- Families & Volunteers
Girl Scouts demonstrate their Cookie Smarts during successful Cookie Program
Many of the Girl Scout super sellers had attended the council’s Smart Cookie U event in January, where girls learned goal setting, marketing strategies, sales tips, and other financial literacy skills, which are integral part of the Cookie Program.
“Participating in the Girl Scout Cookie program is very rewarding for girls, because not only are they learning important skills, they are earning money for their troop’s activities as well as supporting Girl Scouting in southeast Louisiana,” said Alisha Moore, Vice President of Sales at Girl Scouts Louisiana East.
Another side benefit are the cookies that are donated through the council’s Gift of Caring and iGive programs, where customers pay for cookies for troop-selected, community organizations and non-profits. Over 13,000 boxes of cookies were donated through Gift of Caring to nearly 200 local organizations like food banks, firefighters, police, and hospitals, with a significant number of cookies going to military men and women serving overseas. This year the council also distributed over 6,000 boxes to Blue Star Mothers, the Second Harvest Food Bank, and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank though the iGive program.
While it is the participation in the Cookie Program that provides troops their funding for troop activities, trips, and community service projects, girls also received individual recognitions such as patches, T-shirts, and basketballs with some top awards including electronics, cookie dough, a free week at resident camp, Chuck Taylor Converse, and a “Diva Destination,” for girls who sold 500 + boxes, where they select which destination(s), i.e. museum, restaurant, or other entertainment opportunity being offered. Girls who sold 750+ boxes were also invited to a “Cookie CEO” event – a day at Gulf Island Waterpark in June.