Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England sponsors two product programs each year, the Fall Product Program and the Girl Scout Cookie Program. All Girl Scouts from Daisies through Ambassadors can participate! By participating in Girl Scout Product Programs, Girl Scouts earn badges and develop valuable life skills including goal setting, money management, people skills, business ethics and decision making—all while having fun!
Product Programs also allow Girl Scouts to fund their own adventures and community service projects and all proceeds stay in the community to support our local council and troops
The Girl Scout Cookie Program® and the Fall Product Program help Girl Scouts learn five skills that are essential to leadership, to success, and to life.
1. Goal Setting
Girl Scouts learn how to set goals and create a plan to reach them! They set goals individually and with their troop where they learn to work together as a team while working toward their goals!
Girl Scout entrepreneurs are always on a mission. Whether it's through an exciting new adventure, a service project to improve their communities, an amazing summer at camp, or an eye-opening STEM activity, the goal is always to power amazing experiences for themselves and their troops all year long, while helping others too!
2. Decision Making
Girl Scouts learn to make decisions on their own and as a team! Girl Scouts decide as a team how they will spend their money, which allows for collaboration and critical thinking.
Girl Scout entrepreneurs are leaders in the making. They make decisions about how to run and promote their cookie sales, interact with customers, and spend their earnings. And when it comes time to make decisions in their personal lives, they’ll use what they learned to make the best choices.
3. Money Management
Girl Scouts learn to create a budget and handle money! When Girl Scouts process orders or participate in a booth, they learn how to handle customers’ money and they also learn how to process online sales through credit card transactions. This teaches them important financial literacy skills.
Girl Scout entrepreneurs are always sharpening their money smarts. By running their own cookie businesses, they learn how to make correct change for customers, count and manage their cash flow, and create a budget to fund the experiences they want to have with their troops.
4. People Skills
Girl Scouts find their voice and build confidence through customer interactions. Girl Scouts learn how to approach customers and gain self-confidence in public speaking when making their sales pitch. They need to be able to present the product and payment options to friends and family members which helps in developing healthy relationships and self-esteem.
Girl Scout entrepreneurs are relationship builders. By running their own businesses, they gain valuable practice communicating with customers; talking about their product and goals; and resolving conflict in a positive, productive way—all skills that will help them succeed in school, in business, and in life.
5. Business Ethics
Girl Scouts learn to act ethically, both in business and in life. Girl Scouts learn to be responsible and honest throughout the Product Programs. They learn to use care with money and product and the importance of follow-through by delivering products to customers in a timely manner. These skills help reinforce the positive values that they learn throughout Girl Scouting.
Girl Scout entrepreneurs are honest, fair, and responsible. Through their businesses, they learn to always do the right thing by their troop members, customers, and communities—lessons that will carry them for a lifetime of leadership.