Girl Scout Cookies :: Why My Daughter Loves Selling Them
It’s Girl Scout Cookie season! Presales last through Feb 4th, and then you’ll find Girl Scout Cookies Booths popping up every weekend in March! You can find your closest cookie booths here! For many this brings great joy & so much nostalgia. For others, they avoid them like the plague. Despite your feelings, I’d love for you to remember these are young girls selling. Please avoid denying because of weight, or food guilt, or how they’ll go straight to your thighs. Remember these girls are in formative body image years and they don’t need the weight of adult’s body issues to complicate their already complex lives. Simply decline, or offer to donate to the military!
I now have 2 Girl Scouts selling cookies. One has been a Girl Scout for six years now (she’s a Cadette Girl Scout) and a new Scout on the block (she’s a Daisy Girl Scout). Me? I’m a veteran Girl Scout, having gone Daisy to Senior in my own day, and now serve as a Girl Scout Troop Leader. Girl Scouts is about SO much more than cookies — it’s just what we’re most known for to the average person! Girl Scouts is all about teaching girls to be leaders!
My girls have learned so much from selling Girl Scout Cookies.
Selling cookies has boosted their self-confidence & people skills, particularly in speaking to adults. They can tell you exactly WHY they are selling cookies, what their troops are wanting to do with the proceeds and often then things they’ve already done. Girl Scouts has given my girls so many opportunities. My Cadette’s troop has funded countless camping trips (many that they planned), hiking, horse weekends, sleeping on the USS KIDD, touring & sleeping at a dolphin rescue center, spending the night at the BREC Baton Rouge Zoo, they’ve learned campfire cooking, planning events, touring the LPB Studios, touring Celtic Studios, first aide training, babysitter training, you see where I’m going here.
Not only has she had the privilege of all the experiences, she has gotten to do this along a group of Girl Scout sisters — forming bonds that will last for years. On top of that, they’ve funded most of these trips all on their own! They are currently planning, budgeting, goal setting for a bigger trip of white water rafting!
Which leads me to another great aspect of selling Girl Scout Cookies, the girls learn how to budget and set goals; money management. They can track previous years income, how far they stretched it. As they get older they literally plan their trips. Our girls have priced Air BNB’s, gas, groceries, and multiple white water rafting companies to see how much they really need to raise. They now pay close attention to our meeting crafts & how they can be reused in order to save even more money.
Not only are the girls making big decisions, they’re setting goals based on those decisions.
Girls set individual goals alongside their troop goals. Last year, my oldest really got bit by the bug! She made epic videos for me to post (as she doesn’t have a device or social media), but she knows I’ll only post when she asks. Some of her videos got as many as 3K views! She busted her tail selling to everyone we knew, taking advice on new locations to try, and attending every booth sale possible. She made it to 1,000 boxes. One thousand! She was so proud of herself! The best part? The girls were all really proud of each other!
If you’d like to follow along with my girl’s sales, feel free to follow me on insta: @trixerelixer. They love making hilarious sales videos sandwiched between their goals and what Girl Scouts means to them!
That being said, remember to be nice to those girls! Support them or not, but be kind & uplifting. Don’t comment on your weight, just say “No thank you.” And maybe, just maybe, give them a smile as you pass their Girl Scout Cookie Booth!