Sure they're delicious, but those Thin Mints and Caramel deLites cookies also are teaching valuable life and business lessons to the Girl Scouts selling them.
As 2016 Girl Scout Cookie Sale kicks off today, nearly 4,000 Girl Scouts across the Quad-City area will begin selling cookies, many with a set goal to help them attend more scouting events and opportunities.
"Girls have more ways to learn business skills by selling across multiple platforms,'' said Nikki Habben, COO with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. "From selling cookies door-to-door, to making mobile sales at Cookie Booths, to online sales, girls are exposed to the cross-market nature of business today.''
Maura Warner, the local council's communications coordinator, said the growth in the girls and their skills and abilities is evident. "They begin that basic process (thinking) 'I'm going to set a goal and I know I have to work really hard to make that goal,' " she said.
Prior to the sale, she said scouts of all ages are taught the five essential skills of cookie sales: goal-setting, decision-making, money management, people skills and business ethics.
A new mobile app, known as COCOdirect, allows the scouts to track their sales online, keep track of their inventory. They also now can sell online. "This even puts it more in the girls' hands — running a business," Warner said.
Scouts like Clarah Buhman, a 14-year-ol...