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Girl Scouts Learn Business Skills During Cookie Season Kick-off

More than 250 Girl Scouts fill a Missouri Southern building for an event called Cookie University.
JOPLIN, MO -- More than 250 Girl Scouts fill a Missouri Southern building for an event called Cookie University. It was held at the Plaster Free Enterprise Center this afternoon. Girl Scouts partnered with Missouri Southern business students to design a program that will help girls ages 5 to 18 earn financial and sales badges. The work shop is designed to teach young girls sales and customer service skills just in time for the 2014 cookie program.

"The girls really know how to develop their skills, try their wings talking with strangers, making sales pitches, and they develop their leadership skills through Cookie University," said Lisa Nelson, Volunteer Representative.

The activities ranged from counting money with first-time cookie sellers to setting up online marketing tools.

And to finish off the day, the Girl Scouts hosted the annual Cookie Crunch Off. First, Girl Scouts competed against each other on teams of four to see who could down the cookies fastest. In the second round, the winning team competed against community members, including groups from Mars Petcare, Wal-Mart, General Mills, and Navy Recruiters. Each person had to swallow eight cookies before the next competitor could test out their cookie-crunching skills. The lucky winners were members of the General Mills team.

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