Thousands of boxes of Girls Scout cookies later, Cierrah has overcome her case of shyness.
“She was the baby of the family, so she was kind of clingy,” Cierrah’s mother, Connie Lujan, said. “We had to try something to push her out from under her mother’s wing. She really started getting into it in second grade. By third grade, it was full blown.”
Last year, Cierrah sold 1,241 boxes to top all Girl Scouts in Goliad County. This year, she is trying for 2,000 boxes, which would win her a laptop.
“She had more last year, but she split some among her other Girl Scout sisters so they could meet a quota, also,” Connie Lujan said.
At first, Cierrah didn’t look forward to the cookie sale, but now she enjoys going door-to-door, flashing her infectious smile to would-be customers.
“I used to be scared,” Cierrah said.
The annual cookie sale began Jan. 12 and will run through Feb. 24. A new cookie this year is the mango crème.
The cookie sale is designed to teach the girls five primary business skills - goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.
In setting goals, the girls set a cookie sales goal and, with their team, create a plan to reach them.
Decision making takes place when the girls decide where and when to sell cookies, how to market their sale, and what to do with their earnings. This matters because girls must make many decisions, big and small, in their lives. Learning this skill helps them make good ones.
Girls learn money management skills when they develop a budget, take cookie orders, and handle customers’ money. This matters because girls need to know how to handle money – from their lunch money to their allowance and to (someday) their paycheck.
People skills are learned when the girls talk (and listen!) to their customers, as well as learning how to work as a team with other girls. This helps the girls do better in school (on group projects, on sports teams and on the playground) and later in life, at work.
Business ethics are learned when the girls act honestly and responsibly during every step of the cookie sale. Employers want to hire ethical employees – and the world needs ethical leaders in every field.
These five skills teach Girl Scouts cooperation, team building, critical thinking, problem solving, practical life skills, healthy relationships, conflict resolution and positive values. All through selling cookies!
There are over 1,800 Girl Scouts in the Victoria area who make up more than 90 troops. Be on the lookout for these girls selling cookies all over Victoria in January and February. And know that when you buy a box of Girl Scout cookies you are helping support a cause that is building up the next generation of businesswomen.