Talking to families
Girls succeed when families are involved
When families understand the importance of the Cookie Program, they give it their full support and help girls do everything it takes to be successful. As a volunteer, you play a key role in helping families understand the importance of the Cookie Program. Hosting a family cookie meeting is a fun and easy way to give girls the tremendous advantage of family support.
The family cookie meeting
Encourage girls to plan the family meeting, play leading roles and make it fun for everyone with games and songs. Let girls take the stage and inspire their families with their exciting goals!
- Girls greet families at the door and take them to their seats.
- A girl calls the meeting to order and welcomes parents. She introduces the adult volunteer.
- The adult volunteer discusses the following:
- In addition to being a money-earning project, the Cookie Program is a unique and valuable way that Girl Scouts learn five skills that are core to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. These skills are:
- Goal Setting as she sets cookie sales goals and makes a plan to reach them
- Decision-Making as she decides how her team will spend the cookie money
- Money Management as she takes orders and handles customers’ money
- People Skills as she learns to talk and listen to all kinds of people while selling cookies
- Business Ethics as she is honest and responsible every step of the way
- The Cookie Program supports all of the girls in the local council and makes it possible to provide girl programs, low-cost council events, training, resources and support for adult programs.
- Families can help by returning permission forms (Spanish permission form here) and other paperwork in a timely manner; listening to girls practice their sales pitch; signing them up for the online Cookie Club; assisting with taking phone orders; taking girls to their workplaces for sales; chaperoning cookie booths; and helping to deliver cookies.
- Girls take turns explaining the group’s goals. They may wish to share songs, projects or games.
- A girl thanks everyone for coming and says good-bye.
Some generous families may request to write a check rather than participate in the program. Explain to families that writing a check deprives their girl this opportunity to build lifelong skills that are core to the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
Remember: All girls must have a signed parent permission form and be a registered Girl Scout to participate.