As you know our service area has raised the price of cookies per box, while others have yet to raise theirs. Other service areas also start sales before our girls. Before sales start an email is sent out with cookie etiquette to the leaders. The idea behind the email is to be respectful of you service area. Other areas have not started to sell so do not take over their area before they get to sell.
So not only has this happened it has also happened with cheaper per box regions selling in our area. Now are these girls in violation of any rules, no, but our girls are now upset due to the fact that not only has someone been selling in this area we are now going to be asked why are yours $5 a box when others are $4.
Now you may say what does your child learn from just another fundraiser? Well there is a big difference. As leaders we do not just hand them the order form and tell them to sell. At meetings we teach them money management. We give them paper money and boxes of cookies and THEY make the sale and make the change. We teach them how to keep inventory as well. They earn badges for this as well as selling the cookies. And as you can see below it is not just an easy project to earn the badges that goes with the cookie sales.
Here are 10 great reasons to support the girls when they sell cookies:
1. The girls set goals and work towards that goal.
2. They are young entrepreneurs. Once they set that goal they figure out a sales plan. How are they going to sell their cookies and where. They take pride in this goal.
3. They are getting out in the community. We are not "exploiting" the girls by having them out in front of the local stores, we have them out in the community making connections. Our troop is always looking for ways to donate our time and making these connections we find needs in the community. I can't count the amount of people who know us just because of girl scouts.
4. Our girls are learning to use their voices. When they sell cookies they are working through any shyness they may have. They know how much per box, what cookies they are selling and if any are vegan or better for diabetics.
5. A big question we get. Where does the money go? So here is the break down
$2.65 goes to the council for activities, volunteer training (yes leaders have mandatory training) and camps. There are tons and tons of summer camps for the kids
$1.16 goes for the cost of the cookies, program material and cookie events
$.19 goes towards the cost of the girls rewards they earn
$1.00 - $.075 goes to the troop
6. The girls learn safety. You will never see a girl scout with out supervision or a buddy.
7. Girls learn how to use the internet responsibly. They have a cookie website they upload a video and picture too. They set their goals on this site as well.
8. Older girls help train the younger. The older girls learn how to be a role model and mentor to younger girls.
9. Besides all the managing of money, setting goals, working hard on a business plan and spending almost 6 weeks working hard they also get to have fun. They get to eat cookies, do fun things with thee money they earn, donate and feel good about giving back to the community, and help make the world a better place.
10. They also learn about the soldiers over seas. Another part of the program is the share a cookie program. Even if you do not like or need the cookies you can donate a box to be sent over seas to soldiers.
So the next time you see the girls out selling remember the real reason behind it. We are not just making the girls "push" cookies for a fundraiser. We are teaching them life skills they can use as they grow up.
If you would like to support our troop here is a link to Bailey's sales: