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Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons Cookie University comes to DSU

January 22, 2019

Cookie University will be hosted at Dakota State University on February 2 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Madison, SD.  Sponsored by Vern Eide Motorcars, CorTrust Bank, Citi and Voyage Federal Credit Union; this is an opportunity for Kindergarten through 12th Grade girls to prepare to build their cookie business and graduate with Pomp and Circumstance from Cookie University.

The financial literacy program uses age-appropriate curriculum to introduce Girl Scouts to the five skills (money management, decision making, goal setting, people skills and business ethics) they learn when participating in the Cookie Sale Program, which runs from February 13 to March 18, 2019.

“DSU and Girl Scouts pioneered the Cookie University four years ago,” stated Deb Tech, assistant professor in the College of Business and Information Systems; Tech is the DSU coordinator for the event.

Cookie University will begin with a fun activity session hosted by DSU students from photography, computer and CybHer clubs, international programs, cheerleaders and volleyball players.  All grade levels of Girl Scouts will then attend classes to learn about the cookie program, earn Cookie Business Badges, and share ideas. The afternoon will conclude with a rally and cookie tasting at the Dakota Prairie Playhouse.

“Cookie University provides the tools girls need to be successful cookie entrepreneurs,” said Marla Meyer, CEO of Girl Scouts-Dakota Horizons. “This is just one example of how the Girl Scout experience builds the next generation of female leaders.”

Technology plays a key role as well, as girls are introduced to Digital Cookie, a sales platform that takes girls from behind the booth to mobile and online channels, while also helping them run and manage their business online.

“Girl Scouts come to campus to learn about business and selling techniques focused on cookies,” Tech explained. “This provides Girl Scouts with role models both in the education and business worlds.”

Girl Scout Cookies can only be purchased from a registered Girl Scout beginning February 13, 2019. 

Dakota State University President José-Marie Griffiths spoke to the Girls Scouts at a previous Cookie University.