Samoas originally uploaded by Liza Lagman Sperl
There’s only one cookie worth buying in my opinion: Samoas from the Girl Scouts. Now, how I go about acquiring these tasty morsels is a bit different than what I assume the majority of people would do. I absolutely refuse to buy Girl Scout cookies from anyone but the Scout herself while she’s standing at my front door. Thankfully for one little aspiring entrepreneur who took the initiative and showed up at my door with a clip board and a sheet asking for me to buy some from her–and I did.
I’m sure you’re already saying, “whoa, whoa, whoa Bill, wait a minute! These girls have full schedules–they have other obligations other than Girl Scouts, they cannot be expected to go door to door and sell cookies to you. That’s dangerous and time consuming and as such, you should buy them from me at work instead!” But no, I won’t do that. It’s not to say that I am not grateful for your service, as an adult, to the Girl Scout organization. I just don’t believe it does anything to meet the mission of the entire project. You know, like following the line that the Girl Scouts give about why they do this every year:
Girls practice useful life skills like planning, decision-making, and customer service. During cookie activities, girls are members of a team working towards a common goal, with each girl striving to do her best.
It could certainly be argued that Girl Scouts who have their parents sell for them are engaging in planning and decision-making but I am not entirely sure how the girls are supposed to provide customer service and strive to do their best when someone else is doing it all for them. It could also be argued that selling door-to-door is just plain dangerous in this day and age–something I completely agree with which is why the parents should limit their involvement to standing 5 feet behind the girls while they hawk their wares. The overzealous helicopter parents will get to feel like they contributed and their daughters do what the entire exercise was meant to promote. Win win!
I guess the real point of this was to find out why parents of Girl Scouts sell their cookies at work. I’m sure some of you out there have done this yourselves or have discussed the entire ordeal with your coworkers as they pawn off $3.50 boxes of 5 cookies to you. What are the reasons for it? Why is it that Girl Scouts cannot sell door to door anymore–like the little girl who will eventually swipe $10.50 from my pockets at the end of February? Whatever you have to say about Girl Scout cookies go ahead and comment on!