Cookies: Business Ethics


Our cookies are on a mission: to help girls learn five skills that are essential to leadership, to success, and to life.

Skill #1—Goal Setting
Skill #2—Decision Making
Skill #3—Money Management
Skill #4—People Skills
Skill #5—Business Ethics

When girls have mastered the business ethics skill, they’ll be saying:
“Selling cookies is more than just business.”
“The other day at the cookie booth I made my friend’s mom laugh really hard and she totally forgot her change. I made sure she got it back. She was so impressed she bought another box of cookies. Now I’m even closer to reaching my goal for robotics camp.”

Girls act honestly and responsibly during every step of the cookie sale. This matters because employers want to hire ethical employees—and the world needs ethical leaders in every field.

Go-getter troops are preparing for cookie season now by role playing sticky situations that might come up throughout the cookie program. Families sign and submit a cookie program permission slip, that outlines the families commitments and responsibilities for accurately managing inventory and finances.

Pro tip: Experienced cookie business leaders should share advice and expertise with younger Girl Scout troops by collaborating for booth sales or helping a troop earn their Cookie Activity Pin.

Because your Girl Scout is honest and responsible at every step of the cookie sale…

  • Her friends, classmates, and teachers count on her and think of her as trustworthy.
  • She’ll develop excellent references for when she looks for her first job or applies for college.

What do you hope your Girl Scout is honest with you about?


  1. Are there more quotes from girls about practical examples of business ethics in action during cookie sales that I can share with my Daisies? Thank you.

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