Talking to families
Girls succeed when families are involved
When families understand the importance of the Girl Scout 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.
Before the cookie season begins, you can help girls plan a family meeting that introduces their parents or guardians to the program. Girls with big goals might want to follow up on their family meeting with a Cookie House Party, and you can provide a blueprint for this fun event that gives girls an opportunity to sell by the case.
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!
1. Girls greet families at the door and take them to their seats.
2. A girl calls the meeting to order and welcomes parents. She introduces the adult volunteer. The adult volunteer discusses the following:
The Girl Scout Cookie Program® helps power new and valuable experiences for girls, and it teaches them these five essential leadership skills:
- Goal Setting: Girls set cookie sales goals and make a plan to reach them.
- Decision-Making: Girls get to decide how her team will spend the cookie money.
- Money Management: Girls learn how to run their own cookie business by taking orders, handling money and creating budgets.
- People Skills: Every new customer a girl meets is an exciting opportunity to gain experience working with all kinds of people.
- Business Ethics: Girls are encouraged to be responsible and honest at every step of the cookie-selling journey.
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.
3) Talk to families about how they can help.
Advise them to return permission forms (Spanish permission form here) and other paperwork in a timely manner, listen to girls as they practice their sales pitch, sign them up for the online Cookie Club™, assist with taking phone orders, take girls to their workplaces for sales, chaperone cookie booths and help to deliver cookies.
Remember: All girls must have a signed parent permission form and be a registered Girl Scout to participate.
4) 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.
Cookie House Party
Girls can invite their family members and relatives to learn why they should buy Girl Scout Cookies® by the case. Talking about their plans and goals encourages their closest customers to support them in a big way.
For resources to support girls as they plan their events, check out the complete Cookie House Party Hostess Guide and visit our volunteer blog page.