Saturday, February 1, 2014

Girl Scouts: Cookies and Confidence!

Happy Weekend!  It's hard to believe we're onto the second month of 2014, it seems like Christmas was just a moment ago.  

Back at the turn of the New Year, I resolved to connect with confidence.  This mantra/motto is beginning to make a noticeable difference in my life.

Connect with confidence is a fitting motto for the Girl Scouts this time of year.  Did you know that Girl Scouts Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business program in the world?

Disclosure: while compensated by GS USA through Mom It Forward Blogger Network to help promote Cookie Season, these thoughts & opinions are my own:     





"Girl scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place."

What a fantastic mission!

They are reaching their mission, too.

Girl Scouts encourages young ladies from ages 5-17 to learn new skills, set and reach goals, work as a team, explore new ideas, learn financial planning, entrepreneurship, leadership, and much more...

All skills I hope my baby Josey has when she's a young woman.





The annual cookie sale focuses on building these five important skills in participating Girl Scouts:


  • Goal-setting
  • Decision-making
  • Money management
  • People skills
  • Business ethics

My mom, the awesome librarian, recommends this lovely picture book for a history on Juliette Gordon Low and the beginnings of the Girl Scouts and their traditions:



Did you know the sale of Girl Scout Cookies to finance troop activities began with the Mistletoe Troop in Muskogee, OK, who baked and sold them in the high school cafeteria?  They started the tradition in 1917, five years after Juliette Gordon Low started Girl Scouting in the United States.  1917 is the same year Jeannette Rankin took office in the US House of Representatives, and women's suffrage movement was in full force.   Go Girls!




  

  • Purchases of Girl Scout cookies will give these young ladies a chance to attend one of many amazing Summer camps.  By selling 1000 boxes, each girl earns a free week at camp.  
  • Plus, all funds raised benefit the local troop directly after baker's costs are paid.  
  • Check out these four amazing opportunities available to Girl Scouts!  Space Academy?!?!  I would have loved that opportunity in my middle school years.  
  • Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) opportunities for girls.  





Cookie fans everywhere can join the world’s largest virtual cookie party in the upcoming week! This year, Girl Scouts USA has partnered with Improv Everywhere, a New York City–based creative collective, which will lead the NYC cookie premiere party event where consumers can get their photos snapped on the green carpet, meet their local #cookieboss, and stock up on their favorite Girl Scout Cookies.  I love Improv Everywhere and look forward to following along as they team up with the girls!  All leading up to the National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend: Feb 7-8. Get involved here!  





In Montana, the Girl Scouts will be selling these delicious varieties:

Thin Mints
Samoas
Tagalongs
Trefoils
Do-si-dos
Savannah Smiles

plus, in select markets this year, the Girl Scouts will be demo-ing their new Gluten-Free chocolate-chip shortbread.  You know I'm excited about that!  Hopefully, they'll be available in MT next year.



Don't know or live by any Girl Scouts?

Keep your eyes peeled for a Girl Scout Cookie Booth from March 22-April 13

OR

Download the Girl Scout Cookie Finder App, and find your #cookieboss!





Keep up with & learn more about Montana Girl Scouts:



Want to become more involved in Girl Scouts?  
Get started here.

Wishing the best to all the MT Girl Scouts embarking on their big fundraiser.
Connect with confidence, girls!  




{Photos via Girl Scouts of MT & WY

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