5 Skills and the Girl Scout Leadership Program

#1 Goal Setting
I know I can do it!
We’re all about trying new things and having fun, and selling Girl Scout cookies is about both. Girls work together to set team goals for the season—perhapsCarmel deLite to donate to local community projects, complete community service, or go on an adventure. Participating in the cookie program is great for girls – but what they do with their proceeds can be even greater.

#2 Decision Making
I make smarter decisions!
When girls sell cookies, they make their own decisions, such as how many boxes they want to sell.  The troop agrees on what they want to do with their cookie proceeds, which means talking it out and negotiating group decisions. They figure out how to solve problems when they arise. Their decisions matter.

#3 Money Management
I make change happen!
Girls learn to handle money responsibly and carefully count change. They count it out twice, so they know they are totally right.  And they know each box sold is one step closer to their goal.

#4 People Skills
Girls get a lifetime of confidence with every box! Girls meet many new people with selling cookies. They get really good at chatting with them about how they do more in Girl Scouting than just sell cookies. They earn money to achieve the goals set by their troop and go great things for themselves and the community.

#5 Business Ethics
Selling cookies is more than just a business!
Girls learn to make business decisions during the cookie program. They practice being customer-service friendly, being fair and honest with their customers, and meeting or exceeding goals.

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Girl Scout Cookie Program for Juliettes

cookie timeThe Girl Scout Cookie Program has grown into a leading business and economic literacy program that is run by and for girls. The Girl Scout Cookie Program provides an important ingredient for leadership by helping girls develop five key skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics.

Your most important function in preparing for the Girl Scout Cookie Program will be the time you spend with your Girl Scout. Through the cookie program, even the youngest Girl Scouts gain self-confidence and poise by learning how to greet customers and offer cookies for purchase.

A direct sale format provides your Girl Scout with more opportunities in sales and troop profit. Girls earn Cookie Dough and recognitions throughout the entire program, including during cookie booths. This means that girls will earn more Cookie Dough and recognitions and parents/guardians will save lots of time—only one transaction is required when girls have cookies in-hand! Returning to customers’ homes after an order has been placed is now a thing of the past.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is a great responsibility – it could not happen without you. We are confident you will find the experience to be both enjoyable and rewarding. Thank you for your support and dedication to the success of the program.

Please take time to thoroughly review the 2015 Juliette Cookie Guide. This guide will inform you of the many new improvements to our program and will answer most of your questions. Also, please don’t forget to complete the Parent Permission Form for your participation.

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How Do Cookie Proceeds Benefit Girls?

The Girl Scout Cookie Program   is vital to GSCI’s mission of building girls of courage, Cookie Booths confidence, and character.

How the Cookie Crumbles – $4.00 per box

  • $0.54 per box – troop profit and bonus
  • $0.24 per box – girl recognitions
  • $0.96 per box – cost of sale
  • $2.26 per box – girl and volunteer services

Funds raised through the Girl Scout Cookie Program help pay for many aspects of Girl Scouting:

  • Keeps camp affordable by subsidizing the registration cost
  • Supports the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, which includes girl programming, curriculum, and events
  • Provides grants to girls and troops with financial barriers, so that Girl Scouting is available to all girls
  • Provides volunteer training and materials

Girls also earn proceeds for their individual troop, which are used for troop activities and service projects within their communities.

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Not Just a Box of Cookies

There’s more to Girl Scout cookies than what’s in the box. When a Girl Scout sells you cookies, she’s building a lifetime of skills and confidence. She learns goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics – 5 skills essential to leadership, to success, and to life.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program has grown into a leading business and economic literacy program that is run by and for girls. By putting her mind and energies to something, a Girl Scout can overcome any challenge. There are no limits. She can be anything. She can do anything.

A Direct Sale format will provide your troop more opportunity in sales and troop profit. Girls will earn Cookie Dough and recognitions throughout the entire program, including during Cookie Booths. This means that girls will earn more Cookie Dough and recognitions and parents/guardians will save lots of time because cookies in hand means just one transaction. Returning to customers’ homes after an order has been placed is now a thing of the past!

The day girls will have cookies in hand for the Cookie Program will be February 13, 2015. Cookie booths will start February 13, 2015.

Cookie Varieties- $4.00 per box

  • Thin Mints
  • Shortbread
  • Peanut Butter Patties
  • Peanut Butter Sandwiches
  • Caramel deLites
  • Lemonades
  • Thanks-A-Lots
  • Cranberry Citrus Crisp

Introducing Our New Cookie Trios – Gluten-Free Cookie – Limited Supply

Trios is a cookie with chocolate chips nestled in a gluten free peanut butter oatmeal cookie. The new Trios are $5.00 per box.

