It’s Girl Scout cookie season. And as much as I love Tagalongs and Thin Mints and Savannah Smiles, I have to say, this year the cookies are stressing me out. In years past, I would just hand over the money to support whichever troop was camped out in front of my local grocery store, get my cookie fix, endure the obligatory bad jokes from my husband about why do Brownies sell cookies, and be on my way.
Since I started co-leading a Daisy troop last fall, though, the whole cookie machine has taken on new meaning. Selling cookies is the easy part; there’s also a phenomenal amount of behind-the-scenes organization involved. And paperwork. Did I mention the paperwork? I’m having stress dreams about cookies, and I’m not even the troop cookie mom. (Thank goodness for the troop cookie mom.)
There has to be an easier way. Especially for 5- and 6-year-olds who aren’t proficient in sales yet. Our troop didn’t do any goal-setting activities, because we figured the girls are too young to get it. Most girls that age have no concept of how much things cost, or that if they want to take a trip to an amusement park, they need to sell a certain number of boxes to earn enough money to get there.
My daughter, after seeing the incentive sheet, announced that she was going to sell 1,000 boxes of cookies so she could earn a camera. Like I said, she has no clue how many boxes that is, or how much work she would have to do. I can just see our starry-eyed charges deciding they want to go to Disney World with their cookie money (not happening at this age, on so many levels).
We also didn’t want to put any more pressure on the moms in our group, because with kindergartners, the moms are the ones doing much of the selling.
So our simple, low-key system was sell what you want or can. Sign up for the booths if you want to, and if you don’t want to do booths, that’s fine. If we make some money, great, we’ll give the girls a couple of fun activity ideas and let them vote on what they want to do. It’s not intense, but it gets the job done.
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