Girl Scout Economics

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Girl Scout Economics

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As February comes to a close student’s last chance to purchase the iconic Girl Scout Cookies does as well. The $4 cookie boxes can be found being sold in front of stores and even in school. Girl Scouts at Round Rock sell during lunchtimes or even in class.

 The money from the cookie sales goes towards the Girl Scout Organization while a small percentage goes towards the individual troops that sell them.  With the changes in technology the Girl Scouts have adapted their selling methods to make it easier on customers. Now with money sending apps such as Venmo, Cashapp, Zelle, Paypal, and etc. customers can order cookies with the click of a button. With this easy access method of buying cookies comes an increase in sales. 

Although most Girl Scouts sell to students, that’s not where their market demographic stops. 

“I sell to teachers,” senior Mia Morris said. “Some teachers don’t want us selling in class. Others don’t care. It’s because they don’t want us interrupting their class and they feel like this isn’t something we should be focusing on. They want us to focus on our school work.”

 The practice of selling cookies has been around longer than you may think. The Girl Scouts originated their cookie sales by selling to soldiers during war time for 25 to 30 cents with the cost of ingredients costing around 26 to 36 cents. However in the 1940’s during World War II the Girl Scouts had to briefly stop selling cookies because they couldn’t get flour, sugar and butter with food ration regulations. As an alternative they took up selling calendars until the 1950’s when they resumed the cookie business and their hit cookie ‘Chocolate Mints’ now known as ‘Thin Mints’ became a staple for them. To this day the Girl Scouts have been selling cookies for more than 100 years going strong. 

Selling cookies is more than a money raising practice for the girls, it also helps encourage entrepreneurship and critical life skills. 

“Selling cookies has taught me how to handle money,” senior Kamryn Owens said. “It’s good to get a grasp on how business transactions work and I think it’ll be a skill I carry with me for the rest of my life.”