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10 Ways to be a Better Cookie Customer

November 25, 2013
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Troop 1889 at their cookie booth!

So you want to buy some Girl Scout Cookies. Seems pretty simple right? You see a booth, buy some cookies and move on through out the rest of your day. Did you know that there are things that you as a customer can do to help the Girl Scouts that are selling you the cookies? Here’s a list of things that you can do to become a top notch cookie customer!

  1. Say Hello! Get things off on the right foot with a simple smile and a “hello.” Besides being the best conversation starter ever, this will help build the girls’ confidence in making the sale.
  2. Look her in the eye! The girls behind the booth are learning how to interact and build trust with customers; look them in the eye to say “hey, we see each other, we respect each other – and we’re ready to do business.”
  3. Let her know if you’re a Girl Scout! Girl Scouts are everywhere! Let them know that you were a Girl Scout and how it helped you to become who you are today.
  4. Don’t call them cute! They know they’re cute but selling cookies is serious business and these girls want to be taken seriously. They are running the largest girl-led business in the world. That’s not cute. That’s incredible.
  5. Ask about inventory! They have something for everyone – and since this year they have a new bakery, they are armed with the knowledge to answer all of your cookie questions!
  6. Ask where the money goes! What many people may not know is that the girls decide where the money goes. Some troops use it to go on an adventure, some use it to donate to a charity, and others use it to do a service project. But whatever the case, the choice lies with the girls!
  7. Talk Money! Running a booth is about more than making change. These girls set up and track a budget and learn about all of the good that can be done with their cookie money.
  8. Ask why they are Girl Scouts! In Girl Scouts, girls learn many things and encounter opportunities not available through any other organizations. Every girl has a story and every Girl Scout knows that she can do anything.
  9. Check out the new packages! This year there are three cookies that come in more eco-friendly packaging! Girl Scouts want to tell you all about the impact that these have on the environment and about how delicious the cookies inside of them are!
  10. Give them feedback! Cookie business is hard work and for many of the girls it’s a whole new world. Giving them feedback helps them grow as Girl Scouts and as leaders.

Well – there you go! You must be ready to buy cookies now! To make sure you get your cookies we have a few options available to make locating a cookie booth simple!

Cell Phone Apps
Cookie Finder (iPhone)
Cookie Finder (Android)

Online Booth Locator

  • This link will take you to the GSUSA cookie booth locator. Finding the list of cookie booths can be confusing at first so we have provided instructional images! Click to enlarge!

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Meet Odin!

November 13, 2013

This beautiful bird is Odin! Odin is our Great Horned Owl that lives in the aviary at Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center – email boxturtle@gscm.org to find out how you can meet Odin in person!

Girl Scouts Bridge the Gender Gap with STEM

November 12, 2013

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland:

“Girl Scouts Bridge the Gender Gap with STEM”

Originally posted on Blog - Girl Scouts NC Coastal Pines:

By Krista Park, Communications & Marketing Director

Today more girls are showing interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields and STEM-based activities.  But despite this growing curiosity, girls still are not choosing medicine, science, technology and engineering as their number one career path.

Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines has prioritized STEM in an effort to help girls bridge the existing gender gap that within these male-dominant career fields and provides opportunities for girls to enhance their exposure to and deepen their engagement in STEM.

Girl Scout Research Institute’s report, Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, highlights that while a majority of today’s girls have a clear interest in STEM, they do not prioritize STEM fields when thinking about their future careers.

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Research in the report shows that 74 percent of teen girls are interested in STEM subjects and the general field of…

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5 Reasons We Love Geena Davis

November 7, 2013

1. She promotes equality of girls and women in the media

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As Girl Scouts we know that ordinary girls can do extraordinary things and a world of good. Unfortunately girls are not usually represented this way in popular TV shows and movies that many of our girls watch. Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis – who has starred in roles that break down gender boundaries – is aiming at changing the face of girls in media by bringing awareness to the lack of female protagonists in TV and movies as well show the lack of diversity in the female roles that do exist.

According to Biography.com:

“In 2004, Davis founded what is now known as the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media (GDIGM). The institute has done extensive research into the portrayal of women in family films, discovering that there is, on average, only one female character for every three male characters. Davis and the rest of organization work to influence those who create content for children to correcting that imbalance.”

According to Davis, their message is getting across to the entertainment industry. In a survey of people in the entertainment business 68% revealed that the message of the GDIGM has influenced more than 2 of their projects; 41% reported that more than 4 of their projects have been effected by the message of the GDIGM. While we certainly wish these numbers were at 100%, this is still great news for the future of the portrayal of girls and women in the media.

2. She Co-Chairs Girl Scouts’ Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls

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To further her mission, Geena Davis partnered up with Girl Scouts in 2011 to create the Healthy MEdia Commission.

Healthy MEdia: Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls will bring together media leaders and subject related experts to create a blueprint of recommendations for promoting positive media images. The Commission brings together media leaders and subject related experts to create a blueprint of recommendations for promoting positive media images.

