This month the Girl Scouts of America celebrated their 99th anniversary and have been selling Girl Scout cookies for more than 80 years. The Girl Scout Council of Northern Illinois just wrapped up their annual cookie sale.
Girl Scouts and their customers look forward to this time every year. You may even have a favorite cookie that you can’t seem to live without.
Besides the love of cookies, there is a lot to be learned from selling Girl Scout cookies every year. It makes a huge impact on the girls as they find enthusiasm in abosrbing the many lesson to be learned from the sale.
Many women say they found their passion for business by selling Girl Scout cookies in their wagon’s door to door. Times have changed and methods of selling those beloved cookies has followed suit but the life lessons are still the same.
Selling Girl Scout cookies teaches many lessons such as money management, goal setting, sales techniques, marketing, and other essential business skills. These are all important lessons that make the annual event the perfect opportunity to develop the minds of these young girls. It also is a time to teach philanthrophy along with capitalism.
Many troops use this opportunity to give back to their community by using “profits” made by the cookie sale to make positive changes in their communities. This simple concept of giving back a part of the profits drives home the lesson of philanthrophy and service.
Local Girl Scout Troop #393 is one of those troops. For many years now this troop that started as Brownies and is now a Cadette troop has used it’s cookie profits to give back to the community. The founding leaders Lisa Hopp and Pam Giaimo felt it was an important lesson of philanthrophy or tithing for the girls.
Tithing is giving back 10% of your income to the Church or other charities. This concept orginates from the Bible. In their efforts to tithe or give back to their community Troop #393 gave a total of 26% percent of their profit this year back to the Church that graciously welcomes them to meet there.
Studies show that teaching our children to be generous from an early age will dramatically increase the odds that they will become philanthropic, tithe, volunteer their time, or give to charities throughout their adult years. These studies also show that it is easier to teach children to relate to needs of people their own age to help encourage the generosity.
1 in 4 children will go to school hungry today. The girls of Troop #393 feel they blessed and have not been part of that 1 in 4 but they do know children who fall into these statistics. The Westside Church of Christ in Elgin is where the Troop meets. At their meetings the girls have seen that as quickly as the Church food pantry fills up it empties out.
So for the past several years the girls have taken a portion of their “cookie profits” and gone shopping at the local Aldi grocery store. Each group of girls armed with a calculator, notepad, and a budget, gathers items that are nutritional and can feed a family in need.
Back to the church they carry the groceries along with parent volunteers to bring it to the church basement for those who would need it. The girls eagerly stack all that they bought and find happiness in knowing one less child might go hungry tonight thanks to their hardwork.
This year’s annual trip was last Thursday and the girls were eager to fill up the carts. They filled those carts in record time with each group taking a food category and a budget of $75.00. Emphasis was placed on nutrition, how many people could be fed, and how long a product could last. It wasn’t long before the food was in the Church basement. Another successful year of cookie sales and philanthrophy.
Mother Teresa said ” If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one”. Troop #393 found happiness in helping feed a few needy families right in their own community.
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