It’s that time of year again. Sweet little faces in blue, brown, tan, or green vests carrying the telltale brightly colored order forms with descriptive pictures of Girl Scout cookies. You might get a phone call with a nervous but chirpy voice at the other end, stilted sales script at the ready, ending with a proud, “So how many boxes would you like to buy this year Uncle Adam?”
You might be innocently grocery shopping. They weren’t there before you went in… but when you come out they’re in the foyer at a table with a troop-made poster full of glitter and kittens and signatures, blaring “DONATE TO THE U.S. TROOPS!” and all of the various flavors of cookies. And suddenly all of those little faces aren’t quite so timid in a
pack group troop once a couple people have started buying a box here and there. They get rabid ecstatic once they make their first multi-box sale. They’re aggressive and excited because they can see people actively choosing the luscious cookies at the table booth. And they want some. But they’re enjoying the fact that people are getting some for themselves. It’s a double-edged sword. You can guarantee that before the each shift is over that one of the moms who is supervising will buy a box or two for the girls to share.
The girls are bitten by the cookie bug. The afternoon flies by. Goals have been made. Everyone is tired and cranky. Then a little voice pipes up:
“When can we do that again?”
Next year, dear.
Actually, it’s not that bad. It’s fun watching the girls get involved and enjoy themselves. It’s fun watching the cartons of cookies dwindle. It’s not as fun watching their little faces fall, crestfallen, when someone is rude to them by sharply and gruffly saying, “NO!” or when someone simply glares and rushes past without saying a word. The girls take it personally.
There’s an art to selling Girl Scout cookies. You can’t attack people. You have to greet them firmly but gently without shouting. Be engaging but not obnoxious. Make sure the cookies that are still available are all visible. Make sure the girls are being well behaved and attentive. Don’t say anything negative about any of the cookies, but be ready to answer with questions about them.
For instance, this year the Lemon Chalet Cremes were replaced with Savannah Smiles. It’s the 100th Birthday of the Girl Scouts and the founder of the Girl Scouts, Juliette Gordon Lowe, was born in Savannah Georgia. Savannah Smiles are in honor of her. They’re bite sized, crispy, and lemony, and they’re coated in powdered sugar.
We’re lucky too. We live in a region where we get all of the really good cookies. 😉 We’ve been extra challenged with sales in our house the last couple of years because two of my daughters are Girl Scouts. It’s been interesting. Last year my eldest helped out my middle and the girls split the sales. This year we’re doing it a little differently. I’m helping Gracie and letting my eldest do her own thing. They have separate goals so separate efforts makes more sense.
And now I’ll leave you off with cookie porn and a song.
“Yum Yum Yum”
[Tune: Are you sleeping?]
Girl Scout Cookies, Girl Scout Cookies,
Yum, Yum, Yum, Yum, Yum, Yum
Eat ’em by the dozen, Eat ’em by the dozen
They’re all gone, They’re all gone.
- New Girl Scout Cookie: Savannah Smiles (blippitt.com)
- Girl Scout cookies, to eat or donate (rakcommunity.wordpress.com)