3. She was a Girl Scout

It is no surprise that Davis supported Girl Scouts in this effort because as a girl, she herself was a Girl Scout and is still extremely dedicated to our mission. Recently some of the GSCM Staff had the opportunity to hear Davis speak at the Network 2000′s 20th Annual Women of Excellence Luncheon. During her speech, Davis pointed out that Girl Scouts has already “written the book” so to speak, on how to create women of courage, character and confidence. After she had left the podium one of our staff members was was able to speak with her (and her body guard, who by the way was also a Girl Scout!) and get an autograph which she gladly provided.

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4. The GDIGM supports women in STEM

Also in alignment with Girl Scout principles, Davis recently helped unveil a new STEM scholarship. Accordint to the latest GDIGM e-newsletter the “scholarship is designed for women looking to enroll in New Engineering University’s newly created one-year Master of Engineering degree in Big Data. ‘One of the goals of the program is to enroll a class with a diverse student body where at least half of the students will be women, challenging the current environment in which just 11% of practicing engineers are female,’ NEU said. As part of the effort, NEU has awarded the Geena Davis Institute five full-tuition scholarships, which will be given to aspiring female engineers.”

5. She is an AWESOME archer

Just when you thought she couldn’t get any cooler!

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We would like to say thank you to Geena Davis for all that she is doing to inspire and ensure opportunity for girls now and as they become women. You rock!

Meet Pygwidgeon!

November 6, 2013

This is Pygwidgeon, the Eastern Screech Owl, that lives at the Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center!

Have you had the chance to see Pygwidgeon up close? He really is a beautiful creature!

For information on how you can see him and our other animals in person, like Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center on Facebook send an email to boxturtle@gscm.org!

Girl Scout Troops 1548 and 770 receive service award from the Agape House

October 30, 2013

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On October 12, 2013, Girl Scout troops 1548 and 770 received the Agape House Missionary and Outreach Ministry Award for 2013.  The Agape House Missionary and Outreach Ministry was originally designed as a safe house for children whose parents were going through rehabilitation for substance abuse. For a period of time it also served as a woman and children’s shelter. Currently The Agape House is an outreach ministry that serves the community by operating summer camps, a catering training program, a full service food pantry and many other community services.

Troop leaders, Dorothy Hull and Adrienne Finley have led these troops in a partnership with the Agape House for over 10 years.  Projects that the girls completed include shelter room renovation and decoration, hosting sewing and painting workshops and providing Christmas presents for the families served by The Agape House. Morgan, a Girl Scout in troop 1548 explained what this award meant to her:

This award makes me feel good about the services and help we provide to those less fortunate.  I like when we can bring a smile to someone’s face with just a little caring.

These girls scouts are truly helping to make the world a better place. Way to go girls – we are so proud of you!

Read below for more on what the girls had to say about winning this award and about Girl Scouting.

Girl Scout Whitney, from troop 1548

Winning the award to me means that people are appreciating my work. It was really an honor to achieve this award. My favorite part about Girl Scouts is meeting new people, learning new things, and also helping people and doing service work.

Girl Scout Atiannya from  from troop 1548

Receiving this award means our troop is helping to make the world a better place, with our volunteer work. My favorite part of being a girl scout is the volunteer work. It may be hard work, but I believe it’s all worth it.  It builds character and train girls to become a model citizen.

Girl Scout Anyae from troop 1548

You can do anything for people that is struggling and really help to give them something special. It was really great how they gave us an award for helping them. [In Girl Scouts] you can really come together and be a sister to each other. The different activities we do, and how we support different groups, and volunteer at different places if my favorite part about being a Girl Scout.

Girl Scout Adrienne from troop 1548

The award means that the troop I’m apart of does amazing things for people. My favorite part of being a girl scout is volunteering.

Girl Scout Morgan from troop 1548

This award makes me feel good about the services and help we provide to those less fortunate.  I like when we can bring a smile to someone’s face with just a little caring.  As a camp counselor this summer, my Girl Scout training helped me to be a good leader to the younger kids at both of my camps. My favorite part about being a Girl Scout is when we go camping and volunteer at things like Elf Night and the Susan G. Komen race.

Girl Scout Monica from troop 1548

I didn’t get a chance to participate in the Agape House service, but I was proud of my sister for doing her part to get the award. My favorite part about being a Girl Scout is the activities we can do to get badges and patches.  I want to fill every spot on my vest with awards and badges.

Cookie Nutrition Cheat Sheet!

October 29, 2013

It’s almost time to set up cookie booths and sell to customers on the spot! Make sure that you know the important nutrition information about each cookie so that you can ensure customer satisfaction! Many people have allergies and dietary restrictions that limit the kinds of cookies they can buy; impress your customers with your knowledge of you product! Below you can find a “cheat sheet” that includes the most important info about each cookie! Click on each image for full info from abcsmartcookies.com

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