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Houston Community College educates Girl Scouts at Cookie College

 Girl Scout leader gives her nod of approval to an eager Brownie student
Girl Scout leader gives her nod of approval to an eager Brownie student
courtesy of HCC

Houston Community College Southwest recently hosted Cookie College for Girl Scouts to get prepared for one of the Girl Scouts largest fundraisers coming in the next few weeks.

On January 4, young Brownies to teenage Girl Scout Ambassadors gathered at the HCC Southwest’s Stafford Campus to learn five leadership skills.

The skills presented to the girls were goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics and will aid in discovering their own strengths, connect with each other and the community, and take action as problem solvers within the global community.

In actual HCC Southwest classrooms, each level of scout worked toward earning new Cookie Business I badges, as well as Cookie College participation patches. Younger girls focused on safety issues, learning the products and simple sales skills, while older scouts graduated to the business side of the operation.

“These girls are learning the cookie business,” says Lawanda Olagunju, leading a class of fourth and fifth graders. “We’re teaching customer service, goal setting and preparation.”

Teens and pre-teens studied how to write an actual business plan for selling cookies to earn a Budgeting badge. They learned how to write a mission statement, set business goals, increase a customer base, create a risk management plan and gather expert feedback on a business plan.

According to Girl Scouts of America, Cookie College teaches skills that will help scouts grow into leaders in their own life, leaders in business and leaders in the world.