A new Girl Scout Cookie Season is just around the corner and with that comes a new cookie season mascot! This year, big sister Hannah the Hedgehog and her little sister Hallie the Hedgehog will be representing Girl Scouts River Valley.
You might be thinking: what does a hedgehog have to do with selling cookies? I’ll tell you why they’re a perfect fit!
Here are three facts about hedgehogs and how they represent Girl Scouts in the best ways:
Hedgehogs are unique!
In case you’re not familiar with the hedgehog, they are furry-faced mammals with spines (hard, needle like structures) running down their backs. There aren’t too many animals out there with spines, making them very unique to the animal kingdom.
Girl Scouts are unique too! “Be You, Be Yourself!” is what we’re all about here at River Valleys. We want our girls to have fun, meet new friends, and make differences in their communities, all by using their unique talents and skills. When girls sell cookies, they are encouraged to be creative in the way they advertise and promote their cookies to their customers. No two cookie booths look alike here at River Valleys!
Hedgehogs know how to persevere!
The hedgehog’s diet consists mainly of insects and small animals. They root for their food, being patient to sniff out tiny insects and dig them up from under the ground.
When girls are selling cookies, they set goals. Maybe they want to sell a certain number of cookies to help pay for camp, purchase badges in the shop, or receive that really cute Hannah the Hedgehog stuffed animal. We don’t always meet our goals, but we teach our girls that it’s about the effort we put forward in our cookie selling (and in other aspects of our life) that’s most important. Selling cookies teaches our girls how to stay focused and keep going when they have a goal that’s important to them.
Hedgehogs are known for their non-aggressive personalities!
Hedgehogs are not the type of animal to attack when they are being bothered by another animal. Instead, they will roll up into a tight ball and stick their spines straight out, making it hard for the other animal to come any closer and bother them.
Selling cookies is really fun. Girls get to set goals, earn money for their troop, and hang out with their friends. But sometimes, selling cookies can be hard. You might become tired after a long day at a cookie booth or have a difficult customer who asks a lot of questions. Through selling cookies, our girls develop strong people skills by working with others and interacting with the community.
So there you go! Three ways you can be like Hannah and Hallie the Hedgehogs this Cookie Season! Happy selling!
Liz Hasty – Liz works with Silver Awards and runs our Swim Team and Robotics Camp in the summer. With a BS in Environmental Science and a MA in Education, Liz spent eight years as an educator teaching at nature centers for Three Rivers Park District, Dakota County, and Springbrook Nature Center (just to name a few!) before joining Girl Scouts River Valleys. When she was growing up, her family moved frequently, so she loved knowing that there was always a Girl Scout troop for her to join with new friends to be made wherever she went.