GSLPG Intern: Leaving Your Mark!

by GSLPG Intern – Ednisha Lee & Marketing Specialist – Asia Hebert

Every semester we try to find an intern for our GSLPG Lafayette office. We acquire these interns from the Department of Child & Family Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The intern works hand in hand with multiple departments across the council. This semester we have had the pleasure of having Ednisha Lee as our Spring 2017 intern. Ednisha has been a BIG help in working with the Girl Experience, Recruitment, Troop Support, Fund Development, Customer Care and Communications departments.

Now let’s hear from Ednisha to find out what her experience was like and what she has learned about Girl Scouts!

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Girl Scout Leadership Experience

My whole life I really thought Girl Scouts were only about selling cookies and camping trips, but after doing the research I learned that they are much more than that. They are an organization that embodies the true potential each and every girl has. They take pride in leadership and allowing the girls to learn to make decisions that will benefit them and help them grow. The Volunteer Essentials handbook I did read emphasized how these girls participate in the planning of their activities, which then lead to how important the leadership role is among the girls in the organization.

Girls Scout Higher Awards 

The Gold Award recognizes Girl Scouts who are registered seniors or ambassadors and have completed a journey, which is a big yearlong service project the girl puts together and completes herself. I was asked to look up our state representatives so they can write letters to the girls showing their appreciation for the services that they have done in the community. In our district there are three girls who will be receiving the award. After I was given this task I was curious of the benefits of this award so I did a little research. This award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Once a girl has received this award it can open so many opportunities such as college scholarships, higher rank in the military, and being able to stand out on your college or employment application. This blew my mind! I never knew being a Girl Scout had benefits like this.

Cookies

On Friday, March 3rd I got to do a radio interview with KSMB 94.5 about the Girl Scout cookie sales. I hesitated when they asked me if I wanted to go with Brittany (Troop Support Specialist) to the radio station. I was very nervous about speaking on the radio but Brittany gave me a mock interview on the way there. At the station we were being interviewed about the cookie sales and the new technology that will be used for the selling of the cookies. When people think of Girl Scouts they automatically think of the cookies but it is so much more than just cookie selling. These cookie sales help girls learn the 5 skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. The money that the girls earn goes to the troops and the girls get to decide what they want to do with it. This money can be used for a trip, donations to a local organization, or even helping out in the community. All of the hard work that goes into cookie sales demonstrates all of the 5 skills!

Family Fest 

I was asked to help prepare for our Family Fest event. Family Fest is a day where families come and enjoy some of the activities that the Girl Scouts love to do. I called around to businesses asking for donations. It has been cool getting to know how they receive donations and how they get events together. A lot goes into the planning these events and it is awesome getting to be on the planning side of it. I have been helping with Family Fest since the beginning of my internship and excited to see the event come together.

Leaving Her Mark

Before cookie booth sales started Mrs. Keesha had me work on a project where I would call around to universities in Louisiana to see if they would allow the girls to conduct booth sales at the residence halls. Girls Scouts already has a similar program at Northwestern University. In this program, the girls have the opportunity to utilize their leadership skills by running their own booths and partner with residents in programs that focus on empowerment and life skills. I called ULL, ULM, and LA Tech but did not get very far because most of the universities rejected my proposal due to restrictions about solicitations. Two weeks later I received an email back from Ms. Laura Jennings, Director of Student life at ULM. She was more than excited to start this program on ULM’s campus and insisted we have a meeting over the phone. After the phone call I notified Ms. Keesha about the success and she was very excited. This made me proud because I have set up something that will be of great use to this organization, the girls and the booth sales longer after I am no longer an intern here. I left my mark and I am very proud!

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Congratulations Ednisha on your college graduation and thank you for leaving your mark at GSLPG!

Sweet Success: 3 Troops Take the Cookie Season by Storm!

By Troop Support Specialist – Marsha Miller

Everyone has seen an adorable smiling Girl Scout outside at a local business during cookie season. It’s hard to resist their cuteness but then you realize they are also selling your favorite Girl Scout cookies! You give in to the adorable Girl Scouts and buy a few boxes of cookies, but did you know that you’re buying more than a box of cookies? You are giving these girls the opportunities to learn valuable skills, make memories and plan exciting activities with their troop.

Read about 3 troops in the Shreveport area and how they took cookie season by storm:

Troop 147 – This new Daisy troop started out as shy young Girl Scouts but learned how to overcome their shyness in order to have a more successful cookie season. The girls learned to emphasize their strengths and used their adorableness to sell more cookies. These young entrepreneurs learned about money management and business skills during booth sales. If you encountered their booth sale you would hear them say “5 boxes for only $20!”

Troop 249 – The girls of Troop 249 know what it means to have fun and get the job done. With only 9 girls in their troop, they sold over $14,000 in cookie sales! Their leader, Wendy says, “don’t underestimate her girls. These girls learn important skills, life lessons and have a ton of fun doing it”. This troop demonstrates to everyone that it doesn’t matter the size of your troop, you can still achieve high success in your cookie season.

Troop 444 – Selling cookies with troop of 35 girls with varying ages levels can be difficult. Troop 444 found a way to make cookie sales a success for all girls no matter the age. Older girls do not look as sweet as the young Daisies or Brownies, but they have the business skills, drive and determination to get the mission accomplished. Despite the size and age levels of the troop they sold almost $95,000, which is unbelievable! With their money from cookie sales, they have chosen to help two charities that benefit the homeless and have also trip planned to Walt Disney World in 2018.

These girls have demonstrated that cookie season is more than just selling cookies. All three of these troops not only are cookie bosses but have learned skills that will benefit them for a lifetime. What kind of success has your Girl Scout or troop accomplished this year? We want to hear about it!

