Monday, December 8, 2014

The Amazing Cookie Kick Off

On November 22, nearly 800 Girl Scouts gathered at the Children’s Museum of Virginia for the 2014 Girl Scout Cookie Kick Off to celebrate the upcoming Girl Scout Cookie Program. The cookie program, which kicks off locally on January 10, is the nation’s largest financial literacy and entrepreneurial program for girls.

Girls from Troop 1554 in Williamsburg with the goal trackers
that they made during the cookie kick off.
At the kickoff, girls learned the skills they need to become a CEO—Cookie Entrepreneur Officer. They practiced their sales pitch, set goals for the season and made goal trackers, learned safety tips and more. They also signed a giant 40th birthday card for Samoas—the second highest selling cookie variety in Hampton Roads.

During the event, girls tasted the new cookie that will be available during the upcoming season—Rah Rah Raisins, an oatmeal raisin cookie with Greek yogurt- flavored chunks. Before the end of the evening, girls made Rah Rah Raisins-themed pompoms and took part in a dance party.

The activities were designed to teach girls five skills that are essential to the Girl Scout Cookie Program and to success in life—goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. Through the activities, girls completed requirements to earn the Cookie Activity Pin, which recognizes girls for learning these essential skills, as well as cookie business badges.

Beginning January 10, Girl Scouts in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina will begin taking orders for Girl Scout Cookies through traditional door to door sales and through Digital Cookie, a new online platform designed especially to teach girls about digital entrepreneurial skills. Cookies will be available for sale at booths starting February 22. Cookies are still just $3.50 per box, and all proceeds stay in the area to support local Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouts from Troop 115 in Norfolk at the fun photo booth.

View more photos from the evening here.