The Cookies Count Try-It is probably one of the more easier ones to earn. Why? Because all of the requirements are necessary to have a successful cookie sale. This could and should be earned the first year of Brownies. This Try-it is a very important one to do as a troop because all of the girls need to understand how to sell cookies and what the purpose of selling cookies is. By doing it as a group, all the girls will get the same information and learn together about cookie selling. This is bound to be your top money earning project, therefore, they need to be excited about it and learn all they can before they begin selling.
As with every Try-It, the Brownies need to complete 4 requirements. The first one they can earn for the Cookies Count Try-It is setting goals. When the troop firsts receives their cookie selling package, it comes with a program to talk about goal setting. This can be discussed with the cookie chairperson (if present) since they should be explaining the cookie selling process.
During the goal setting phase make sure you or the cookie chairperson discusses:
– what the girls want to do with their money
– how much money would that cost
– how many cookies would they need to sell to make that money
You may start brainstorming trip or activity ideas at an earlier meeting to get an idea of how much they are looking at spending. Perhaps vote and get a couple ideas, maybe an expensive one and then a little less costly one. They can work on both ideas to see which one they would rather work towards.
There are several other things besides setting goals that are necessary to know about cookie selling. This simple activity will help them learn the basics and also complete this Try-It.
Selling Cookies Activity
There are a few things to discuss before starting this. Go over manners, how to ask customers to buy cookies, descriptions of each type of cookie, and counting change. Change may be hard at this age so it is a good idea to make a cheat sheet. Label prices for different quantities of boxes and then make some simple change equations.
1. Set up your meeting area as a neighborhood. Select one girl to be the Brownie and the other girls to be customers. Arrange the customers throughout the room. Depending on the size of the troop, two girls can “sell” together.
2. Have the seller go to each neighbor and as discussed, ask them to buy cookies, use manners,and practice change making.
3. Some of the neighbors should be told to say, “no” and others should be told to buy. This way the girls can practice each scenario.
4. Once the girl gets through the “neighborhood” ask the other girls what she did right and/or wrong at their stop.
5. When the “seller” is finished, rotate girls until all girls have completed the activity.
6. To make them a little more confident in selling to adults, have the girls practice again on different parents when they come to pick up their daughters from the meeting.
This should be a fun learning experience from them and make them excited to begin selling cookies. It is also an easy way to earn a Try-It. Throughout the sale, remind them of their goals and try to give them ideas to help them reach them.