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10 Reasons to “DIVE IN” to GSCI Fall Products with this Year

  1. The Fall Product Program is a great way for troops to earn money early in the Girl
    Scout year. This is especially true for new troops who need start-up supplies. There are
    numerous ways that your troop can earn money through Fall Products:
  • The troop earns $1 for every nut or candy item sold.
  • The troop earns $2 for every address book that a girl fills out completely.Fall Product postcard2014-print-1
  • The troop earns $2.50 for each magazine subscription or photo keepsake sold.
  • Girls can earn “Nutty Bucks” to spend at the nearest Trefoil Boutique on Girl Scout items or programs OR girls can earn fun prizes as they sell more and more items.
  1. Family and friends can now order online and HAVE THE PRODUCTS SHIPPED TO THEM! This year, girls are offered tons of online sale options. If a troop or family wants to, they can participate in the Fall Product Program completely online this year. Not only do girls get to create a custom webpage to sell products to friends and family, but they can also track their goals, send e-mail reminders, and post sale links to an adult’s social media account. Based on last year’s sales, girls who created a custom page were more likely to have higher sales. Family and friends can even shop an expanded online store with access to 600 magazine subscriptions, 25 nut and candy options, and 5 gift tin items.
  2. Girls will learn and develop five essential life skills: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills, and Business Ethics.
  1. Troops in which each girl participating sells $250 worth of products ($1,250 minimum total) will earn a free night at Camp SOAR, our new camp property!
  1. There is a new option for family and friends to purchase customizable photo keepsakes. People who purchase the keepsake will be able to customize their own photo books, calendars, greeting cards, and more! There are even exclusive Girl Scout themes that can be used on the keepsakes. Each photo book will also come with a digital copy to keep on your phone or tablet.
  1. Fall Products make wonderful holiday gifts for teachers, neighbors, friends, and co-workers.
  1. There are 16 gluten-free nut and candy items available through the digital Fall Product store. Troop customers can shop online to browse a wide variety of items, 16 of which are gluten-free. There are dairy-free and kosher items available as well. Each item is clearly marked for the dietary need it caters to.
  1. The Adopt-a-Soldier Program. Girls are able to sell nuts and magazine subscriptions that will go directly to a soldier serving our country overseas. State farm’s Adopt-a-Soldier program will add these vouchers and nuts to the care packages that go out to military troops in war zones. Girls who sell five or more items for the Adopt-a-Soldier program will earn a special “share” patch.
  2. Online games and activities for girls. Girls can visit http://www.whatcanagirldo.org to play games relating to the 5 essential life skills taught through the Fall Product program. Girls can learn about customer appreciation, target markets, people skills, decision making, money management and budgeting, teamwork, manners, goal setting, and being environmentally friendly. Girls can also take an adventure down the river with our mascot, Otto the Otter.
  3. Finally, how stinking cute is the otter mascot this year? A fun fact from nature.org: river otters are actually land-bound most of the time! Their tails help them to balance and they can run up to 18 miles per hour.

To learn more about the Fall Product Program, visit the GSCI product activity website or contact your council service center. Troops can “dive in” and sell from October 3 through October 24, 2014.

Kristen Redmon
Membership Specialist
Girl Scouts of Central Illinois

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Help Your Girl Shine!

Here are five ways you can give your girl with her confidence and relationship skills a boost as she heads back to school:

  1. Let her know it’s ok to put her hand up. Encourage her to speak up when she needs something, and when she has something to say.
  2. Model good communication skills. Good communication skills and the ability to find common ground with others will help her both inside and outside the classroom.
  3. Show her that doing good can be fun. There’s value in helping others. You’ll both get a sense of satisfaction, and she’ll feel pride in your accomplishments.
  4. Encourage her to step outside her comfort zone. It’s never too early to share examples of girls and women who aim high or have entered careers where women are few and far between.
  5. Back her up. When she puts her hand up, asserts herself, or takes the lead, let her know you’re proud of her and will support her.

Need some help with all this? What she does outside of school can set her up for a happy, fun, and productive school year…and beyond.

A recent survey of 3,500 parents, caregivers, and volunteers conducted by Girl Scouts of the USA found that Girl Scouts helps girls build exactly these kinds of skills.

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Nine out of ten parents surveyed said that participating in Girl Scouts has:

  • Been a positive activity for their daughter
  • Made their daughter happier and more confident
  • Helped her make friends
  • Let her try new things in a fun, exciting environment
  • Provided a safe, beneficial all-girl environment

All those new experiences and adventures can help with the nuts and bolts at school too. She’ll know she’s having fun and new adventures every time she’s at Girl Scouts, but you’ll know she’s gaining:

  • Important financial literacy skills as she participates in the largest girl-run business in the world—the Girl Scout Cookie Program
  • Skills that will help her in science classes as she builds robots, conducts fun experiments with her friends, or explores the natural world around her
  • Healthy relationship skills that will help her throughout her life, particularly in middle school and high school
  • Leadership skills that will make it easier for her to speak up in class

Need more? Find out how Girl Scout program for girls at every age level dovetails with national and state core curriculum standards. Register your daughter for Girl Scouts today!

