Give Back

When you earn the Financial Literacy badge called Philanthropist, you find out how philanthropists give money to help others. In this badge, use the skills you learned to come up with ideas for how to give back with some of your cookie money!

1. Find out about businesses that give back
2. Set a giving goal
3. Involve your customers
4. Practice giving back
5. Tell your cookie customers how they helped

When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll know how businesses help others—and how I can do the same thing.

Earned by Scouts.

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Marketing

When you earn the Financial Literacy badge called Comparison Shopping, you have to sort through promotions, deals, and ads to find the best bargain for you. Now you can use some of what you learned to create a strong advertisement and marketing message for your cookie sale.

1. Find out more about brand identity
2. Check out the competition
3. Research other products that have a philanthropic angle
4. Develop your marketing message
5. Create your marketing campaign

When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll know how to create a marketing plan for my cookie business.

Earned by Scouts.

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Meet My Customers

When you earn the Financial Literacy badge called Money Manager, you can make an elf paper doll and take her shopping. You can learn a lot about how to manage your money by pretending to be a customer! When you earn this Cookie Business badge, use what you learned to make sure your own cookie customers enjoy buying from you!

1. Find out where your customers are
2. Talk to some customers
3. Practice handling money and making change
4. Role-play good customer relations
5. Thank your customers!

When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll know how to find customers and be comfortable selling to them.

Earned by Scouts.

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My Portfolio

When you earn the Financial Literacy badge called Financing My Future, you learn to invest in yourself, whether that means going to a trade school, community college, or university. No matter what path you choose after high school — continuing your education or getting a job — you’ll find that your cookie sales experience will put you a step ahead.

1. Create a cookie resume
2. Put together a cookie portfolio
3. Get feedback about how to market yourself for a job or college interview
4. Write an essay about what you learned from the cookie sale
5. Learn how to ace an interview

When I’ve earned this badge, I’ll be able to show college admissions officers and employers what I’ve learned from cookie sales experience.

Earned by Scouts.

P&L

When you earn the Financial Literacy badge called Good Credit, you learn how to use money wisely so that you’ll be seen as a good credit risk — someone who will be responsible and meet her financial obligations. Now you can use those same values of honesty and responsibility as you run your cookie business. After all, practicing good business ethics means looking at both the business P&L (profit and loss) and the Girl Scout P&L (Promise and Law)!

1. Find out more about business ethics
2. Create your own Cookie Promise
3. Pass your customer list on
4. Teach younger Girl Scouts about the business ethics of the cookie sale
5. Leave a legacy

When I’ve earned this badge, I will know how to translate my Girl Scout values to my cookie business.

Earned by Scouts.