National Cookie Weekend 2017

By Kim Heckard – Troop Support Specialist 

The cookie business is a serious business which is largely run by all girls. The 2017 Cookie Weekend will mark 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies. Girl Scouts councils across the country will be celebrating this cookie event on the weekend of February 24-26, 2017. This weekend is a special one as all councils join together to celebrate and share our cookie program with everyone!

During National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, girls will be able to sell cookies at booths, door to door, and through Digital Cookie. First, secure your cookie booth location(s) by deciding which of the locations will maximize your cookie sales. Next, check out the Cookie Program Safety Tips for best practices when selling cookies door to door. Lastly, tell your family, friends and cookie buyers to download the Girl Scout Cookie Finder app so they can keep up with where and when you are selling!

Did you know? One hundred percent of the net revenue raised through the Girl Scout Cookie sales stays within your local Girl Scout council to fund program activities and Take Action projects. Girls in troops as well as IRM’s (Individually Registered Members) will decide, using their decision making skills, how their troop cookie money is spent.

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We want to help make this year’s sales the most successful one yet! Here are some great resources to take your booth sales up a notch:

…And don’t forget to purchase your National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend Patch!

 

How will  your troop be celebrating this National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend? Share your excitement by entering our National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend Challenge. First film a video of your troop getting ready for the cookie sale, submit your video to Morgan Hudson at mhudson@gslpg.org, and then watch for your video to make an appearance on our Facebook page!

Oh What a Treat! Tasty Fun Facts

By Brittany Bowie – Troop Support Specialist

Maybe you have been fond of Do- si- dos or your heart belongs to Thin Mints! Each of these delicious treats along with the popular variety of Girl Scout Cookies has a unique origin in the cookie program. As you look to sell them or just eat them, here are some tasty facts you might not know about Girl Scout Cookies.

The first Girl Scout troop known to sell cookies baked sugar cookies to raise funds for their activities in 1917. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, Girl Scouts and their moms in different parts of the country continued to bake these cookies right in their homes. Customers could probably smell sweetness right around the corner!

In 1948, a total of 29 companies were licensed to bake Girl Scout Cookies. Today there are two official Girl Scout Cookie bakers. Little Brownie Bakers has been baking up the delicious cookies provided here in Louisiana.

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Now that we know a little history, let’s get to a stimulation of taste buds:

  • Did you know that Thin Mints are the top-selling cookie in America?!
  • As you take a bite of the traditional shortbread cookie, known as “Trefoil” you would be interested to know that it represents the emblem of Girl Scouts of the United States.  With a special shape mimicking the trefoil plant there are three rounded lobes representing the three-fold promise: “to serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout law.” A cookie baked for deliciousness and symbolism.
  • It’s great to taste the sweetness that each Girl Scout cookie has to offer, but it is more important to know that the purchase of every box of cookie adds to the value of a meaningful leadership experience for Girl Scouts! They are building a lifetime of skills and confidence.

For more fun facts about the Girl Scout cookie program and much more, click here!

Powered by the Girl Scout Cookie Program

By Asia Hebert – Marketing Specialist

100 years ago, an innovative Girl Scout troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma baked and sold cookies to support their service projects. This was the first known Girl Scout cookie sale! Starting with that first bake sale, Girl Scouts have been known for their amazing cookies but even more importantly the projects and activities these use their cookie money on. Our girls and troops continue to benefit from the Girl Scout Cookie Program by setting goals, reaching them and using the funds collected to enhance their Girl Scout journey.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led entrepreneurial business. Girls that participate in the program are cookie entrepreneurs that develop five essential skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Research* shows that 2 out of 3 girls (66%) that participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program are actively developing all five skills.

By participating in and/or purchasing Girl Scout cookies you are allowing Girl Scouts to participate endless girl-led experiences. These experiences include camp and outdoor exposure, STEM related activities, community service projects, domestic and international travel opportunities, Girl Scout higher awards (bronze, silver and gold awards) and lasting memories with their troops!

Want to learn more about “Powered by the Girl Scout Cookie Program”? Watch Girl Scouts USA’s PSA!

Amazing Experiences for Girls: Powered by the Girl Scout Cookie Program from GirlScoutsUSA on Vimeo.

What are you planning to do with the money earned from this year’s cookie sale? Let us know! 

*Research statistics: cookieoutcomes-2016_final

Cookie Troop 100

By Asia Hebert – Marketing Specialist

Looking for a way to add some excitement to this year’s cookie sale? If you attended any of our cookie trainings you may have heard about GSUSA’s Cookie Troop 100. This is an added twist on last year’s Bling Your Booth contest. So how can you participate?

1. Set a troop goal and share the plan for your cookie money– what cool stuff will you do to improve your community this year?
2. Earn a Cookie Business badge– you can take your pick!
3. As a troop, ask 100 NEW customer to buy cookies.
4. Bling Your Booth. Gather your troop and get those creative juices flowing to come up with a fun theme. Just remember to snap a cool photo!

We already know about the great ways you have used your cookie money in the past so why not share this year’s plan and have a chance to earn more money to help complete your projects! While planning out your goals for this cookie season, set out to sell cookies to 100 new customers to celebrate 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies. Your last step is to bling your booth. Maybe you’ve done this in previous years, but this year really step up your game and get creative! Once you’ve completed all the steps, submit your entry to GSUSA.

One lucky troop from EVERY council around the country will win $100 each to put toward their awesome cookie Take Action or service project. And one VERY lucky troop will win $3,000 to super-power their project!

Ready to get to work? You have from now until April 30 to submit your entries!

Have any questions? Check out the Cookie Troop 100 FAQ.