Hi! My name is Tamatha.  I have been in Girl Scouts for four years.  Every year at cookie season, I make a goal for where I want to sell up to.  This year I want to sell up to 500 boxes.  Instead of just making a goal for us, we can make a goal for the troop by selling enough cookies and getting enough money, we can go on trips like the Birmingham Zoo.

Our troop also has to make decisions by deciding what trip we will go on.  We also have to decide how many cookies to bring to booth sales.  When we have a booth sale at the mall for three hours, we will decide on how the cookies usually sell and how many hours we are selling. If Thanks-a-lots sell really well, we will bring 3 or 4 cases, but if Lemonades don't sell that well, we will only bring 1 or 2 cases.

When my troop earned the Money Management badge, we had to learn that when a customer bought two boxes of cookies it would cost $7.00 and if they paid with a $10 bill, they would get $3 back; but if they pay with a $20 bill, they would get $13 back.  If we bought 2 movie tickets and each are $6 and we pay with a $20 bill, we will get $8 back.

I learn how to communicate with different people by being polite using manners, listening to people and lots of others.  When selling cookies, you have to be able to ask politely.  I learn to be courteous by listening to why they want to buy cookies and why they do not want to buy cookies and accepting their reasons.

Selling cookies is a business and I am a part of that business.  I learn how to take care of money and give correct change.  I learned a whole lot about supply and demand.  Having enough cookies for the demand of my customers, keeps me very busy.

As a Girl Scout and part of the cookie business, I have learned a whole lot and will learn more with each cookie sale.

My Five Skills


After being in Girl Scouts for seven years, I have learned a lot of things. Most of those things are the five skills of Girl Scouts that you see on all the boxes and cases of Girl Scout Cookies: money management, goal setting, decision making, people skills, and business ethics. 

With the money, sometimes the leader will help us tell the customer how much it is so you have to know a little math. We don't handle the actual money though. As for goal setting, I think the girls, as do I , like having to work toward, so the prizes are a motivation and just being able to say "this year I sold the most cookies." My troop is always so excited about the award ceremony at the end of Cookie Season to see how many cookies they sold. The cookies themselves play into the decision making. I mean, who wants to decide which cookies you want to get! They're all so delicious and I think most everyone can agree with me on that! Anyway, the 4th skill: people skills. I am not that good with people, but as the years have gone by I've slowly opened up and stopped cowering by the table and started asking more and more people if they would like to buy cookies.  Business ethics make up a small part of each of these too. 

The point is, I have learned things like different math skills, how to make and fulfill goals, make tricky decisions, communicate properly with people, and business skills I can use in the future. Girl Scouting is a great thing and can teach many other children very valuable skills that they will appreciate later in the future.

     -- Press Rep Angel



December 22, 2014 began my seventh year of selling cookies. This year I used the new CoCo Direct (Digital Cookie) and sent emails. I have already reached 1/3 of my goal selling just to family and friends, so I think this sale year is going great.

Over the years I have learned that math is important in making change and keeping up with orders; that customers respond to politeness and enthusiasm; and that cookie selling is more complicated than just walking around with an order form, and takes planning and budgeting.

My troop is raising money this year to go zip lining and to pay for a dolphin encounter. Last year we used cookie proceeds to spend the night in the Atlanta Aquarium. It was an awesome trip.


    -- Press Rep Claire



Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program we are taught 5 essential skills. 

I have learned goal setting is very important and needed because if you don't have a goal you don't know what you're working for. Decision making is another skill learned through the Cookie Program. You first have to make decisions such as where you will sell your cookies because if you don't have decisions made you don't have any idea what your plan is. Another one of the 5 skills learned through the Cookie Program is money management and it is one of the most important things when selling cookies. You need to know how to count back change.

The more the girls can do, the better the selling. Let the older girls handle the money because it does take a little longer for the little ones to count back change. Always double count the change and add up the boxes sold right after the sale just to make sure that you have the correct amount of money. Having people skills is also another important skill when selling cookies.  Girl Scouts need to have good people skills because some people are not very nice and I have learned that you have to be nice no matter what. The last thing you learn is good business ethics.

To have a successful Cookie Sale, it's important to know how to run your cookie business and manage your money wisely.

     --- Press Rep Kyndall Boynton 


Have you ever heard of Girl Scouts?  I have.  Girl Scouts has changed my life for the better by teaching me how to get along with my friends.  That's the first thing I learned because if you don't know how to get along you won't have a fun time in Girl Scouts.  Getting along with your friends makes it easier to have a fun time in Girl Scouts.  Another reason is you can make more friends instead of just having the same friends.  You can do that by handing out membership registration papers so that different friends can join your troop.

