The #1 reason the general public has for not purchasing cookies is that no one asked them. I was at my local Walmart this weekend, and there were no girls there selling cookies. Last year, this particular location was a hot spot because the leaders working it told me they had done very well there, so I was puzzled to see no girls there this year.
I know most of you are working hard to reach your goals and ergo the council cookie goal for the sale, which we certainly appreciate. The sale has been down some this year, and we are working hard as a council to meet our goals, as well.
We have been confronted almost weekly with this allegation that Girl Scouts is connected with Planned Parenthood, and this is all a conspiracy. Well, we are NOT connected with Planned Parenthood or any similar organization, and we teach girls to be courageous girls who have confidence and character. We don't want this vicious allegation to hurt the girls of this council.
GSSA girls have always been top cookie program sellers compared to other councils across the nation. We don't see any reason why this can't be the case this year. Please let folks know this supports their local girls and the funds for the cookie program don't leave the area.
We have been working on some end of sale tips, since sometimes you might feel like you are out of gas. Here's some good ideas.
Each year, I delight in some of the stories I hear from parents and volunteers about the cookie program. One family decided their daughter needed to be a Girl Scout to 'change her attitude.' Not only has it changed her attitude, her father relayed to me this Daisy is a fantastic cookie seller, and she loves it. I also have loved seeing the fun pictures posted on Facebook for the Walkabout Weekend photo contest. Looks like the girls had a great time!
Remember, sometimes it is simply a matter of asking. We hope that your girls meet their goals, so we can meet the council goals. In the meantime, thank you for the wonderful work you do to teach girls the many valuable lessons from the cookie program.