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The 5 Skills

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is about so much more than just cookies. By practicing their pitch, deciding how to run their cookie booth and managing payments for a box of Thin Mints, girls are learning valuable skills that could lead to owning their own business or becoming a Fortune 500 CEO someday. Yes, really!

Learn more about the 5 Skills learned in the Cookie Program and, more importantly, why they matter:


Goal Setting: Girls set sales goals and create a plan to reach them. This matters because girls need to know how to set and reach goals to succeed in school, on the job and in life.


Decision Making: Girls decide when and where to sell, how to market their sale and what to do with earnings. Girls need to know how to make smart decisions throughout their lives.


Money Management: Girls develop a budget, take orders and handle customers’ money. Whether it's an allowance or a paycheck, girls need to know how to manage money.


People Skills: Girls learn how to talk (and listen!) to their customers, as well as how to work as a team. This matters because it helps them do better in school and, later, at work.


Business Ethics: Girls act honestly and responsibly during every step of the Cookie Program. This matters because employers want to hire ethical employees and leaders in all fields.