Can’t wait to get started? Check out a list of fun activities you can do with your daughter today!

 

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Girl Scout Volunteer Appreciation Week

Volunteer: a person who does work without getting paid to do it. Merriam-Webster 58340tmakes the word seem easily interpreted,as if it’s the most simple concept.  But at Girl Scouts, we know that volunteerism is not so easily interpreted, and it seems like all the money in the world would not be enough payment for the job that our AMAZING volunteers do!

For well over 100 years, Girl Scouts has relied on the steadfast help of moms, aunts, and grandmothers to fill the roles of volunteer troop leader, cookie mom, carpool organizer, service area leader, and the many, many other jobs filled each and every year by you – our volunteers.  Most recently, we have been blessed with an even larger pool of dedicated volunteers who come from all walks of life and may or may not be related to our very thankful members. Whether you are the mom committed to seeing your daughter create the same phenomenal troop memories of camp and cookies that you may have experienced as a girl, a dad dedicated to help teach your daughter the value of taking great care of our environment, or the employee of a local bank helping to ensure that our members understand the importance of goal setting and the value of a dollar, we recognize that we are not the only potential recipient of your very valuable time, and for that, we say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! We couldn’t do it without you. The staff of GSCI and I want you all to know just how much we value the time, talent, and treasures you give to us and our membership. You are appreciated more than you will ever know!

Pam Kovacevich
CEO, Girl Scouts of Central Illinois

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Cookie Recognitions

GSCI offers an empowering recognition program that affords Girl Scouts the opportunity recognitions 3-9to make a variety of choices. Through this recognition program, the girls will follow a decision-making process that includes goal setting, product choice evaluation, and making purchasing decisions based on what they earned.

Troop recognition orders need to be placed by April 10 once the last box of cookies is transferred from the troop to the girls! Also, please make sure to place a “reorder” for any Operation Cookie Share donations the girls receive. Once the reorder is placed, those cookies will be in the troop cookie totals, and you can transfer those cookies from the troop to the girl so she receives credit for them.

If a girl sells at least 5 Operation Cookie Share boxes, she will receive an OCS patch. Please note that if she earns that patch, when you run the recognition report, you will enter a “1” in the box for the OCS patch, not the number of OCS boxes she sold. For instructions on how to place your recognition order, please view page 27 in the Troop Coordinator Guide or watch the video tutorial.

Please contact your local Program Specialist with any questions!

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Girl Scout Cookie Program Builds a Lifetime of Skills

LemonadesDid you know the Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-run business in the world? The Girl Scout Cookie Program produces $790 million dollars in annual sales with 200 million cookie packages a year to more than 50 million customers. For three months of each year, Girl Scouts around the country venture into the entrepreneurial world to learn business and financial skills and earn money to fund their Girl Scouting goals. Through “learning by earning,” Girl Scouting aims to empower girls through the development of five essential skills: goal setting, money management, people skills, decision making, and business ethics.

In the spring of 2012, the Girl Scout Research Institute set out to understand the extent to which Girl Scouts actually develop these five essential skills, as well as to examine the specific ways girls benefit from their participation in the Cookie Program. Survey responses from more than 1,400 Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors representing various regions of the country provided compelling evidence that girls do benefit from the Girl Scout Cookie Program through development of these essential skills.

A Positive Impact on Girls’ Lives

Girls who developed the five skills were more likely to report that they learned new things while selling cookies that will help them in school and other areas of their life than girls who did not (93% vs. 63% respectively).

Overall, 96% of girls reported that selling cookies was fun. Learning by earning made it even more fun. Girls were more likely to report cookie selling as fun when they developed the five skills than when they did not (98% vs. 90%, respectively).

Even though the vast majority of Girl Scouts were eager to sell cookies next year (95%), those who had achieved the five skills were even more eager than those who did not (95% vs. 90%, respectively).

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Girl Scout Cookies – Out of the Box

Eco-friendly packages preserve great taste!

Wondering why our Lemonades™ Thanks-A-Lot®, and Cranberry Citrus Crisp packages look a bit different?  They’re part of our eco-friendly packaging initiative!

In 2010, ABC Cookies took the Thanks-Eco Cookie BoxesA-Lot Girl Scout cookie “out of the box.” This single change allowed us to save 150 tons of paperboard from going into America’s waste stream. And we were able to ship more cookies per truck, saving an estimated 2,600 gallons of diesel fuel a year.

The move showed girls the impact one single action could have on the environment and helped position Girl Scouts as an innovative, earth-friendly enterprise. And the public relations mentions about this change contributed to a 5 percent average increase in overall sales per council.

Due to the positive volunteer and consumer response, ABC Cookies has expanded their repackaging of Lemonades and the new Cranberry Citrus Crisp in recyclable film for this cookie season! This will result in a combined reduction of 600 tons of paperboard into the waste stream.

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