The Girl Scouts of America have been around for a long time. The first troop was formed in March of 1912. The organization was founded by Juliette Gordon Low. While at CES, I met some Girl Scouts, they had their own booth which I was not expecting to see, but there is a good reason for this. So I inquired to find out more and they brought me up to date on what they are doing these days.
Digital Cookie (not to be confused with your browser’s cookies) is the platform the Girl Scouts use these days to manage their cookie businesses. It includes a website and iOS and Android Apps. These young ladies are learning important real world skills that have real relevance in today’s world. Since the Girl Scout cookie business is now being handled by pretty sophisticated software the girls are being exposed to, and quickly learning a skill set that will surely serve them well as adults. They will be better prepared when they enter the job market or go into business for themselves.
Young people have an enormous capacity for learning, which in this case is demonstrated by just how fast these girls have learned the software and the business concepts that make a company as well as an individual successful. Digital Cookie provides selling tips as well as ordering. The software provides everything one needs to run a cookie business but at the same time it is a unique learning tool where kids learn by doing. The software is fun and the girls seem to enjoy using it.
As entrepreneurs in the cookie business, these girls learn essential skills like:
- Goal setting
- Decision making
- Money Management
- People skills
- Business ethics
The girls learn to work as a team, accomplish common goals, and solve problems. It also builds their confidence and prepares them to be leaders.
The money Girl Scouts earn from selling cookies is well spent on things in their communities like helping animal shelters, feeding the homeless, raising awareness about important causes, and more.
Avery, a Girl Scout Cadet from Oakland, CA was kind enough to introduce me to Digital Cookie in this video.
Support your local Girl Scouts. Buy some cookies!