Monday, February 24, 2014

‘Bling your booth’ to boost cookie sales, have lots of fun, and win prizes!

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!         

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Gearing Up for the 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Season

What do goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics have in common? They are aspects essential to leadership, to success, and to life, and they are acquired through participation in the Girl Scout Cookie Program!

Cadettes unload cookies

One-hundred percent of the money girls raise through the Girl Scout Cookie Program – every penny after paying the baker – stays with the council and troops. Girl Scout cookie sales fund programs, camps, and activities for Alaska's girls. Along the way, girls discover fun and friendship and acquire the values that will guide them along life’s path.

“The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl financial literacy program in the world,” GSAK CEO Sue Perles said. “One of the most important lessons you can teach a girl is how to set a challenging goal and reach it. The cookie program allows girls to set two kinds of group goals: What can we do with our cookie money to help others, and what can we do with our cookie money for fun and learning? Girls also set personal-learning goals, such as money-management skills or business ethics. Nationwide, an incredible 80 percent of women business owners were Girl Scouts. Our alumnae are living proof that what we teach girls today impacts them tomorrow."     

Girls earn recognition items and cookie credits, which can be applied toward a girl's camp registration fee. What’s more, the Girl Scout Cookie Program benefits 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 grants to girls and troops experiencing financial barriers. 

Girl Scout Cookies are an icon of American culture. For nearly 100 years, Girl Scouts, with the enthusiastic support of their families, have helped ensure the success of the annual sale. From its earliest beginnings to its current popularity, selling Girl Scout Cookies has helped girls have fun, develop valuable life skills, and make their communities a better place. It’s a time-honored program that works!

If you want to know more about cookies, ask a Girl Scout - she would love to give you the scoop!

Barbara Knaak serves as the Chugiak/Eagle River Service Unit cookie manager. She also leads a Cadette troop. Barbara initially got involved with the Girl Scout Cookie Program four years ago because there was a need, but she has stayed involved “because the rewards are awesome. My daughter, who’s now in eighth grade, sold nearly 250 boxes of cookies last year so she was able to go to camp. Our troop used the money to attend Encampment. When the girls earn the money themselves and then figure out what to do with it, it empowers them and boosts their confidence.”

Barbara’s daughter, Janna, has Prader-Willi syndrome, which causes developmental and cognitive delays. “Selling cookies is really good for her,” Barbara said. “I don’t even take the order form to work – she calls my friends and co-workers herself. She has to tally up the total boxes of cookies, figure out who’s paid and who still owes her money. Janna will sit there all day selling cookies. It puts her out there. I’ve seen it with the other girls too – once they find their groove, they excel.”   

2014 booth sales will run Feb. 28-April 6 in select communities 

2013 Cookie Facts
  • 2,725 girls in our council sold Girl Scout cookies
  • Girls in our council sold more than 500,000 boxes of cookies
  • Last year’s top-selling individual was an Anchorage girl who sold 3,138 boxes of cookies
  • Last year’s top-selling troop was a Mat-Su troop that sold 12,725 boxes of cookies
This year we are selling the “Super Six” cookie varieties: Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, and Savannah Smiles. Thin Mints are the top-selling Girl Scout cookie in America, while Samoas are the top-seller in Alaska.