5 Skills

What do girls do in the Cookie Program?

They “Earn and Learn”—they earn funds for their Girl Scout activities while learning key skills that will help them in business and life. The 5 Skills apply to all Girl Scouts who participate in the Cookie Program—regardless of how they participate in Girl Scouting. Below are the 5 skills and why they matter.

  • 5-skillsGoal Setting: Girls set sales goals and, with their team, create a plan to reach them. This matters because girls need to know how to set and reach goals to succeed in school, on the job, and in life.
  • Decision Making: Girls decide where and when to sell, how to market their sale, and what to do with their earnings. This matters because girls must make many decisions, big and small, in their lives. Learning this skill helps them make good ones.
  • Money Management: Girls develop a budget, take orders, and handle customers’ money. This matters because girls need to know how to handle money—from their lunch money to their allowance to (someday) their paycheck.
  • People Skills: Girls learn how to talk (and listen!) to their customers, as well as learning how to work as a team with other girls. This matters because it helps them do better in school (on group projects, on sports teams, and on the playground) and, later, at work.
  • Business Ethics: Girls act honestly and responsibly during every step of the product sale. This matters because employers want to hire ethical employees—and the world needs ethical leaders in every field.

Learning these invaluable skills poises Girl Scouts to excel in life. Many successful business women and community leaders say they got their start selling Girl Scout products.

For more information specifically for adults working with girls, and parents, check out 5 Skills for Girl Toolkit. Click here to view in English and here to view in Spanish.

Click here for more GSUSA Product Activity Resources.