Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Cookie Goals for Girls

For this year’s upcoming Girl Scout Cookie Program® we are focusing on goal setting as a tool for each girl to learn valuable business skills that will help her as she moves forward in life, and that will aid each girl and her Troop to become more self-sufficient and able to do more things – with less money from parents.  Things such as trips, activities, and projects that support community action and service.
This year, in addition to earning Cookie Credits, each girl and her family can chose to track funds toward her Girl Scout activities.  – Parents, please speak to your Troop Leader for more info on this option.

So now the question is, what kind of goals are appropriate for a Girl Scout Troop, or for an individual girl?  Here are some examples that girls in Nassau County and across the country have set for their goals in recent years…

Troops may want to work toward:
  • Travel – A special camping adventure, a visit to a dude ranch, a trip to the Girl Scout birthplace in Savannah, a visit to Disney World, or a tour to Europe
  • Activities – Seeing a play, going to a concert, visiting museums, going to the zoo, taking a class in jewelry making or judo or horseback riding – or choosing one of the dozens of activities published in Possibilities
  • Projects/Community Service/Take Action – Educating the community about an issue of importance to the girls, supporting other community agencies such as police and fire, taking on a project to help conserve natural resources or serving people in need, supporting an effort to impact girls or children in far-away places whose lives may be very different from girls in Nassau County.
Individual girls can set their sights toward earning “Cookie Credits” that can help their families to cover the costs for Girl Scout Camp, Troop activities, events sponsored by the Council or advertised in Possibilities, as well as be used to fund Girl Scouts of the USA Destinations.  
Having a goal without a plan is just a wish. Once each Troop and each girl decides on the goal, they/she must decide the steps necessary to reach that goal. This year Girl Scouts is able to offer every girl and every Troop terrific tools for making their plans. Check out the Girl Scout Cookie Club for all the details on setting goals and making plans!! And Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors can become CEOs – Cookie Entrepreneur Officers.  This site offers even more details on how to develop effective and workable plans.
Now that Girl Scouts can use the internet to help market their Girl Scout Cookie® campaign, girls have even more tools and resources at the ready!  Girls can ask family and friends to support the Girl Scout Cookie Program in person, through an email using the safe resources of the Cookie Club website or by making a phone call to people that they know.  Girls (accompanied by an adult) can also knock on doors and participate in Cookie Booth Sales.  
So good luck to all the Girl Scouts of Nassau County as Cookie season approaches! 2010 is a great year for selling Cookies! 

Friday, December 11, 2009

100 Box Challenge!

In life and in business you need to have “some big hairy audacious goals...,” Jim Collins, in from Good to Great.  
If you don’t have a goal, you don’t know where you are going and then the path you take will be incidental…
Goals are so important to all of us in life. Goals provide a measurement. Having goals allows us to experience success, to fail and be disappointed, to try again (and again) and to persevere. These are skills that will benefit a child throughout their school years, in their relationships with family and friends, in their career and throughout every aspect of their life. Without goals it will be hard for a child to know if he or she has succeeded or just coasted to the next stop in the road.
So, this year for my “big hairy audacious goal” (BHAG) I am challenging all of the Girl Scouts in Nassau County to raise the bar and meet the challenge to have a Council-wide average of selling 100 boxes per girl for this year’s Girl Scout Cookie Program. (The national average is 135 boxes per girl; in our Council, the average has been 64 boxes per girl for the past several years.) To work, Collins says that a BHAG has to be clear, compelling and one that people can understand right away -- it is galvanizing and creates team spirit…I hope my BHAG inspires our girls!
You may be asking, why is the national average so much higher than Nassau County? Well that’s because in other parts of the country parents have recognized that Girl Scouting is a great program value – in terms of what their daughters learn and achieve. And it is a financial value because girls and families can learn and earn, without taxing a family’s resources.
The Girl Scout Cookie Program helps to level the playing field and allows each girl to be part of the fun. Of course, other youth service programs have some scholarships available or funding for those kids most in need (as does GSNC), but in Girl Scouting, every girl and every family has the opportunity to learn and earn. Because the per capita income in Nassau County is among the nation’s highest, perhaps families here have not felt the need to be as involved in the Cookie Program and have been more willing or able to pay for trips and activities. However, with recent economic changes it is more important than ever that each girl and her family recognize the value of learn and earn.
So I urge every Girl Scout and her family in Nassau County to take the 100 Box Challenge!

And for those girls who have met or exceeded the 100 box goal in the past, we urge each of you to set your goals higher than before.  Share with your sister Girl Scouts the techniques that you have used to be successful.  And tell us your stories of how the money your Troop has earned has been used!
P.S. As a bonus for Troops – Troops that meet the 100 box average will earn an extra two-cents per box towards their goals!