Can you believe the holiday season is upon us? We can’t either! Another very important season is sneaking up on us too – cookie season! The 2015 Cookie Program will begin on January 1, 2015. Are you ready? If not, we’ve got all the “sweet” details for you.
This past Saturday, Service Unit Product Sales Managers (PSMs) gathered at GSKSMO headquarters to learn the ins and outs of the upcoming Cookie Program and get a head start on planning.
Regina McCullum is a long-time volunteer. She was a troop leader for seven years when two of her daughters were Girl Scouts. She currently serves as the PSM for Leavenworth, Ft. Leavenworth and Lansing, Kansas. Even though she has seven years of experience in this role she came to the training because she said there is new information to learn each year.
One thing that was reiterated at the training is something that Regina believes in strongly.
“I like that it’s a girl-led program. It’s not just about selling cookies. It’s about girls learning the same skills they would use if they were in business. And that’s a big deal,” Regina said.
Regina is referring to Girl Scouts learning “The 5 Skills:” Goal Setting, Decision Making, Money Management, People Skills and Business Ethics – all of which they can experience while participating in the cookie program.
Regina’s top cookie program tips for troop leaders are:
1. Information and communication with parents / caregivers is key
2. Attending trainings is one of the best things you can do
3. Refer to the Cookie Program handbook and website for answers and ideas
Cookie trainings for troop leaders are taking place during the next two weeks. You can register now to be sure they are trained and ready to go when it’s time to start selling!
If you’d like to volunteer for the Cookie Program like Regina there are lots of opportunities to help. You could help girls develop skills that will last a lifetime.