Buying Girl Scout cookies investment in seller's future
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Six years ago, I walked into a library in Currituck with my kindergartner by my side, wondering what on earth I was about to get myself into. The library was hosting a recruiting event for the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast and I was fairly certain I wanted no part of it. But my daughter did, so I reluctantly signed up for an organization that would inevitably change my life.
Within a month of signing my youngest daughter up, her older sister decided she, too, wanted to join. I didn’t have a clue what Girl Scouts was and suddenly I had a Brownie and a Junior and we were coming in on the tail end of what is known as “cookie season.” It was absolute chaos in the best possible way and we met two amazing troop leaders who brought my girls in, made them feel at home and showed us the ropes. It only took me a year of being a parent volunteer before I decided I wanted to be a troop leader as well. With the help of some amazing moms and dads, we started Troop 365 in Moyock. Over time and through word of mouth, we went from a Brownie troop to a multi-level troop that includes girls from grades 5-10.
We learned very quickly that “cookie season” is an all-encompasing entity that absorbs a vast amount of our time from early January through the end of March. It requires so much work, not just from the girls but from the parent volunteers. The dedication these girls have to this program is astounding. They give up their weeknights, weekends and any amount of free time they can spare walking door to door, working booths and even designing “Blinged Out Booths” to aid the advertising of their mission. When a person buys a box of cookies, they are getting a tasty treat, but these girls are getting so much more. They are developing the skills they need to become leaders, to look at a problem and figure out how to solve it. They are learning how to advertise, how to develop an idea, how to manage their time, and how to manage their money.
Every box of cookies sold is a step closer to a girl achieving a greater goal. Whether it is to save up for a trip, a party, a community service project, a donation to their favorite charity, or a special badge, these cookies are a gateway to something bigger. So the next time you walk by a booth and see a girl wearing a vest and smile, remember that you are investing in more than a nostaligic treat. You are investing in a young woman who can take pride in her hard work. You are investing in a future leader. You are investing in an organization that will continue to provide opportunites, adventures and education to a new generation of amazing women.