the Cookie Activity Pin– Satisfying the Cookie Activity Pin Requirements as a troop is a great way to prepare for the sale and earn a pin for that work!
- Hold a Family Cookie Meeting– Family meetings are CRUCIAL to having a successful cookie season. It’s a time when you can gather everyone together to discuss expectations, deadlines, goals, rewards, and all of fun that’s in store!
This year Girl Scouts River Valley has FIVE contests that the girls can participate in!
- Red, White, and Booth!
- Cookie Booth of the Week
- Cookie Music Video
- Cookies on the Go
- One Cookie for One Direction
Red, White, and Booth! is the first contest coming up on Presidents’ Day (Monday, February 16). Deck out your troop’s cookie booth with red, white, and blue and promote the Operation Cookie Care Package program where cookies are donated to military men and women. This is a great way for the girls to show their patriotic spirit and creativity.
As a leader you should have recently received a Cookie Booth Kit and 2015 Cookie Program Guidebook from your service unit (if you haven’t received these yet, contact your service unit cookie manager, if you don’t know who that is, contact us and we can assist you). I hope you have found them as helpful as I have—I love when guides “break it down” for me and the kit and guidebook do just that! There’s also great information, printables, videos, tips, and our Cookie Program Training that can all be found under the “Cookie” section of our website. If you’re having trouble locating the information you need, have questions, or need some additional support please reach out!
There’s a multitude of reasons to participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program but I have decided to follow in the footsteps of David Letterman and leave you with the top ten:
Top Ten Reasons to Sell Cookies This Year10. Grandma loves getting a call from her favorite Girl Scout 9. Your Girl Scout will start to appreciate the work it takes to bring home the bacon 8. Fresh air is good for the soul 7. More money for the troop = less money from your pocket 6. The cookie-themed patches, apparel, pins, buttons, and jewelry are super styling 5. Savannah (the cheetah plush reward) is the coziest and cutest stuffed animal you’ve ever seen… 4. Your daughter will perfect the art of a firm handshake 3. Pave the way for your girl to be CEO of a Fortune 500 Company 2. Your popularity will increase around the office because everyone knows you’ve got the cookie “in” 1. Ummm… duh, they’re delicious.
We at Girl Scouts want you to have a FABULOUS cookie season that is stress free, fun for the girls, and satisfies the sugar cravings of everyone’s friends and families! Stay tuned—more posts on cookie fun to come!