February 8 Is National Girl Scout Cookie Day

Girl Scout Cookie Glasses
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Today is National Girl Scout Cookie Day… a celebration of the world’s largest girl-led business. Go Cookie CEOs!

This selling season, for the FIRST TIME EVER, the Girl Scout cookies we all love (too many to name, but Samoas are at the top of our list) have a perfect partner… their very own specially designed Girl Scout Cookie Glasses for your favorite cookie eating beverage of choice.

The set ($12), available starting this month from Girl Scouts of the USA, includes two glasses, one for each of the most iconic Girl Scout cookies: Thin Mint and Shortbread.

The message on the back of each glass sums up the 5 essential skills that every girl who sells cookies gains from being a part of the Girl Scout Cookie Program: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, business ethics. They are “Building a lifetime of skills and confidence.”

Happy dunking!

  • Jean B.

    I salute Girl Scouts everywhere! I realize that selling cookies is a great fund raiser. Having been a troop leader for 11 years, I do, however, find fault with the wording on the back of the glasses. The Girl Scout organization should have omitted the words “cookie program”. It should have just read Girl Scouts: “goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, business ethics”. Including the words “cookie program” insinuates that these skills are only gained by selling cookies. In reality, it is the aim of every troop leader at EVERY troop meeting and camping experience to instill these skills in the girls. That’s what the program is all about – not just selling cookies!

  • Jen Jones

    I was a Brownie and a Girl Scout and I remember cookie season being filled with all sorts of excitement. I’d have to set a sales goal and then figure out who I was going to try to sell to in order to reach that goal. Then I would take my “longer than my kid arms”, fold-out order sheet and start my door-to-door sales mission, hitting the houses on and around my block (with my mom following a safe, but unnoticeable distance behind… as my personal security, if you will). Then I’d also place calls to my relatives who didn’t live close by and take their orders by phone. Filling out the order form and the subsequent cash transactions were always my favorite parts. 🙂 A few weeks later, I’d then have to fulfill all the orders and make deliveries. It was all very satisfying, but could also be disappointing when me and my cute little sales pitch got a “NO”, which did happen. Can anyone say, “important life lesson”?

    It would also be a major bummer when the girls whose dads worked in BIG offices (not many moms worked back then), would get their order sheets completely filled and then some, in a single day. Most of the time, the dads did all the work and just took the order sheet with them to work. As my father did not have a “normal” office job and my mom ran a business from home, a BIG wave of single location/single day sales executed by someone else were not part of my cookie reality, so I never earned the “Top Seller” title. In retrospect, this was a REALLY good disadvantage to have.

    I cherish all of the invaluable skills I learned from being a part of the Girls Scouts, in general, and their cookie program, but I would urge parents of any current Girl Scouts to NOT sell the cookies for your kids. It’s certainly fun to be “Top Seller”, but it takes the merit and learning experience away from the girls if you do it all for them.