Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Meet Rylee: Cookie Entrepreneur Officer

Rylee, a Wanchese eighth grader, might just be the youngest entrepreneur in Dare County. Last year, she was once again the top Girl Scout Cookie seller in the county, and she hopes to reach that achievement again this year by selling at least 1,000 boxes of the sweet treats. For Rylee, this cookie season is special because it marks the 100th year of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts, and there is a new cookie on the market— Girl Scout S’mores.

Rylee knows that entrepreneurship takes a lot of hard work. Each cookie season, she starts by contacting her customers from the year before asking if they would like to place an order with her again. Then, she focuses on finding new contacts. She finds success setting up cookie booths as well as going door-to-door with cookies in tow asking friends and neighbors if they would like to make a purchase. She also knows the importance of good customer service.

“I’m polite, and I say ‘thank you’ whether I get an order or not,” Rylee said. “I always make sure to deliver my orders as soon as possible. You can’t procrastinate with cookies.”

For Rylee and her fellow members of Troop 2432, the Girl Scout Cookie Program helps to fund the activities they plan for the rest of the year. Last year, the troop used their cookie earnings to make and decorate cards that they took to a local nursing home to deliver to residents. The troop also allocated a portion of their earnings for fun, deciding on a trip to Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg. This year, the troop hopes to earn enough money to again make cards for nursing home residents, purchase items to donate to the animal shelter, take a local trip and save some money for a ceremony as they move on to the next level of Girl Scouting, Seniors, in the spring.

In addition to the activities she has taken part in with her troop, Rylee also completed a project to earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, which is the second highest honor and achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. For her project, Rylee worked with the Outer Banks History Center to put together binders of negatives to be put on display and transcribe newspapers from 1940.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the nation’s leading financial literacy and entrepreneurial program for girls. Girl Scout Cookies not only help girls earn money for fun, educational activities and community projects, but also play a huge role in teaching girls how to be go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders as they learn essential life and business skills.

Girl Scouts Cookies will arrive to the region on February 18, and cookie booth sales will begin the following day. For more information, visit