I remember being a Girl Scout about twenty years ago. During my three years of Brownies, my family lived in Hawaii. At that time, there weren’t site sales outside of the grocery stores; all we did was go around the neighborhood (using a buddy system, of course) and took pre-orders from our neighbors. My older sister, who was also a Girl Scout, served as my buddy. One year, my father served as the “cookie parent” for my sister’s troop, and that was quite an experience.
The summer after third grade, my family moved to Washington State, where I ended up spending two-and-a-half years as a Junior. In the city we moved to, the troop didn’t do site sales, either. Since I didn’t know people as well there, I didn’t really do much in the way of cookie pre-sales, either. I ended up dropping out of Girl Scouts before I finished my final year of Junior Girl Scouting.
In the fall of 2003, my oldest child joined Girl Scouts as a Daisy scout. For that first year, we didn’t have to worry about cookie sales, since Daisy scouts didn’t sell cookies. But the next year, when my daughter was a first year Brownie, all that changed. I remember when the first pre-sales were looming, I was thinking about to my time as a Girl Scout, and wondering how well my daughter would end up doing selling cookies. When my daughter got her first pre-sale sheet, she was able to sell to relatives, friends at church, and to some of my husband’s co-workers. She sold over 100 boxes in presales, which is far better than I had ever done. And that year was also our first experience with site sales; however, it was my husband who helped her with those that first year, since we had a very young infant in the house that I needed to stay home and take care of.
The next year, my daughter sold a little less in presales, but still did rather well with site sales. And that was also the first year that I went with her to some of the site sales. Last year, my daughter sold a little less in presales compared to the previous year, but still did well with site sales. And last year, my husband and I came up with an agreement that we would alternate which one of us would escort our daughter to the site sales. My main memories of the site sales are standing out in the cold, and helping my daughter with the money transactions and keeping track of how many boxes of each kind we sold. Although a site sale shift lasts about two hours, the time actually flies by rather quickly.
My daughter just concluded her presales for this year, and they are down a bit compared to last year. Site sales will be coming up again in a couple of months, and I know that I will be out there helping again. And in a few years, my youngest will become a Girl Scout, and I should be able to create double the memories of selling Girl Scout cookies…