By: Kylie Pierce, Troop Leader in Rome
At Girl Scout Daisy Troop 20449, we’re super excited about our upcoming cookie sale! It’s the first time selling cookies for many of the girls. We’ll be at our local cookie rally and have our own little cookie party before the kickoff on February 1.
I have to admit, when I was in kindergarten and first grade, setting business goals was the farthest thing from my mind. I am so proud to be able to work with young girls to lay the foundation for prudence and goal-setting throughout their lives.
You may be wondering, what does the Girl Scout Cookie Program have to offer Daisies, the youngest of Scouts? Fortunately (and excitingly!) the answers are numerous.
1) It gives girls the opportunity to set their own goals and achieve them.
Perhaps it’s the Cookie Activity Pin, a fun “My First Cookie Sale” patch, or to be a top cookie seller. Maybe it’s to meet new people. The greatest part is that all goals are valid goals, and the girls can accomplish anything that they wish. In addition, they can use their “Cookie Dough” for almost anything scout-related. The sky is the limit, and as leaders, we get to help make it happen! Girls also get the opportunity, through learning about the cookie program, to earn their Count It Up leaf, which can be fun in itself.
2) It’s a great opportunity to teach young girls essential financial skills.
Did you know that the Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-run business in the world? Though some financial concepts are difficult to grasp at such a young age, girls often know just what they want. Our girls want to take trips and have experiences. They want to do things that take financial resources. Fortunately, we can aid them in linking their desires to cookie goals, laying the groundwork for problem-solving and motivating themselves to achieve great things.
3) There are plenty of opportunities to work together and help one another.
Through participation in the program, girls know that, in addition to their own goals, they can work together to help the troop in their mutual successes! Through the Talk It Up leaf, girls work together to make their troop funds go where they will make the biggest impact. Some troops use their Cookie Dough to support charity, or participate in public service projects to benefit their communities.
4) Who doesn’t like Girl Scout Cookies?
It’s amazing to realize how many people look forward to Girl Scout Cookie time. Friends and family have come out of the woodwork! I make it a point to explain to them the goals of the program and the benefit it offers to the girls. It makes their cookie cravings sound downright virtuous! It’s also fun to hear from former Girl Scouts that we will meet during the sale. Cookie stories abound about Girl Scout fun and fellowship, and it makes us aware of our cookie and scouting heritage.
If you’d like to join us, track me down! I’ll be the one with the “I love Girl Scout Cookies” bumper sticker and a car full of Daisies.