Girl Scout cookie season is approaching in the Nation’s Capital, and young entrepreneurs are preparing with cookie conventions.
Several hundred girls descended on Camp Potomac Woods on a rainy Saturday in October for a Girl Scout Cookie season warm-up.
Girls rotated through six stations where they learned about goal-setting, marketing, and sale etiquette.
The Nation’s Capital Archive and History Committee had its own station where girls and leaders could learn about past local sales, vintage prizes, and Girl Guide biscuit sales.
We set up a selfie-station where girls had their picture taken in front of a quilt made with vintage cookie patches or holding (empty) cartons from long-gone flavors.
Troop moms especially enjoyed searching the quilt and pointing out which patches they had earned selling cookies.
By far the most popular attraction was a prize from the 2002 Little Brownie Bakers sale. With a monkey mascot that year, Little Brownie offered their own version of the Barrel of Monkeys game. Girls stood in line to try out this low-tech toy.
Cookie sales are staggered across the United States. The Washington DC area usually begins around January 1.
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©2022 Ann Robertson, writer, editor, and Girl Scout historian