Girl Scout Cookies: Teaching Girls to be Sharp Cookies
Beginning in 1917 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, as a bake sale, the Girl Scout Cookie Program has grown to become the premier business and economic literacy initiative in the U.S. for girls in grades K–12. Through this sophisticated leadership program, girls learn valuable life and business skills including: goal setting, public speaking, teamwork, brand awareness, responsibility, and money and time management.
The essence of grassroots entrepreneurship, girls participate in running their own business. Even the youngest Girl Scouts gain poise and self-confidence by learning how to greet customers and make cookie sales, and the value of cooperation by working with other troop members to set goals and follow their plan.
Girls also learn the rewards of a good effort. Girl Scout Troops use the cookie money they raise to finance troop activities including: camps, service projects, exciting educational field trips, and other leadership activities.