Back row, left to right: Madellynn Lockhart (1,272 packages), Trinity Brewer (1,074 packages), Ashley Hendrix (1,100 packages), Keely McCarthy (1,350 packages), Lauren Mei (1,054 packages), Mackenzie Tordoff (1,052 packages). Front row left to right: Rebecca Linker (1,076 packages), Quin Wardlaw (top seller with 1,375 packages), Natalie Westfall (1,100 packages).
Irvine Girl Scouts sold more than 166,000 packages of Girl Scout cookies in 2013, an increase of 2.6% from last year, with 1,090 young women in more than 100 troops participating. Girl Scout Cookies are an icon of American culture. For nearly 100 years, Girl Scouts, with the enthusiastic support of their families, have helped ensure the success of the annual sale. From its earliest beginnings to its current popularity, selling Girl Scout Cookies has helped girls have fun, develop valuable life skills, and make their communities a better place. These efforts contributed more than $346,000 to Girl Scouts of Orange County. And because of the troop sharing program, Irvine troops also earned more than $120,000 to use on Girl Scouting.
275 Super Seller Girl Scouts, with cookie sales of 200 packages or more, were thanked on Wednesday, May 15th at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. These young women sold 93,770 packages, or 56% of the boxes sold by Irvine Girl Scouts. This was a 5.6% increase from 2012 and 60% since the recognition program began in 2009. Irvine Girl Scout Super Sellers sold an average of 341 packages each.
For the second year in a row, the top seller is Quin Wardlaw, a 5th grader at Santiago Hills Elementary, sold 1,375 packages. She said the secret to her selling success is maintaining her customer list from the prior years’ sales. Since 2010, Quin has sold 4,637 packages!
Not alone in the thousand packages club, Quin was joined by Keely McCarthy (1,350 packages), Madellynn Lockhart (1,272 packages), Natalie Westfall (1,100 packages), Ashley Hendrix (1,100 packages), Rebecca Linker (1,076 packages), Trinity Brewer (1,074 packages), Emily Ozima (1,067 packages), Lauren Mei (1,054 packages) and Mackenzie Tordoff (1,052 packages). The top 10 sellers, each with more than one thousand packages sold, totaled 11,496 packages or 7% of all Irvine packages sold!
Rebecca Linker, a Cadette Girl Scout shared one tip – location, location, location. She sells Girl Scout cookies at a science fiction convention that attracts people from all over the world. Linker reports “ I have had the opportunity to meet Girl Guides from several different countries who happen to share my interest in sci fi, as well as scouting/guiding. To them, Girl Scout Cookies are "legendary," and they have been the source of many sales, plus fun discussions over the differences and similarities in the respective programs, as well as a source of several new friends.”
Displaying Girl Scout character, Katie Miyadi, , a Brownie, reported that she stood in the rain on National Girl Scout Cookie Day selling at a local El Pollo Loco. Customers asked her why she was standing in the rain selling cookies. Her response? “A Girl Scout always keeps her promises!”
There are always funny stories during the Girl Scout cookie sale. This year, Megan Kosai, a Junior, reported that AAA came to unlock her mom’s car with the garage’s Girl Scout Cookie order. Her mom, Marissa, explained to the agent that help was needed in a hurry, because she and her daughters didn’t want to be late to a Girl Scout cookie booth sale. The driver drove away eating his Thin Mints.
Finally, Makenna Chung a Daisy Girl Scout, and her mother Carolyn told the audience that Girl Scout Cookies has increased Makenna’s confidence. At the beginning of the sale, Makenna was shy, hesitant to ask her customers to purchase Girl Scout cookies. By the end of Makenna’s door to door efforts, she told her mom, “I can do this Mom!”
When a Girl Scout sells cookies, she’s doing more than just handing over a box. She’s creating a plan, interacting with customers, and working as part of a team. She’s building a lifetime of skills and confidence. Selling cookies teaches goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics—aspects essential to leadership, to success, and to life.
Girl Scouts of Orange County is providing a safe environment for nearly 23,000 girls to develop their talents and leadership skills and grow up to be strong, healthy and happy women. Girl Scouts Work – a recent study showed that women who were Girl Scouts when they were young have higher perceptions of self, higher rates of volunteerism and civic engagement, higher rates of college education and higher household incomes that non- alumnae.