Give back with Girl Scouts

The rumor is true: Girl Scout cookies are here. Since Feb. 12, Girl Scouts, young and old, have been selling delicious cookies for four dollars a box. In the Dubuque Area, they are selling the following cookies: Thin Mints, Caramel deLights, Peanut Butter Patties, Shortbread, Trios (Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie), Cranberry Citrus Crisps, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Thanks-a-lots, and Lemonades.

These enchanting cookies are sold door to door in neighborhoods or outside local stores. Girls get excited to obtain their individual selling goals. In the process, they build five life and business skills: goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics. The girls set how many boxes they wish to sell and how they will reach this goal. They also collect and count money as well as perform customer service by interacting with buyers.

In addition to these skills, they are fundraising for major events. For every box they sell, a dollar goes back to the bakers and three dollars go to the council and individual troupes. Some troupes travel to Science and Art Museums or save up to go to places like Disneyland or Europe. Others use the money for summer camps or to help local charities.
With all these skills and experiences, cookie season sets girls up for success to become stronger and smarter leaders for the future.

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