Girl Scouts also gives me the opportunities to be a Press-Rep.  Press-Reps get to be on the news.  They get to spread Girl Scouts to other girls.  That means more girls can enjoy Girl Scouts like you.

In Girl Scouts, I got to learn about a lot of things like pets, painting, letterboxing, and lots more.  We went to wet pets and saw lots of different pets like cats, dogs, parrots, turtles, fish, and lots more.  We also learned a lot.  When we earned our painting badge, we went to this place called Tipsy Painting.  We learned how if you listen to music it will help you so that you know what you want to paint.  For letterboxing, we made a stamp by getting little erasers and hot gluing them to a coke bottle top.  We also got a little notebook and pen and put them in a bag with a stamp pad in it.  So now you know a little about how Girl Scouts has changed my life for the better.

     -- Girl Scout Brownie Tamatha

Press Rep Claire reports on Service Unit 914's celebration of our founder's birthday:

Service Unit 914 celebrated Juliette Gordon Low's birthday on National Make a Difference Day with a Halloween Carnival.  Nine troops got together and brought games for everyone to play.  The girls could win bead necklaces as prizes, to remind us of Juliette's pearls.  

All of the girls brought canned food to donate to the Montgomery Area Food Bank.   We collected 203 pounds of food.  Troop 9054 won the award for the most cans brought and Sydney A. of troop 9054 and Erica L. of Troop 9327 brought the most and second most number of cans.  

We also had a Halloween costume contest. It was a great turnout and a lot of fun.
Last weekend I and other Girl Scouts went on the Dauphin Island Sea Lab trip. We had such a great time! 

The picture you see below is of our group learning about fish and a stingray with our Sea Lab teacher while we were on the Sea Lab ship.  

We learned a lot about salt marshes too.  

We also had fun playing volleyball and Bunco in the evenings.  

My favorite part was feeding the gulls on the ship.

-- Press Rep Claire

See more photos from the trip at the GSSA flickr album
Hi, my name is Mary Virginia.  Last summer I went to the Brownie Sampler Camp.  There are four units at camp, Mariner, which is also called the Young Unit, Pioneer, Ranger, and Mountaineer.  Only one unit has cabins, the Young Unit.  That is where I stayed.  There is a unit house and 8 cabins.  I stayed in cabin 6 with one other girl.  We did not know each other, but we were camp buddies and we became friends.
When you first get to camp, your parent can put money in your account for the Trading Post.  You can get things like candy, toys, and other things.  The Trading Post is fun.
At this camp you can have two sessions where you choose what you want to do that day.  My favorite thing was probably swimming.  That is why both my sessions were swimming.  For me, swimming is a challenge and an activity.  I really like it.
Another thing we did at camp was arts and crafts.  I liked that because we got to pick out and decorate walking sticks.  It was also fun coloring caps with markers.  We could have also made bead buddies.  It was really fun.
We also learned some new songs at camp.  Some songs we sang were "The Marshmallow Song", "Fudgy the Whale", "Dry Bones", and "A Crazy Moose."  They were really funny.  I like them.
We also earned our hiking badge while we were at this camp.  We went on a hike and made trail mix to get it.  We received the badge at the end of camp.  It was fun getting it.
If you would like to try camping, I would recommend the Brownie Sampler camp.

Joy to Life Survivor's Friendship Bracelet - more advanced

This bracelet makes a bold statement of support for the survivors of breast cancer.  It will take some time to follow the directions, but this beautiful bracelet is worth the effort put in!


Follow the links below to learn how to make this bracelet. 

*Adults should be responsible for following the links.*




Joy to Life Survivor's Friendship Bracelets - Intermediate

Once you get the hang of the knots on these bracelets, you'll be flying through them!  The below bracelet tutorials are good for girls who can follow instructions to begin with and then complete the bracelet without any more help.  *Adults should be responsible for following the website links*

Supplies Needed:

Embroidery thread of many different colors


Means of holding the end of the bracelet down (such as tape, a safety pin or even a clip board)


*Adults should be responsible for following the links.*

Summer Camp Chevron - http://honestlywtf.com/diy/diy-friendship-bracelet/

A beautiful weave that is easy to get the hang of once you get the basics down.



The Fishtail - http://www.stripesandsequins.com/2012/06/diy-fishtail-braid-friendship-bracelets.html

Similar to the chevron, you can make it as colorful as you like!



The Traditional - http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Friendship-Bracelet

The Traditional Friendship bracelet is similar to the chevron and can be as thick or as thin as you like!




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