On May 7 and June 11, 2023, Girl Scouts who sold at least 500 boxes of cookies this past cookie season got to celebrate their hard work on the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Cookie Cruise.
Over 1,250 Girl Scouts were able to attend the Cookie Cruise. Girl Scouts had three boats for both days, and each boat had multiple dance floors with a DJ. The DJs kept the enthusiasm high as Girl Scouts danced with their family and friends from across the council the entire time.
To sell 500 boxes of cookies is an incredible accomplishment. Through the Girl Scout Cookie Program, Girl Scouts can sell cookies door-to-door, online, at cookie booths, or by reaching out to friends and family.
“My favorite part about selling Girl Scout Cookies is seeing the smiles on people’s faces when they buy them,” said Girl Scout Emeliya from Troop 75677.
Through the cookie program, Girl Scouts also create goals to provide new experiences for themselves and their troop.
“We had four Girl Scouts whose goal was to get on the Cookie Cruise, and all four Girl Scouts reached their goal and were able to attend. One girl was about 200 boxes short of her 500 goal, and during our last booth sale, all the girls worked together to make sure she reached her cookie goal. It was so amazing seeing them work together,” said troop leader Kristina of Troop 75924.
When Girl Scouts participate in the cookie program, they do much more than help their customers stock up on delicious treats — they learn how to run their own cookie business! The cookie program gives Girl Scouts all the tools they need to sharpen their skills in goal setting, decision making, money management, interacting with customers, and business ethics, to set themselves up for success today and in the future.
“So often girls are taught about being a princess or a diva, and while those things are fun, there is so much more that Girl Scouts offers. I wanted my girls to be well-rounded in their experiences and develop their leadership skills through Girl Scouts,” Kristina added.
Although the 2023 cookie season is over, the skills learned will continue to last and strengthen throughout a Girl Scout’s life. From being a leader at Girl Scout camp to going into her first interview with confidence, courage, and character, each cookie box sold opens limitless possibilities.
P.s. The 2024 Fall Product Program will return in just a few more months, where Girl Scouts can continue strengthening these essential skills! More information is coming soon.
Click here to view the May 7, 2023, Cookie Cruise photos.
Click here to view the June 11, 2023, Cookie Cruise photos.