Put the "Scout" in Girl Scout Cookie Prizes
Girl Scouts in our our area recently received a survey about what cookie prizes they would like to receive in 2017. The prize options they were able to choose from included plush toys, play spatulas, jewelry boxes, nail wraps, mixing bowls and cookie stamps. Of the 20 or so items offered, the only ones that had anything to do with physical activity were a kickball and a water bottle. There were no options in the survey for girls to comment or make suggestions.
We are SCOUTS - why can't the incentives for participation have at least a BALANCE of camping, outdoors or activity themed prizes? Why must girls be offered a majority of items that emphasize traditional feminine appearance, fashion, cooking, etc? Please stop pigeonholing girls into traditional roles and give them choices that reflect their wide range of interests that have nothing to do with gender. Please give them some choices that reflect outdoor activities, sports, science, exploration and creativity. Please reflect what Girl Scouts is really about in the prize incentives for cookie sales.
The Girl Scout program, including badges, journeys and leadership opportunities, teaches our daughters social responsibility, environmental awareness, financial sense, self-awareness, relationship sense, entrepreneurial skills and community service (and more). Girl Scout badges promote outdoor skills, life skills, and artistic skills. The reward program for most popular fundraiser in our country should reflect the values of the program and celebrate the girls who are doing the work.
Stereotyping girls' interests in the prize selection doesn't encourage them to be themselves. Yes, some girls like nail wraps and jewelry boxes, but not ALL girls. Please give them broader options for prizes. Here are some suggestions:
Money for trips, outings, adventures, programs
Tickets to amazing opportunities
Binoculars to look to the horizon
Telescopes to reach for the stars
Microscopes to focus on the details
Compasses to find their way
Tents, sleeping bags, pads for outdoor adventures
Mess kits and camp stoves for meals on the go
Legos to encourage engineering skills
Science kits for their brilliant minds
Pocket Knives and Multi Tools for their nimble hands
Art sets to encourage their creativity
Sports equipment to challenge their physical abilities
Yoga mats for strength and flexibility
Games - card games and board games, to encourage friendship
And more ideas for small, inexpensive items: flashlights, star charts, lanyards, whistles, carabiner clips, neckerchiefs, sun hats
Please ask the Girl Scouts and their Cookie Bakers to put Scouting emphasis into their prize incentives.
(Signers, please include your Girl Scout level - junior, cadette, etc. -, or volunteer position, or "parent" in the comments.)
- Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of the USA
Pending - GSUSA
- Little Brownie Bakers
- ABC Bakery
The attached petition reflects the views of thousands of Girl Scouts, parents, leaders, volunteers, and alumnae who believe that girls should not be stereotyped. We believe that the 2017 Cookie Sale prize incentives that have been offered reflect a limited view of girls' abilities and potential, lack quality, and do not support or enhance the Girl Scouts' mission to "build girls of courage, confidence, and character".
Please change your process for selecting cookie prizes to reflect the following:
* reduce the number of prize options that emphasize fashion and physical appearance
* reduce the number of prize options that emphasize the traditional feminine role of homemaker
* increase the number of prize options that stimulate girls' interest in outdoor programming such as camping
* increase the number of prize options that stimulate girls' interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math
* increase the number of prize options that will appeal to girls ages 10 and up
Furthermore, we ask that the Girl Scouts prize incentive program honor the Girl Scout law's tenet of "Use Resources Wisely", and consider prize options that will reduce waste, support our economy rather than contribute to land fills.
The attached petition contains ideas, suggestions and comments that reflect the opinions of real girls in the Girl Scout program today, as well as their family, leaders, and supporters. As part of a well-rounded program, the Girl Scout's cookie sales incentives should add value to and support the programming of the Girl Scouts organization.
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