Because we are still in “the cookie season” we thought you may be interested to know that girls who participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Activity more than likely will become entrepreneurs in their lifetime! Some 80 percent of women entrepreneurs were Girl Scouts. Some may say this is a coincidence. However, we don’t believe this!
Preparing girls to become leaders is what Girl Scouts is all about. We can proudly say that more than two thirds of the female members of Congress and an incredible 80% of women business owners were Girl Scouts.
So what is it about the Girl Scouts that really makes it a success in building leaders of tomorrow?
After decades of successful selling of Thin Mints, you’ve got to realize that this is business training! Hundreds of thousands of girls each year participate in the Cookie Activity program that teaches girls about goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. Girl Scouts understand all the business concepts related to this activity including inventory control – how many boxes to sell, marketing – door to door sales, cookie booths, social media and mobile uses, customer satisfaction, and reaching their set goals – as well as surpassing them.
Girl Scouts learn cooperatively. They are taught to work together to identify and solve problems or obstacles in their way. The same goes for business. Successful business leaders rely on support from others inside and outside their organization.
One of the largest and most successful component of being a Girl Scout is community service. Giving to others. Girls learn to be socially responsible from the very beginning. Community Service has long been a major focus of Girl Scouts. It’s even written into our Mission Statement. “Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.”
Go For It Attitude
Girl Scouts encourages girls to believe in the “just-go-for-it” attitude. The new GSUSA CEO, Anna Maria Chavez, has set an ambitious goal for Girl Scouts – to help close the gap between men and women in leadership positions within one generation. She has proclaimed 2012 The Year of the Girl!