Cookies: Decision Making


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 decision making skill, they’ll be saying:
“I make smarter decisions.”
“When I sell cookies with my Girl Scout forever friends, we make our own decisions, like how many boxes we want to sell. We all have to agree on what we’ll do with the money, which means talking it out and being okay not getting our way sometimes. And we have to figure out how to solve problems, like what to do when one of the girls is sick and can’t help out. Our decisions matter.”

Girls decide where and when to sell cookies, how to market their sale, and what to do with their earnings. This matters because girls must make many decisions, big and small, in their lives. Learning this skill helps them make good ones.

Go-getter troops are preparing for cookie season now by making decisions about when, where, and how they’ll market and sell their products. Will she do door-to-door sales (“walkabouts”) and sell to family and friends? Will she utilize the Digital Cookie platform to reach her goals even faster? And will she set up cookie booths to explode her sales and exceed her goals?

Pro tip: Experienced cookie business leaders should start reaching out to cookie customers now to let them know that cookies are coming, the different ways and times she’ll be selling them, and get an idea of how many they’d like to buy.

Because your Girl Scout helps decide how her team will spend their cookie money…

  • She can decide how to use her babysitting money—spend some, save some, give some to those in need.
  • As she grows up, she’ll know when and how to give back to her community.

What important decisions do you want your Girl Scout to be prepared to make, now and in the future?