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Bling your booth

Temporary “storefronts” will teach troops with Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan in the Saginaw area lifelong lessons.
“We are encouraging our girls to create professional-looking cookie booths as a way to further support the five skills they develop as they sell cookies,” said Amanda Kremer, GSHOM Product Program Specialist. “These skills are goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics.”
In addition to reinforcing the five skills, prizes will be awarded to troops with the best looking booths as part of the “Bling Your Booth Contest.”
The success of the Girl Scout movement is tied to the ability of volunteers and staff to create a fun environment for girls as they learn, said Jan Barker, Chief Executive Officer of GSHOM.
“We take our mission to be good stewards of our girls’ potential very seriously,” Barker said. “This is a great opportunity for them to have some fun while they go about the serious business of developing skills which will position them well for their future endeavors.”
The contest coincides with cookie sales in each of GSHOM’s five regions. The Saginaw region leads the way beginning on November 9 and goes through December 15. From February 15 through March 31 troops in GSHOM’s other regions –Ann Arbor, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing and Turkeyville – will join in the contest as their cookie sales take place.
Each week a winning troop will be selected based on the creativity and professional look of their booths and these troops and their leaders will be awarded a “Bling Your Booth” patch, in addition to having photographs posted on the GSHOM website. Each of these troops also will be in the running for the Grand Prize which will be awarded in April, Kremer said.
“We want the leaders to turn the booths over to the girls and let them be creative,” Kremer said. “It’s really important to demonstrate to customers what they are trying to do with the proceeds. If they will be using their earnings to take a trip or do a community service project , they need to find a way within their display to make sure people know what they’re doing with the funds.”
Kremer said troops also should wear their GSHOM apparel, display their troop number, and have a few extra boxes of cookies on hand so they can pass out samples.
“We are encouraging customers to ask the girls questions as they would with any salesperson they interact with,” Kremer said. “This will help our girls learn the basics of operating a successful business.”

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