Learning to succeed

Drew Butler

Girl Scout cookies are back in season, and Scouts across the nation are busy making sales. The cookies serve a dual purpose because they are both a fundraiser for the organization and girls learn skills such as entrepreneurship and time management as they make their sales.

Local Scout Natalie Powell has been particularly busy selling cookies this year. In the space of less than a month, she’s already sold close to 200 boxes. Powell is a fifth grade student at Plainview Elementary, and she said it can sometimes be a bit stressful juggling school and making all her cookie sales — but overall it’s a lot of fun.

“I really like selling cookies and it’s fun, but sometimes stressful,” she said. “You’ve got to run everywhere and make sure you deliver the cookies people have ordered.”

The first two weeks of cookie season are dedicated to personal sales and each Scout focuses on making individual sales. Powell, who has been a Scout for five years, said one of her biggest points of focus is selling to previous customers. This list includes several local businesses — including The Ardmoreite — who look forward to seeing her every year.

Powell said that while cookie season is a fun time of year, she enjoys being a Girl Scout year round.

“My favorite part is getting to be with friends and work with a community that I know,” Powell said. “I like it because it’s just us girls, and I think the girls really understand each other.”

While Natalie continues to grow her customer base, her mother, Vanessa Powell, is there to help make deliveries.

“I really enjoy it,” she said. “It’s busy, but that’s just part of being a parent!”

Mrs. Powell is no stranger to helping a child make deliveries. Her 14-year-old son is a member of Scouts BSA, and she helps him with popcorn sales in the fall. She said both the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts have been a wonderful experience for her children.

“Scouting gives them an all-girls or all-boys space, and I think kids need that sometimes,” Vanessa said. “You’ve got a mixed environment at school, a mixed environment at church, and of course a mixed environment at home. The Scouts give them a safe place to just be themselves where girls can be girls and boys can be boys.”