Cookie sales teach local Girl Scouts entrepreneurship

by Tonia Brooks
Staff Writer | June 11, 2020 1:00 AM

BONNERS FERRY — Local Girl Scout Troop 3801 has been selling Girl Scout cookies on Main Street for the past two weeks.

“I will do my best to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do, and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.”

The Girl Scout Law stated above was being practiced in Bonners Ferry as Girl Scouts from the local troop set up in front of the Under the Sun store downtown, greeting passersby and selling their famous Girl Scout cookies.

According to Kynsie Pauls, troop leader and parent of one of the Girl Scouts, all proceeds from the sale of the cookies stay with the local troop and go toward activities and needs.

Money is not the only benefit the girls receive from the annual cookie sales.

The girls learn entrepreneurship in marketing the cookies for sale and learn how to engage customers; they learn more about their community, and gain confidence by engaging in new experiences; they also learn teamwork and business skills.

“They sold over $800 in four hours the other day,” said Pauls.

Troop 3801 belongs to the Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho council, which serves around 4,000 girls in kindergarten through 12th grade. The Girl Scouts national organization estimates there are more than 1.7 million girls participating in the Girl Scouts, which is a global organization.

The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

For more information on the Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho call 509-747-8091 or visit gsewni.org.