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MACEDONIA, OH -- As the celebration of the first known sale of Girl Scout Cookies in 1917 rolls on, Troop 50250 comprised of girls from Amherst, Elyria, Lagrange, Olmsted Falls, and Wellington continues to exemplify the five essential skills that are taught by the Girl Scout Cookie program: decision making, goal setting, people skills, money management, and business ethics.
It all started with a plan, according to troop leader Shannon Miller. “The key to our success is planning, networking, and keeping [things] fun and easy to attend,” said Miller, who has teamed with Bretta Dunlap to create a true Girl Scout experience. All of this success, according to Miller, is due to learning about S.M.A.R.T goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely), which as paved the way for plenty of triumphs. “We learned about networking. We talked about how business in today’s world us expanding -- it’s not just door-to-door sales in the real world anymore,” she said. “People are using media in business, conference calls and Skype to hold business meetings.”
Using that particular business model, the girls were divided into two teams, the “advertising team” and the “inventory team”. “Under the guidance of leaders, the girls literally sorted all 2,400 boxes of cookies that came in our order,” said Miller. “The girls worked in teams to sort the cookies, then had to go back and audit the orders to ensure all the numbers were correct…the girls all stayed very engaged and on-task.”
But it didn’t stop there.
Decision-making and money management -- two key aspects to a successful business model in the real world -- were emphasized when the girls were tasked with planning a holiday party for the troop and their families. “It started off pretty extravagant, but when I put a dollar amount to everything, they changed their direction,” said Miller. “They ended up planning a potluck…I could not be more proud of how the girls handled themselves!”
The troop has also participated in a multitude of projects that give back to the community. “Last year we toured Family Promise of Lorain County (an organization that brings shelter, meals, and support services to families without homes) and Friendship Animal Protective League,” said Miller. The girls, impacted by both of those experiences, decided as a group to make a $500 donation to each charity. The girls have also decided to selflessly use a portion of the proceeds from cookie sales this year towards next year’s registration to help ease the financial burden on the parents, according to Miller. “Our parents are AMAZING, they are supportive and work so hard to help us out, so I felt they needed a reward too!”
Troop 50250 is one example of how all of the amazing experiences girls have in Girl Scouting are empowered by the cookie program. Girls have fun while also learning entrepreneurial skills and developing a lifelong sense of responsibility that creates leaders. At Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, we are excited to recognize the hard work the girls put into this program!
For more information, please contact Kristina Markovic at 330-983-0127.