Girl Scouts are many things, but above all, they’re capable of doing anything they set their minds to. Why? Because the experiences of scouting teach vital life skills that set girls up for success in school, athletics, their social circles, and even in their future careers. One thing that all Girl Scouts gain, specifically from the Girl Scout Cookie Program, are solid money smarts that will last her a lifetime.
Learning by doing gives girls a sense of accomplishment and pride in their abilities. Little Women author Louisa May Alcott famously said, “I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” Likewise, a current Girl Scout—yours even!—might say, “I am not afraid of building a career/negotiating salaries/balancing a budget someday, for I’m already running an awesome cookie business!” (Cue mic drop…)
So, what specifically are girls learning by selling the most delicious treats in town? Let’s break it down and show how your littlest entrepreneur is building her financial literacy, box by box.
Being a Girl Scout isn’t just fun—it opens doors for girls to have their biggest, brightest dreams come true. Encourage her cookie business, but above all, let her lead. The financial literacy and confidence in money matters she’ll gain in the process will last her a lifetime.