Seriously, who doesn’t love Girl Scout cookies? With options like Lemon-Ups, Shortbread Trefoils, and Caramel deLites, not to mention everyone’s favorite Thin Mints and the new Toast-Yay!, it’s hard to resist buying a box or two. And these are just a few of the types of cookies available.
Being so popular, you’d think that selling Girl Scout cookies would be an easy task. But the truth is, these girls work hard to meet goals. That includes going door-to-door, standing outside of grocery stores, and of course, talking to family members and friends.
Girl Scouts of America
Established on March 12, 1912, by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah Georgia, what started out as an idea turned into a worldwide success. Today, roughly 2.5 million girls are members of this organization. It’s not only offered here in the United States but also in Mexico, Switzerland, England, India, and Africa.
As a member, girls perform various tasks to earn badges. Each one of these helps to mold a young child into a productive and caring adult. Among the various tasks … selling cookies.
Most of these young girls have great connections. So, while they still have to work hard to sell the volume cookies needed to reach their goal, they know where to turn. But what happens when you don’t have that same opportunity?
You see, some girls live in shelters, which makes selling cookies even more challenging. And it’s not all about having fewer contacts. Some of these young ladies come from domestic violence situations that caused damage to their self-esteem, drive, and trust.
A special group
Well, there’s one group of Girl Scouts who live in a homeless shelter in Council Bluffs, Iowa that wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of reaching a cookie sales goal. Even though some of these girls come and go, they remain a strong and determined group. They had a plan.
Started almost three years ago, this particular troop of Girl Scouts typically has between six and eight members. Thanks to excellent support and mentoring, they’ve learned how to face life head-on. And that applies to their attitude when it comes time to sell cookies.
The leader of this Girl Scouts troop shared that these girls will stop her in the hallway, wanting to know when they can start selling again. She stated, “One thing is for sure … the scouts are excited.”
To the girl’s delight, the time to sell Girl Scout cookies finally arrived this year. So, eager to reach their goal, they got to work. But what they accomplished blew everyone away.
Working toward their goal
These girls didn’t just do their job half-heartedly … they went into the sales mode full force. Keep in mind, their goal for 2021 was 1,000 boxes. But they surpassed that by a mile.
No, this Girl Scout troop didn’t sell the 1,000 boxes aimed for. Instead, they sold over 26,000 boxes. Yes, you read that correctly, 26,000… unbelievable.
Beaming with pride
When the girls’ troop leader tallied the numbers, she said she “couldn’t wrap her head around it.” How in the world did a small troop living in a homeless shelter do what they did? Well, they were smart.
Sure, they sold cookies in person but they also took advantage of the internet. Marketing the cookies online, orders began to pour in. If this is how these young ladies tackle selling Girl Scout cookies, just imagine what they can accomplish in life.
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