Serious fun - serious skills.
Nearly 70% of US Senators and 58% of female Members of Congress were once Girl Scouts — as were about 80% of all female American entrepreneurs. And for many of them, the cookie sale was a major learning event.
The Girl Scout Cookie Sale helps councils and troops generate much-needed revenue. The money raised can help the girls experience new things like trips and camping, but the real experience is the sale itself. As girls set goals and work toward them, they meet new people, get to know each other, and foster the skill set that could eventually help them become politicians, businesspeople, and successful adults!
You’re the key to making this happen — so keep reminding them about the 5 Essential Skills (listed below). Recognize milestones, and encourage girls to share their experiences with each other. As a volunteer, you’re not just a leader — you’re the architect of their future success.
Through participation, girls develop The 5 Essential Skills that last a lifetime:
- Goal setting
- Decision making
- Money management
- People skills
- Business ethics
Many of today’s successful women got their leadership start by selling cookies. In fact over 60 percent of women leaders in the United States were once Girl Scouts! News anchor Katie Couric, labor leader Linda Chavez-Thompson, and Mrs. Fields® Cookies founder Debbi Fields are but a few on the long list of amazing women who were part of this longstanding tradition.