Jacquelyn and Sawyer Dishman dish on their adventures selling Girl Scout cookies.

Hit the grocery store or take a walk in your neighborhood and you know it’s Girl Scout cookie time (I can never resist a Samoa. Did you know there’s only 142 calories for two of them?). Meet three neighbors and find out why they are so passionate about selling cookies and the Scouts.

Sawyer Dishman

  • Age: 9
  • Grade: 3rd
  • School: Greenhill School
  • Girl Scout Level: Brownie
  • How many cookies are you planning to sell this year?
    • 1,600 boxes
  • What are some examples of how you sell cookies?
    • “I go door to door, ask my mom’s friends, go to apartment buildings, and do lots of grocery store booths.  I also designed my own digital cookie page and have sold cookies to local businesses.”
  • How are you going to use the cookie money that you and your troop raises?
    • “My troop is saving for a trip but also going to use some to learn about investing and money.”
  • What have you learned during cookie season?
    • “I might be told ‘no’ a lot, but I can still sell lots of cookies.”
    • “I learned to be creative when someone says ‘no’ and ask them if they would rather donate cookies.”
    • “You have to ask people, because some people will only buy if you ask.”
    • “I learned to work on my math skills when handling money and charging people for the cookies.”
  • Why do you think girls should join Girl Scouts?
    • “We do fun things — holiday bazaar, hikes, camping.  We’ve talked to airline pilots, firemen and designed a sweatshirt to help kids who lost their stuff in the tornado.”

Jacquelyn Dishman

  • Age: 12
  • Grade: 6th
  • School: Greenhill School
  • Girl Scout level: Cadette
  • How many cookies are you planning to sell this year?
    • 850 boxes of cookies
  • What are some examples of how you sell cookies?
    • “I volunteer at cookie booths in locations where there aren’t a lot of kids and try to sell the most in the first two weeks. I also keep a list of who bought from me, design business cards, create my personal digital cookie website, and I ask relatives that live far away for Troop to Troops donations. Troop to Troops is an organization where donated Girl Scout Cookies are sent to troops deployed overseas.”
  • How are you going to use the cookie money that you and your troop raises?
    • “We are saving for a trip with my Girl Scout troop or possibly to the G.I.R.L. 2020 convention in Florida.”
  • What have you learned during cookie season?
    • “It’s okay to be told no, but we should continue to try.”
    • “I’ve learned about helping customers, handling money and selling something I believe in.”
  • Why do you think girls should join Girl Scouts?
    • “Girl Scouts learn cool stuff and they do great things for the community. I’ve also done fun things with my troop such as camping, traveling, etc. #girlpower.”

Sophia Bock

  • Age: 12
  • Grade: 6th
  • School: Greenhill School
  • Girl Scout level: Cadette
  • How many cookies are you planning to sell this year?
    • “Due to my busy schedule this year, only 2,800 boxes.”
  • What are some examples of how you sell cookies?
    • “I have a counter response for almost every reason they give for not buying cookies. Like if they say they’ve already bought cookies, I tell them, ‘You can never have too many.'”
  • How are you going to use the cookie money that you and your troop raises?
    • “My troop is hoping to go to the G.I.R.L. 2020 convention in Florida next fall.  We also want to do a destination bridging from Cadettes to Seniors after 8th grade.”
  • What are three to five things that you’ve learned during cookie season?
    • “I learned how to advertise a product.”
    • “I learned how to set a goal and work hard to get to my goal.”
    • “I learned business ethics.”
  • Why do you think girls should join Girl Scouts?
    • “Girl Scouts is an amazing organization that helps girls get outdoors, learn S.T.E.A.M. and business skills and have lots of fun.”

 


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