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Walk About Week Comes to Girl Scout Cookie Sale

January 1, 2014

By Amy Vitale, Product Sales Manager

walkaboutGirl Scouts today have so many opportunities to sell a box of cookies. This can range from cookie booths to cookie stands in addition to traditional door-to-door sales.

This year, Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines’ Girl Scouts will go door-to-door with cookies in-hand instead of just an order form! By moving to a “direct” Cookie Sale, troops will have cookies earlier in the sale so there no customer preordering is involved.

A Direct Cookie Sale is…

  • less time consuming for Girl Scout families.
  • combines order taking and delivery into one step which is a huge plus.
  • gives girls the opportunity to sell more cookies and earn more proceeds.
  • gives customers instant cookie gratification!

Girls will participate in a new “Walkabout Week” with cookies in hand for direct sales starting Sunday, Jan 19 through Friday, Jan 24. Here are some fun ways girls and troops can participate in the week:

  • Sale on Wheels – loading cookies in a wagon and selling to customers in residential areas with adult supervision.
  • Caravan – Girl Scouts/troops go door-to-door in a residential area while the supervising adults follow in a car with the cookies.
  • Cookie Stand – this is a “lemonade” type stand a Girl Scout can set up on her own property (i.e., in front of her house) to sell cookies as her home owners’ association permits.

Cookie booths are a great way for Girl Scout troops to sell together as a troop activity. Booths on commercial property like shopping centers are a great way to do this and reach a lot of customers. Themed booths are a popular troop activity and include such themes as patriotic booths that focus on Operation Cookie Drop and holiday booths including Valentine’s and St. Patrick’s Day.

But cookie booths don’t just have to be in front of stores. Some of the best cookie booths are set up at local parades and festivals, churches, sporting events, colleges and universities, libraries, or even a drive-thru booth!

If there is a lot of foot traffic, it’s a great location for a cookie booth. Whatever way a Girl Scout or her troop chooses to sell cookies, just make sure it is fun and safe.

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What’s really in a box of Girl Scout cookies anyway?

January 30, 2013

By: Leslie Flood, Chief Business Officer

We all know that each box of Girl Scout cookies is filled with yummy goodness, but have you ever considered what goes hand-in-hand with those delicious treats? The Girl Scout Cookie Program is filled with activities that can help girls build skills for a lifetime. Goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics are all necessary skills for successful leadership – and they are all skills learned while selling Girl Scout cookies.

While participating in the Cookie Sale Program, girls can strengthen their skills by earning special badges that enhance their knowledge of business and teamwork. The Cookie Activity Pin is a great recognition for girls who focus on the activities involved in building the 5 Skills identified as part of the Cookie Sale Program. Girls can also choose from a number of badges from their Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.

Girl Scout Daisies can learn how to make decisions with the Making Choices badge and how to decide what they will do with their cookie proceeds with the Talk it Up badge. The Girl Scout Brownie Meet My Customers badge and the Junior Cookie CEO badge are great in helping girls strengthen their customer and cookie business skills. Girl Scout Cadettes can learn about business and marketing with the Business Plan and Marketing badges. Girl Scout Seniors can learn about keeping and increasing customers with the Customer Loyalty badge, while Girl Scout Ambassadors can learn about credit with the Good Credit badge and even explore how new products are developed with the R&D badge.

Which badges are your girls working on? Have they identified the skills they will focus on in COCO?

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