If your daughter is in a Girl Scouts troop, she’ll most likely be getting ready to start selling cookies soon. The Girl Scout cookie business is the largest girl-led business in the U.S., and your daughter has a lot to learn from this experience! It is also a great way for her troop to earn a little extra spending money. I am a Girl Scouts Junior troop leader, and my scouts love this time of the year. Here are some tips for you to follow as the parent of a Girl Scout getting ready to sell cookies:
Set a Sales Goal
Your daughter’s troop has probably set a group goal for how many cookies they want to sell. But you can also help her set her own individual goal for how many cookies she wants to sell. It’s about having a balance between being realistic and being ambitious. Have your daughter think about things like how many people she knows in the neighborhood and family and friends who may want to buy from her. If she sold cookies last year, look at that number, and maybe set the goal a little higher this year.
Go Over Safety Rules
One of the biggest safety rules to know when selling cookies is whether or not you need to be with your daughter if she is selling cookies in the neighborhood. Find out from your daughter’s troop what the rules are for your area. Even if your daughter is considered old enough to sell cookies on her own, use your own sense of judgment on whether or not she is ready to do so. And even if you are accompanying your daughter during cookie sales, make sure she knows several safety rules: never give out any personal information, never enter a neighbor’s house unless you are with her, and she should hand the money she receives to you for safekeeping. For more safety rules, check out this link.
Practice Selling Cookies
A few practice sales with family and friends will help build up your daughter’s confidence when selling door-to-door, especially if this is her first year selling cookies. Have her go through a few practice runs, doing everything from introducing herself as a Girl Scout, showing the customer a list of available cookies, answering any questions her customers may have, taking down the order, and giving change.
Know Your Cookies
Before going out to sell cookies, go over the different kinds of cookies with your daughter. Knowing the basics of each flavor will help your daughter assist her potential customers in making a decision and may help boost cookie sales. For a younger girl scout, you can make out a “cookie cheat sheet” with a list of basic customer requests and which cookies fit those requests, along with basic facts about the cookies that may be interesting to customers. For example, on the sheet can be listed which cookies are peanut-free, which are lowest in calories or fat, and which are the best sellers. An older Girl Scout can work on trying to commit these to memory. Check out the Girl Scouts’ website’s “Meet the Cookies” page for information on each cookie.
Talk About What She’s Learned
After selling cookies, talk about the different things she’s learned. Going over her sales sheet, she may notice that certain cookies sold much faster than others, or that she received more orders on the weekend than on a weekday. Noticing things like this helps improve your daughter’s business sense and helps her improve her techniques for selling. She can also draw up a graph to present her findings to her troop. Doing these things can help toward earning certain badges, as well.
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