Leslie Haskins, who is the co-leader of a troop of eight girls, said that she and the co-leader steadily encourage the girls to go for the gold.
“Every year, we encourage the girls to go out and individually sell cookies,” she said. “We encourage them to sell in the neighborhoods and we always do a cookie safety program.”
Additionally, the troop always holds a booth sale, where they have the opportunity to sell together.
Haskins said cookie sales are important for a few reasons.
“The proceeds from cookie sales go to fund equipment and anything that needs to be done at the camps,” she said. “They also help girls who are not financially able to afford camp.”
Goal setting is an integral part of cookie sales and Haskins said each year, they set a goal.
So far, the troop has collectively sold about 1,000 boxes.
“[Selling cookies] has helped the girls set goals and work on interaction skills with adults,” Haskins said.
Although the skills the girls gain from selling cookies are undeniable, each girl takes something different from the experience.
Kendall Davis, an Ambassador Girl Scout, sold a little more than 300 boxes of cookies last year and hopes to surpass 350 boxes this year.
“My favorite part about selling cookies is trying to reach a new goal each year,” she said. “When it comes to selling things or playing in a game, I am very competitive so I try to surpass my previous goal each year.”
Hayley Gold, a Senior Girl Scout said, her goal this year is 200 boxes.
“I have always loved selling Girl Scout cookies,” she said. “I remember being a Daisy Girl Scout in kindergarten and so jealous that my older sister could sell cookies but I couldn’t until I was in first grade.”
Gold’s favorite aspect of selling cookies is, however, much deeper.
“My favorite part of selling cookies has been the opportunity to send cookies to soldiers overseas,” she said. “I know that we were not the only ones sending the cookies to the soldiers, which I think is just amazing that so many other people had the same idea.”