Regional Girl Scouts attend ‘Cookie University’
‘Cookie Season’ starts Jan. 31
–On Sunday, Jan. 19, over 60 Girl Scouts gathered at California Polytechnic State University for Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast’s 2020 Cookie University. Girls from San Luis Obispo County and beyond came together to learn about what’s new for the upcoming sale.
Through hands-on and interactive stations, they focused on the 5 skills of the Girl Scout Cookie Program: money management, decision making, people skills, business ethics, and goal setting.
Participation in Cookie University earned Girl Scouts a 2020 cookie activity pin, a Cookie U patch, and they completed steps towards their Financial Literacy and Cookie Business Badges.
Each year, Cookie University prepares girls with leadership and self-development skills, provides tips for the upcoming season, and gives girls a chance to meet and connect with their fellow scouts. New this year, girls broke out into smaller, age-specific workshop sessions where they explored topics such as teamwork, marketing, sales skills, financing, and more. The majority of workshops were led by current Cal Poly students studying in fields such as finance and marketing, who worked with girls to present an elevator sales pitch by the end of the day.
“The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world,” said Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast Council CEO, Tammie Helmuth. “It teaches our girls what it takes to be successful, providing them with the skills that businesses need in their employees and the world needs in their leaders. When you support your local Girl Scouts, girls learn that they accomplish any goal they set their minds to. Ask cookie sellers about the Smart Cookie app and you will be amazed at the tools they have to run their cookie business!”
Girl Scouts will officially begin boothing sales on Friday, Jan. 31. This year’s cookie menu includes traditional fan-favorites such as Thin Mints, Caramel deLites, and Lemonades, along with the new Gluten-Free Cookie: the Caramel Chocolate Chip. Girl Scouts will also be waving goodbye to the beloved Thanks-A-Lot cookie after this season. To locate a cookie booth near you, download Girl Scout’s Cookie Finder app. For more information visit girlscoutsccc.org/cookies.