How to Sell Girl Scout Cookies
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Is it cookie time again? The Girl Scouts have their own special way of kicking off the new year. with cookie season! As a member of the Girl Scouts, you probably look forward to cookie selling time all year long. and so do your neighbors. Every year brings new cookies to sell and new first-time sellers.
Perhaps you’re a new Daisy scout or leader, or you’ve just never sold cookies before. It’s not really an art or a science, but it does take a lot of planning and organization. It can seem a daunting task at first, but in the end, it’s very rewarding. In no time, you’ll be an experienced veteran of cookie-selling.
How to Sell Girl Scout Cookies. Is it cookie time again? The Girl Scouts have their own special way of kicking off the new year… with cookie season! As a member of the Girl Scouts, you probably look forward to cookie selling time all…
10 genius ways Girl Scouts have sold cookies
It’s Girl Scout cookie season, which means Trefoils, Thin Mints, Samoas, and Do-si-dos are all the rage right now.
Most people don’t need much convincing to get their hands on a box of their favorite Girl Scout cookies, but that hasn’t stopped some ambitious troop members from coming up with clever ways to sell the treats.
Each year, Girl Scouts who sell more than a set number of boxes — typically somewhere in the thousands — are honored with the title of “Cookie CEO.” But it takes real discipline and, often, a creative approach to achieve that level of success in the cookie-selling game.
Below, take a look at some of the smartest ways in which Girl Scouts have racked up cookie sales.
One Girl Scout in Indiana says she sets up shop at a florist on Valentine’s Day.
An Indiana-based Girl Scout named Sabrina told Fatherly’s Lizzy Francis that she profits off of the many last-minute Valentine’s Day planners in her area by setting up a booth to sell cookies at a local florist shop.
“You get guys who are like ‘I forgot flowers!,'” Sabrina told Fatherly. “And then they’d see the cookie booth and say, ‘You know what, it’s not the same old chocolate . This is perfect.'”
According to Fatherly, Sabrina typically sells more than 1,000 boxes of cookies each season thanks to her crafty approach to the cookie-selling game.
In 2018, a 9-year-old Brownie and her father set up shop outside a marijuana store in Edmonton, Canada.
Elina Childs sold out of her cookie supply in under an hour, when she and her father Seann based their cookie stall outside a marijuana store. Elina sold 30 boxes of cookies at $5 apiece, making $120 in just 45 minutes.
“It amazed me how quickly they went,” Seann told CBC. “Even people in cars driving on the avenue there would stop and roll down their window and ask for cookies.”
While Elina is technically not a Girl Scout, but rather a Canadian Girl Guide, her father said he was inspired by Girl Scouts in California who had employed similar tactics to sell their cookies.
A Colorado-based Girl Scout recently put a shirtless photo of Jason Momoa on the boxes and called them “Momoas.”
With the help of her mother, who is a marketing professional, Girl Scout Charlotte Holmberg rebranded her supply of “Samoa” cookies as “Momoas” and plastered a shirtless photo of the “Aquaman” and “Game of Thrones” actor on the box.
The Girl Scouts of Colorado shared Holmberg’s marketing strategy on its Facebook and Instagram pages on February 13 and she went viral shortly after. The story gained so much traction, in fact, that Momoa himself fielded some questions about it on the red carpet prior to the 2019 Oscars.
“I love Girl Scout cookies,” Momoa told Entertainment Tonight. “I was waiting to get some free ones. I’d love some.”
Many Girl Scouts see college campuses as cookie-selling hot spots.
A 13-year-old Girl Scout named Skyler told the Daily Nexus that she has sold cookies outside of the University of California, Santa Barbara, campus for the past two years, she. She has her sights set on selling 3,000 boxes of cookies in 2019.
“There are a lot of really enthusiastic people and it’s always a treat to be here,” she said.
At the University of Georgia, Girl Scout cookies generated so much buzz that the student newspaper wrote an article to help students find a booth during the two sales days on campus.
And Beth Hagovsky, the director of Student Leadership and Activities at St. John’s University, used her position on campus to help her daughter sell cookies.
“Last year when we did this, I knew I was sitting on a gold mine as the person who reserves the tables outside the dining hall,” Hagovsky told The Hawk Newspaper. “Needless to say, my daughter sold the most cookies in the troop last year.”
One Girl Scout channeled her inner Cardi B with a rap about selling cookies.
Kiki Paschall, 10, from California, looked to market her Girl Scout cookies by filming a video in which she rapped about selling cookies to the tune of Cardi B’s “Money.”
The Girl Scouts of America shared Paschall’s video on its offical Twitter page, where it has received more than three million views. Even Cardi B acknowledged Paschall’s creative effort with a retweet.
It’s no surprise that Paschall went on to sell more than 1,000 boxes of cookies.
Chris Rock’s daughters brought their troop to sell cookies at the 2016 Academy Awards.
When Chris Rock hosted the 88th annual Academy Awards in 2016, he allowed his daughters’ Girl Scout troop to sell cookies during the show.
The young saleswomen appeared to sell Peanut Butter Patties to Kate Winslet, Thin Mints to Christian Bale, and other flavors to a variety of celebrities on hand.
“Reach into your millionaire pockets and buy some of my daughters’ Girl Scout cookies,” Rock told the audience.
Rock later revealed that the troop had raised a whopping $65,243 on the night.
Most people don't need much convincing to buy a box of their favorite cookies, but some Girl Scouts still pull out all the stops to maximize sales.