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Wednesday, February 05, 2014 9:00 PM

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LIMA — The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the world, which teaches girls five essential life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics and people skills. To celebrate such a monumental program, this year Girl Scouts has named Feb. 7-8 National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend.

Roni Luckenbill, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio CEO stated, “We’re excited to celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend and share with the community the benefits of Girl Scout Cookie Program, which teaches five essential life skills.”

 

When it comes to skill building, statistics show the Girl Scout Cookie Program works. According to a survey from the Girl Scout Research Institute, 85 percent of Girl Scout “cookie entrepreneurs” learn money management by developing budgets, taking cookie orders and handling customers’ money. Eighty-three percent build business ethics, 80 percent learn goal setting, 77 percent improve decision making and 75 percent develop people skills.

 

Caitlin Puff, a Girl Scout Cadette from Girl Scouts of Western Ohio’s Lima region, agrees that the cookie program teaches essential life skills.

“I have learned so much about business skills and decision making from the Girl Scout Cookie Program. I’ve also learned that I have to work hard if I want to accomplish my goals,” she said.

All the revenue earned from cookie activities — every penny after paying the baker — stays with the local Girl Scout council that sponsors the sale. Councils use cookie revenue to supply essential services to troops, groups and individual girls, such as providing program resources and communication support, training adult volunteers and conducting events. As part of their experience in any Girl Scout product activity, girls can earn official Girl Scout awards at every level of Girl Scouting, including cookie and financial literacy badges and the annual Cookie Activity pin.

“The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the premier entrepreneurship opportunity for girls but it is just one part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience,” said Luckenbill. “Girl Scouts participate in many activities throughout the year and work on many projects. Cookies are just one of those activities. It’s not too late for girls to join Girl Scouting—we want all girls who wish to be a Girl Scout to be able to join. We also welcome adults who wish to make a difference in girls’ lives to volunteer with Girl Scouts.”

A new Girl Scouts of USA marketing campaign reinforces a more contemporary message with the theme, “This Is What a Girl Can Do.” And, for ease of purchase, customers can now find their Girl Scout Cookies using a free app available for iPhone or Android at www.girlscoutcookies.org or can visit www.girlscoutsofwesternohio.org and click on the Cookie Locator banner.

Last Updated on Thursday, February 06, 2014 2:43 PM
 

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