Buying Girl Scout Cookies is about more than just handing over money for a box. It’s about the skills a girl gains from interacting directly with cookie consumers.

Area Girl Scout Troops, dubbed cookie professionals, learned valuable lessons selling cookies this season.

Cookie sales were from Jan. 15 to Feb. 21 and Thin Mints reigned supreme.

Selling cookies teaches girls goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics — aspects essential to leadership, to success and to life.

Each troop has what they call a “Cookie Mom,” and her job is to help manage the finances, arrange booth sales for the Scouts, and anything that deals with the cookie-selling business.

“Being the cookie mom is an extremely stressful job, however, it is well worth it for as much as my daughter Jayda enjoyed selling cookies,” Jordan Mays said. “Every day we went to school she would ask all of the teachers and staff to buy cookies. She went around the neighborhood a few times, and she ended up selling a lot of cookies.”

Mays said her group, Troop 6192, was able to meet its goals. The troop’s top seller was Aven Hernandez.

“Overall, I would say that the cookie experience was a good one and was a great opportunity to increase their math skills by handling the money, as well as dedication and determination to meet their own personal goals,” she said.

“I am happy that my child got to experience this. We are still in the process of planning our fun trip and we donated several boxes of cookies to the deployed soldiers.”

During the cookie sales, Girl Scouts Tamari Hill, 7, of Troop 6192 and Scarlet Quintana, 5, of Troop 6170, said they had “fun selling cookies” and they both “learned a lot.”

According to the organization’s website, the Girl Scout Cookie Program is the premier entrepreneurship opportunity for girls, but it is just one part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Girl Scouts participate in many activities throughout the year and work on many projects.

As a result of a successful campaign, Troop 6170 will go to Great Wolf Lodge in May. The group also plans a skating party at Texas Skateland in April and will go horseback riding.

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