Skills Girls Learn Through Selling Girl Scout Cookies

By: Kim Dunne, Media Manager

cookies newWith National Girl Scout Cookie Day on Friday I thought this would be a great opportunity to take a closer look at the 5 skills that girls learn through selling Girl Scout cookies.

  • Goal Setting – Girl Scouts set cookie sales goals individually and with her troop, creates a plan to reach that goal and develops cooperation and team building skills all along the way.
  • Decision-Making – Girl Scouts help to decided how her troop will spend their cookie money furthering her critical thinking and problem solving skills that will help her in many aspects of her life.
  • Money Management – Girl Scouts take cookie orders, handle customers’ money and gain valuable and practical life skills around financial literacy.
  • People Skills – Girl Scouts learn how to talk to, listen to and work with all kinds of people while selling cookies. These experiences help her develop healthy relationships and conflict resolution skills she can use throughout her life.
  • Business Ethics – Girl Scouts are honest and responsible at every step of the cookie sale. Her business ethics here reinforce the positive values she is developing as a Girl Scout.

So buying Girl Scout cookies does a whole lot more then just bring money in. Girls are running the largest girl-led business in the country, learning skills that will last a lifetime, and having fun! Not to mention the proceeds, after paying the baker, stay local! Girls will do incredible things in their communities and have experiences they would otherwise not be able to have.

When you see Girl Scouts out selling cookies this year remember that you are supporting her and helping her become a leader!

Booth sales begin February 16. Find sales close to you by visiting

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