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A Cookie mom's experience at a recent booth sale.  It's a lovely story!

I've worked for Girl Scouts for almost 10 years, and if there's one thing I know, it's that the first weekend of cookie booth sales is BIG.  What I didn't know until yesterday, when I captained my first booth sale at a local Wal-Mart with my Daisy daughter and her fellow troop members, was just how big an impact it could have on me.

Sure, I know that loading 20 cases of cookies isn't easy and sitting out in the hot sun with five-year-olds for two hours can certainly be a challenge.  However, I wasn't prepared for the wonderful outpouring of support from our community.  It was amazing to see how many people told us they just couldn't resist those sweet smiles our girls gave when they asked said "Would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?," or how many ladies and gentleman stopped by on the way into Wal-Mart to make a promise to buy cookies on their way out of the store (and, yes, our girls only asked them on their way out).  I also was overcome by the number of folks who said they couldn't afford a box of cookies, but gave us a dollar or a couple of quarters, instead.

One such individual, though, really touched my heart.  I had noticed the man in tattered clothes sitting outside Wal-Mart as I pulled up to drop of our cookies.  He was smiling at folks as they walked in, just watching the busy Saturday afternoon scene.  I assumed he was homeless, but didn't have much time to think about it as we busily shuffled cookies and got ready for our sale.  Toward the end of our shift, the gentleman walked up, simply handed our girls a dollar, smiled and said "good luck." It touched me, and our other parents, that this man, obviously hard on his luck, could be so generous to our girls.

I was relating this story to my parents that evening, and my father, who volunteers with our local homeless coalition, said he had heard of the man we'd seen, and that, yes, he is homeless.  He was laid off from his job and now spends his time at Wal-Mart, and even helps bus tables at a local fast-food restaurant, just to keep busy until he finds a job. Well, the gentleman will be rewarded for his dollar given to our troop, as I have arranged for him to receive a box later this week.  Such a generous, selfless act should not go unnoticed and certainly serves as a teachable moment for our girls.

Girl Scouts are blessed to have the support of many strangers.  It is through their kindness that our organization survives and our girls are able to develop courage, confidence and character.  I hope you can find such inspiration in your work during this busy cookie season, and I wish you many happy booth sales.  Look forward to seeing you out there!

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Girls learn so much at booth sales -- from communicating with new people to handling money. Following these guidelines will hep ensure the best possible booth sales for your Girl Scouts:

1. Wear Girl Scout Membership pin with uniform or Girl Scout T-shirt

2. Notify merchant/customer service on arrival and departure. Let them know we appreciate the opportunity to sell cookies outside their business. Don't expect the business to provide change, tape, scissors, pens, etc.

3. Ask customers politely ONCE as they are leaving the store. Be sure to thank the customer whether they buy cookies or not.

4. BEST BEHAVIOR, BE COURTEOUS!! Don't block walkways. Say please and thank you. Smile!! Girls and adults represent the world's largest organization for young women.

5. No eating or drinking during a booth sale.

6. An adult must be present at a booth sale at all times.

7. Do not allow girls to wander around the location un-chaperoned.

8. An adult is responsible for money at all times. An adult watches or assists as the girls handle money. Keep money box in a safe place, especially during loading and unloading of cookies. DO NOT keep large amounts of money in the money box!

9. Keep booth area clean and remove ALL trash. Troop is responsible for removing and disposing of all trash and boxes. Girl Scouts always leave a place better than they found it! 

10. RESPECT other troops sale time!!! Don't set up early, and don't stay after the allotted time. 

Be sure to follow these Booth Sale Guidelines for a safe, respectful, and successful booth sale.

The initial orders are in, and it's time to start booth sales.  Are your girls working booth sales to go for the top prizes? They definitely don't want to miss out. Top three sellers can win either an iPod, Nintendo DSi, Wii or Xbox. Other top prizes also include money toward a destination.  Remind your girls, working hard at booth sales may be just what they need to reach the top! All of the recognitions can be found in the cookie manual.

 

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This year you can find Girl Scout merchandise in Old Navy stores. Old Navy has partnered with Girl Scouts to bring your daughter limited edition tees. These tees include vintage Girl Scout logos and the infamous Thin Mints, Tagalongs and Samoa cookie characters. The shirts are priced at $10.50 each.  Not only are these shirts cute, stylish and a great price, but Old Navy has also committed to allowing troop booth sales during cookie season at free-standing locations. Old Navy is a great booth sale location, with high foot-traffic and lots of families shopping there. Hurry to get your limited edition tee, they are going fast!

USA is hosting the Coca Cola Classic Baseball Series over Mardi Gras weekend at Stanky Field.  Girl Scouts are being given the opportunity to come to the games and have a booth sale at the main gate.

With the purchase of 5 tickets ($3 each, same price for youth or adults), a troop can set up a booth sale.  Your troop can take turns watching the game and selling cookies!  Sign up by Feb 6
by filling out and submitting an event registration for and mailing it to Mary Anne Brutkiewicz at the Mobile Service Center.  First come, first served.

Game schedule:
Feb 20, 6 pm. vs. Mercer
Feb 21, 11 am vs. Liberty
Feb 21, 6 pm vs. Liberty
Feb 22, 1:30 pm vs. Ole Miss



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