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5 Tips for Selling Girl Scout Cookies

January 6, 2014

Ami P., GSNCCP Girl Board Member

Girl Scout Cookie SaleWhether it is your first year or your fifth year participating in the Girl Scout Cookie Sale, each year is always different and exciting!

As I enter my eighth and final year of selling Girl Scout cookies I thought I’d pass along a few helpful tips things I’ve learned along the way.

Here are my five tips from a long-time cookie seller on how to stay safe, be efficient, and sell a lot of Girl Scout cookies this season!

1. Wear Your Uniform! 

Nothing says Girl Scouts like wearing your vest or sash! By wearing your uniform you immediately let customers know who you are and what you are selling. Personally introducing yourself helps create a comfortable atmosphere and gives you the opportunity to establish a long-lasting relationship with a potential reoccurring customer.!

2. Safety First!

When selling cookies – whether at a cookie booth, during walkabout week or going door-to-door, remember to always put safety first! Make sure you have a parent or adult with you at all times and try to sell with a fellow Girl Scout from your troop or area.

3. Make Recommendations!

If a potential customer shows no interest in buying cookies, recommending a personal favorite may cause them to rethink their decision. Often times, customers will be hesitant on making a choice and would benefit from your help. Make sure you have some handy tidbits of information handy about each cookie. Using these awesome Cookie Sale lanyards (created by Wake 16) is a great way to keep information close!

4. Suggest Alternative Options!

Not all fans of Girl Scout cookies can consume them due to diets, allergies, religious reasons, etc. Although it is important to respect these decisions, you can make suggestions such as Operation Cookie Drop, buying cookies as a gift, or simply making a donation to Girl Scouts to support girls across our 41 counties.

5. Create A Memorable Bond! 

As you sell cookies, create personal bonds with your customers to create customers for life. Making conversation (see tip #1) is a great first step to generating repeat customers. Tell customers why you joined Girl Scouts, what you plan to do with your cookie proceeds, or all the fun you’re having as a way to stand out. Also, writing thank you notes to customers such as friends, family, neighbors, or teachers is a great way to encourage people to buy cookies from you next year and for years to come!

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Citizen Science Series: Building a Rain Garden

December 15, 2013

By Kristin Yerkie, Camp staff

group photo with dirtTen Girl Scouts are participating in Girl Scout – NC Coastal Pines’ Citizen Science series program which focuses on soil science and the impact eroded soil has as a stream pollutant in North Carolina. This fall, the girls have met with scientists and local engineers to learn about causes and costs of erosion while developing their own plan for a rain garden at Camp Mary Atkinson in Selma, NC.

In their first session, the girls met with Amanda “Dirt” Leisch a Soil Science PhD student at NC State University to build their own 3D model of the Leadership Center at Camp Mary Atkinson and the surrounding grounds using kinetic sand. This project allowed the girls to test out different shapes and designs for their rain garden.

The girls then met with wetland scientist from Sepi Engineering, Shawn Clark, fish and wildlife biologist with US Fish and Wildlife Service, JohnAnn Shearer, and conservation incentives program director with NCDENR, Scott Pohlman. The local professionals explained their design and implementation process for the rain garden they built.

The second session brought the girls out to Camp Mary Atkinson where they got down and dirty! Using augers the girls took soil samples of several locations and saw firsthand the different levels of soil that exist beneath the surface. There is an entire history underneath our feet every day and these Girl Scouts certainly had to put all their energy into digging it up.

Session three brought the girls to the research grounds of NC State University. The girls tested which covering would provide the best filtering for their rain garden by using a rain simulator. The next experiment taught the girls about polyachrilamide, PAM for short. This substance is used to assist in the filtering of water by adhering to the particles in the water and making them clump together.

imaging software2The team then got to use state of the art technology in the Tangible GIS Visualization lab. Using the 3D model they had created a couple sessions previously, the kinetic sand and the Kinnect imaging software, they tested which shape would lead to the most filtration and decrease in polluted runoff from the Leadership Center.

During these first sessions the girls learned a great deal about the science behind building their own rain garden. They couldn’t wait for their final two sessions where they would create their final design and submit it to the engineers for approval. They are truly Citizen Scientists in action!

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