Congratulations! ¡Felicitaciones! Hartelijk gefeliciteerd! In other words: you did it! You helped your girls reach their goals and you rocked your cookie program like a #cookieboss. Seriously, we couldn’t be more excited for you.
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Now that this year’s Girl Scout Cookie Program is coming to a close, it’s time to kick your feet up, reflect on your achievements, and #treatyoself (and your girls) to a bit of R&R. To get you started, here are 3 fun ways to celebrate the end of cookie season with your troop (and 1 that’s just for you!):
Get energized and refresh with an outdoor excursion
Getting outdoors with your girls is the perfect way to clear your mind and rejuvenate – and it doesn’t have to be a complicated affair! If your girls like to hike, grab your day packs and check out a local half day hike. A few hours out on the trail can boost creativity, improve your fitness, and fuel a great attitude for days to come.
If your girls aren’t the hiking type, try a quick walk around the block, hold your next meeting at a local park, or even host a no-phones-allowed backyard campout to allow for maximum bonding time with minimum planning and setup.
Host a pamper party
PJ pants, a few fun treats, and a great girl power movie are all you need to let your troop have a relaxing night to appreciate their hard work. If your girls are on the older side, you might invite them to bring their favorite nail polish, face mask, and the like so that they can pamper themselves while they chill out. Looking for movie ideas that will leave your girls feeling empowered? Some of our favorite include: Moana, Mulan, A League of Their Own, and Belle.
Remember, this is supposed to be a relaxing experience, so don’t go pullin’ out all the stops on this event! There’s no need to get super crafty with decorations or make any fancy hors d’oeuvres – just keep it simple and make it all about sharing in the excitement of your troop’s hard work and accomplishments.
Have a gift-making craft night
We know that cookie season takes a lot of dedicated volunteers, so it’s time to thank everyone who helped you reach your goals! Gather your girls for a fun night of crafting so that they can make homemade thank you gifts for everyone who played an important role in their cookie program: parents who walked with them door-to-door, parents and co-leaders who volunteered for booth sales, the troop cookie manager, your cookie cupboard volunteers, and many more.
No matter who you’re thanking, the gifts don’t need to be complex or pricey in order to be thoughtful! You can check out our Pinterest for homemade appreciation gift ideas, but here are some our favorites: “thanks for helping me grow” mason jar succulent, “thanks a latte” coffee drink, and “you are KIND of awesome” KIND bars.
Just for adults: organize your own cookie pairing night!
And how do we thank the parents and volunteers who worked tirelessly, schlepping cookies around town, working booth sales, and trading cases with other parents to ensure each girl’s goal was reached? What better way than to host a cookie + alcohol pairing night!
Save a box of each cookie variety and gather your troop’s parents and volunteers who are 21 and older (no girls allowed!) for an at-home alcohol and cookie pairing event. Whether you’re looking to pair with beer or wine, there are many Girl Scout Cookie aficionados who have done the research and developed handy charts to get you started (just give it a quick Google). Not interested in serving alcohol? Sparkling apple cider is a great alternative!
No matter how you choose to celebrate your successful cookie sale, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on your troop’s go-getter dedication to their goals and their ability to achieve anything they set their minds to. We can’t wait to see all of the amazing experiences your troop has that are powered by the Girl Scout Cookie Program!
Psst – How is your troop planning to spend your cookie program earnings this year? Let us know in the comments below!
Marissa Vessels—Marissa is a lifelong Girl Scout, Gold Awardee, and Marketing Manager at Girl Scout of Northern California. Though she’s originally from Southern California (Yay, Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council!), she moved to the East Bay to attend UC Berkeley and never looked back. One of her favorite things about Girl Scouting in the Bay Area is all the incredible hiking and camping options available to girls who love to explore the outdoors!