Sunday, April 1, 2018

This Financial Literacy Month, Stay Cash Conscious: You Can Take It to the Bank

Every year, millions of happy customers help Girl Scouts learn financial skills when buying a box (or six!) of tasty Girl Scout Cookies. With these everyday yet important cookie sales transactions, Girl Scouts get valuable lessons in budgeting, financial planning, money management, and so much more.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is one of the largest, and definitely the most iconic, financial literacy programs available to girls. This beloved program teaches millions of girls the five essential skills that prepare them for leadership, success, and an empowered life. And in 2014, Girl Scouts of the USA amped up the cookie program’s innovation and evolution with the launch of the Digital Cookie® platform. This online tool teaches girls how to market and sell cookies via the web and mobile devices. Talk about business skills that are SUPER important in the 21st century! Now in its fourth year, and with Dell’s support since 2015, Digital Cookie continues to keep Girl Scout programming current and relevant to today’s girls.

So how does all this invaluable financial literacy programming break down? Girl Scouts can earn more than a dozen entrepreneurial Cookie Business badges as part of the Girl Scout Cookie Program. From profit planning to budget management, girls get real hands-on experience running their very own businesses as they show the world their go-getting spirit. But that’s just the beginning! Through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, girls have many more opportunities to gain a higher level of financial prowess with relevant badges available from Daisies to Ambassadors.

Girls can also earn 11 dedicated Financial Literacy badges designed to simulate real-life situations, ensuring girls are poised to budget, save, and spend like a BOSS! You may be shocked to learn that, according to the 2013 report Having It All: Girls and Financial Literacy, a whopping 90 percent of girls say it’s important to learn how to manage money, but only 12 percent feel “very confident” making financial decisions. With this alarming stat in mind, it’s no wonder that financial management programs are more important now than ever.

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