Three things for Thursday

By Lisa Kaminski; Manager, Community Development

gsCookieHeaderThe cookie sale program will be beginning in just a short time in Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways council. Service unit cookie coordinators have been trained and troop cookie manager training will be taking place over the next few months.

Here are three of the five skills girls learn from their participation in the Girl Scout cookie sale program:

Goal setting – This involves establishing specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-tested goals. Girls have an opportunity to set individual goals as well as work with the other members of their troop for setting troop goals. Sharing goals with cookie customers gives the customer an opportunity to know what their purchase is helping the girls to achieve.

Decision making – Girls get the chance to make good decisions through the process of decided what they want their troop cookie proceeds to be used for, where they might want to have a cookie booth, whether to participate in the gift of caring program, and what rewards they would like to try to earn. There are lots of opportunities to practice decision making.

Business ethics – Girls learn business ethics through the sale when they choose not to begin selling before the sale date, by following the rules of not selling via the internet, by sharing booth sale time slots with other troops, and by making sure that customers the product that they ordered.

For more information on the other skills girls learn through participating in the cookie sale program, as well as general information about the sale, visit the council website at

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