The Girl Scout Cookie Program is quickly approaching! Girls will begin taking pre-orders on Jan. 7 and booth sales will run from Feb. 16 to March 20.

But how can you help a girl learn lifelong skills like goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics? Here is a list of ways to buy Girl Scout cookies, from their perspective, that help girls build these skills:

  • Say hi! It builds my confidence.
  • Look me in the eye. This also helps build my confidence and says, "we’re ready for business."
  • Let me know if you are, or were, a Girl Scout. It means a lot seeing what we can become.
  • Please don’t call me cute. We’re running the largest girl-led business in the world. That’s not cute, that’s incredible!
  • Ask about our inventory. It’s my responsibility to explain what we have and make sure you get exactly what you ordered.
  • Ask where the money goes. Our team decides where our money goes. We do great things. Ask us!
  • Let’s talk money. When you hand us money, it’s about more than making change. We learn to set up a budget and how money can do good in the world.
  • Ask us why we’re Girl Scouts. We make friends and learn we can do anything.
  • Notice our new package design. We’re sharing our story of what we do today.
  • Let us know how we did. Selling cookies is hard work, and it’s a new thing for a lot of us. Feedback helps us get better and grow into leaders!

If you are looking for cookies in your area, visit www.girlscoutcookies.org to find them!

Girl Scout troop helps victims of Hurricane Sandy

Girl Scout Cadette Troop 40220 co-sponsored a donation drive with the Moravia Honor Society for military, military families and other victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Donations were collected throughout Moravia and Auburn. The drive collected new and used items, varying from household items to clothes and food.

The girls were excited to be able to help people that were in need after the hurricane.

Girl Scouts taking part in other activities

Girls from the Caywasco area went Christmas caroling in Union Springs and Moravia on Dec. 17 to spread some holiday cheer.

At least 100 participants are expected to spend a fun day snow tubing at Greek Peak on Jan. 27.

We encourage Girl Scout alumnae to reconnect with the organization that helped them succeed. To keep up to date on all of the activities, or find out more information, visit www.gsnypenn.org. Did you know that girls can participate in events without their troop? Join the fun and friendship of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience! Visit www.gsnypenn.org or call 698-9400 or 539-5085 for more information.

Kim Dunne is the media manager for the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, Inc.

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