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Girl Scouts of Alaska girls, parents, and troop leaders know that the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls invaluable skills such as goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—aspects essential to leadership, to success, and to life.
One-hundred percent of the money girls raise through the Girl Scout Cookie Program – every penny after paying the baker – stays in Alaska with the council and troops. Cookie proceeds benefit girls across the council by keeping Girl Scouting affordable for all girls; subsidizing the registration cost of GSAK camps; supporting girl programming, curriculum and events; and providing scholarships to girls and troops experiencing financial barriers.
What girls, parents, and troop leaders might not know is that selling cookies is just plain fun! Girls spend time with their friends, earn great items when they reach their sales goals, and attend exciting events centered around the Girl Scout Cookie Program. For example, in January, Mat-Su Girl Scouts attended a Cookie Kickoff Party where they spent the night at the local community center and enjoyed a taco dinner, Cookie Program learning stations, games, community service projects, movies, and more.
One way girls can reach their cookie-selling goals while flexing their creative muscles is through “bling your booth” efforts. Setting up fun, blinged-out booths communicates both professionalism and excitement to potential buyers. Anything fun, bright, colorful, energetic, and creative will attract customers – just be sure to follow the guidelines set by your booth sponsor. Ideas include posters, background music, balloons and tablecloths, a theme, and costumes. You’re limited only by your imagination, so brainstorm with your troop and troop leader creative ideas you would like to implement!
For inspiration, check out Pinterest and what girls in the Girl Scouts of Connecticut council did to bling out their booths.
We want to see what girls across the Girl Scouts of Alaska council are doing to bling out their booths! E-mail us a picture of your booth and include your troop number and the troop leader’s name and contact info. Submissions must be received by 5 p.m Friday, March 28 to be considered. The winning troop will receive a $25 gift card to the GSAK council store (good for store credit only). Submissions will be judged by GSAK staff. The winner will be posted to the GSAK Facebook page by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 2.
With your help, we look forward to a fun and successful 2014 cookie season!