Monday, December 10, 2018

2018 Cookie Kickoff

More than 1,200 Girl Scouts and their families packed the Virginia Living Museum on Saturday, December 8 to kick off the 2019 Girl Scout Cookie Season. The event was a sweet success!

Attendees were treated to a special, high-energy, after-hours night of activities that featured several different learning stations. The kickoff is an annual event designed to equip Girl Scouts with the latest knowledge of the cookie program in order to achieve both individual and troop goals.  

Girl Scouts from all over the Council came to rehearse their sales pitches, learn how to manage their money and set achievable goals to ensure success this upcoming season. The event wouldn’t have been complete without a tasting booth and our Girl Scouts sure did love trying this year’s cookie varieties: Thin Mints, Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-si-dos, Savannah Smiles, Girl Scout S’mores and Toffee-tastic (gluten free).

Cookie captains—teen Girl Scouts who are experienced cookie sellers—were on hand to guide their younger cookie entrepreneurs through the ins and outs of the cookie program at the different stations set up throughout the museum. By the end of the evening, the girls learned just what it takes to become a CEO—Cookie Entrepreneur Officer.

Our troops are staying ahead of the game and preparing now! Troop 1404 will be hosting a Cookie Booth University so that the new CEOs can get comfortable being behind the booth and selling the delicious cookies! Last year, the troop worked a total of 25 hours at the booth. We know their hard work and dedication will result in a victory as sweet as the Thin Mint!

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the nation’s largest girl-led business and the leading financial literacy program for girls. Proceeds from the Girl Scout Cookie Program allow girls to do amazing things!

Troop 1087 used last year’s cookie proceeds to complete the challenge course at Go Ape.

“It turned out to be a great team and confidence building activity for the girls,” Troop 1087 Leader Melissa Reeves said.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina starts on January 5, 2019, when girls will begin taking cookie orders. Cookie booth sales begin February 17.

Thank you to TowneBank for sponsoring this year’s kickoff event.

We cannot wait to hear about all of the things the upcoming cookie season has in store for our Girl Scouts! Click here to share your story with us.

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