EAST BEND — It’s cookie time for Girl Scouts across the region. Cookies have become synonymous with the group and it’s not only troop members who look forward to this time of year. Heather Fix, leader of the East Bend Girl Scout troop, said some of the most popular Girl Scout cookies are Thin Mints and Caramel Delights.
Her troop has been hard at work selling the sweet treats to friends and family and at booths at local schools and businesses and will continue to do so through March.
There are various incentives for the girls to sell the cookies. Selling 500 boxes of cookies gets a Girl Scout admission to a special day at a water park, a goal for which most of the troop members strive.
Fix said Girl Scouts learn many different skills from selling cookies, with money management and social skills being at the forefront.
“We talk about the value of money,” Fix said. Learning how to interact on a social and business level is also an important skill the girls learn. Fix said they do role playing scenarios with the troop to teach them how to react should they come across a rude customer or person who doesn’t want to buy cookies.
“We go through different responses to ‘would you like to buy a box of cookies’ and how to follow up, you always say thank you,” Fix said, adding they teach the girls. “There’s lots to learn with the cookie business.”
Though they are learning important life skills, Fix said the girls also have a lot of fun selling cookies and working on new patches.
The East Bend Troop is fairly new, it was established in the fall of 2014, but the girls already have achieved a number of merit patches and are always working on more. Fix said the troop wants to be known for its community service and the girls are always looking for projects where they can volunteer.
The troop had a very special event last weekend with a Daddy/Daughter Sweetheart Dance. The troop members as well as girls from East Bend and Forbush Elementary danced the night away last Friday at Myers Auction House in East Bend.
“Some of the girls had to convince their dads to attend,” Fix said. “At the end of the night, approximately 160 guests attended the dance.”
Music and deejay services were provided by Sounds by Jordan and the troop mothers provided food and decorations. Fix said the money raised from the dance will assist the troop with travel plans. Fix said they hope to make the Daddy/Daughter Sweetheart Dance an annual event.
“This troop is very determined and the adult leaders and volunteers will help them reach all their goals to succeed,” Fix said. “We desire to give these girls the confidence to be anything they want to be.”
Anyone interested in joining or volunteering with the East Bend Girl Scouts is asked to contact [email protected]
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