Girl Scouts Describe the Benefits of Selling Cookies


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Thin Mints. Those two word probably made you think of the annual Girl Scout Cookies, an American classic that is a hit year after year.

A common misconception was that Girl Scout Cookies easily sold to everybody, but in reality, the girls worked hard to sell to their customers and get them to indulge into the tasty treats. Sophomore Lauren Ohler talks about who she sells to.

“I mostly sell to my friends and family, and then sometimes my neighbors,” Ohler said. “We also hold cookie booths where we sell to on goers walking into the grocery store. Especially when we are in Bellaire, we sell a lot of boxes and it really helps us.”

All of the Girl Scouts work towards one goal. Sophomore Lauren Mcauliffe described why she and her troop sold the cookies.

“I sell Girl Scout cookies because it makes money for our Girl Scout troop.” Mcauliffe said. “We get a percentage of the money from each box we sell and during our senior year, we use the money we made throughout the years to take a trip. My older sister’s troop went to Puerto Rico for a week and they zip lined, snorkeled and did other things that I hope to do with my troop in a couple of years.

Girl Scout cookies have always been a it in American families. Sophomore Reagan Kimzey talked about why she bought them.

“I buy Girl Scout cookies because my family and I think they are delicious and I really like being able to support my friends,” Kimzey said. “My family and I probably bought eight boxes of Thin Mints and Caramel Delights, our favorites.”

People also tend to buy Girl Scout cookies during the season versus other cookie brands in the few months that they are available. Ohler described what she observed throughout her 11 years as a Girl Scout.

“I think people definitely buy more cookies from Girl Scouts when we are selling,” Ohler said. “Personally, I would rather make homemade cookies than get store bought cookies during the year, but my family and I also love Girl Scout cookies since they are so much better than regular, store bought cookies.”

Different Girl Scouts also sold different amounts of cookies every year. Mcauliffe discussed how she managed to sell around 200 boxes yearly.

“I do not advertise too much because everyone has already heard of Girl Scout cookies and there are so many Girl Scouts that many people already have a certain girl that they buy from every year,” Mcauliffe said. “My grandmother actually sells a lot of my cookies for me, probably around 75% of them, and I have a couple of people who make big orders who I have been selling to since I was little.”

Most people also generally liked certain types of cookies that they stick to every year. Ohler described what she saw consistently from buyers.

“Most people either like the chocolate ones such as Peanut Butter Patties, Thin Mints, or S’mores. Or they like the fruity ones without chocolate including Lemonades and Shortbreads,” Ohler said. “I think all of them are pretty good but I mostly stick to the chocolate ones and my favorites are probably Thanks-A-Lots or Peanut Butter Patties.”

Overall, Girl Scout cookies benefited the confidence and the friendliness of the Girl Scouts selling them. Ohler talked about what she learned through selling Girl Scout cookies.

“I have really learned about business and just how it works,” Ohler said. “Also, I have become more confident with adults and talking to them, and I have a better understanding of how professional interactions work.”

Mcauliffe continued to discuss the personal benefits of participating in Girl Scouts.

“It raises all of our self-confidence when we have to go up and talk to random people,” Mcauliffe said. “It also helps us become more outgoing and more comfortable with conversing with grown ups.”