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Girl Scout, community both benefit through cookie program

Ariana Cookie Seller

Ariana Snodgrass knew she wanted to grow her Girl Scout Cookie business.

And with her Girl Scout spirit she decided to create an email address just for cookies, and then printed it on business cards.

That way when Ariana encountered someone who wasn’t ready to buy cookies, they could reach out to her later.

The business cards, in addition to working cookie booths, is how 12-year-old Ariana sold an impressive 2,018 packages of cookies in 2018.

Through the cookie program, Girl Scouts practice people skills as they work at cookie booths. Ariana said the cookie program has helped her become more social.

“I’ve been able to talk to people easier, it’s made me have more friends,” she said.

Her favorite part about participating in the cookie program is tapping into her imaginative side by decorating the cookie booth. In 2018, her booth had a sea serpent, a large underwater sea creature that is featured in mythologies.

“It’s fun and lets you express your creativity and just makes you enjoy it more,” she said.

Jacilyn Wood, Ariana’s mother, has watched as her daughter has changed by participating in the program.

“She used to be really quiet to the point where she really didn’t talk to anybody at all,” Jacilyn said. “It’s really helped her open up and not be shy, having to talk to people and just put herself out there.”

An important part of the program is teaching girls goal setting. Ariana set her goal based on the activity she wanted to do — a six-day stay at Camp Molly Lauman. If girls sold 2,018 packages of cookies, they earned a free session of resident camp.

Ariana had attended camp the previous three summers and knew she wanted to go back. Participating in the cookie program helped her do just that.

Girls also learn money management through the program as head of their own business. Jacilyn said taking part in the Girl Scout Cookie Program has taught Ariana responsibility.

“She has to handle everything herself. I make her count all of her own money, so she’d learn to be responsible,” Jacilyn said.

Ariana wasn’t the only one who benefited from the cookie program. With proceeds from the program, Ariana said she and members of her Marysville troop collected hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair brushes for a shelter, donated to an animal shelter, and gave needy children Christmas presents.

“We decided that since … many people don’t have the things they need and how animals are suffering, we thought we would do something helpful,” Ariana said.